According to former general manager Mark Dominik, there's one coach who could beat out Dirk Koetter for the job of Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach. Dominik dropped a sly hint on Twitter, saying that said coach hadn't ended his season yet.
The Bucs have interviewed two head coaches in Harold Goodwin and Sean McDermott who are still in the playoffs, but Dominik yesterday said he didn't think either would be the team's head coach. They may also want to interview New England Patriots coordinators Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia, both of whom have a history with Bucs general manager Jason Licht. Had the Bucs wanted to talk to them, though, they could only have done so this weekend. No reports suggest they have, and they'll have to wait until the Super Bowl bye week or until the Patriots are eliminated (whichever comes first). It seems unlikely the Bucs are willing to wait that long.
Other potential candidates who are still in the playoffs: Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers and offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett. Kansas City Chiefs coordinators Doug Pederson and Bob Sutton. Denver Broncos coordinators Rick Dennison and Wade Phillips, and Seattle Seahawks coordinators Darrell Bevell and Kris Richard, and Seahawks assistant head coach Tom Cable, and Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator James Bettcher. The Bucs can't interview the Cardinals and Broncos coordinators until Super Bowl bye week or their teams are eliminated from the playoffs. They could interview the other coordinators this week.
There's also one other possibility: Nick Saban, whose season with Alabama ends tonight.
Dominik has been busy talking about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers these past 24 hours. Dropping hints about Michael Bennett, explaining drafting Mike Glennon, giving his opinion on who the Bucs are likely to hire as their head coach, and now dropping yet another hint. He's mostly been quiet about his time in Tampa so far, but maybe he's going to start opening up about all the dirty secrets now?
ESPN's Josina Anderson suggested Dominik was referring to Goodwin, though she clarified later this was not her reporting anything just suggesting that he was interviewed and still in the playoffs.
Yes, it’s Harold Goodwin and the connections are there in Tampa to pull the trigger. https://t.co/azu5lq55KN— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) January 11, 2016
So far, though, most signs continue to point at Dirk Koetter.