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The Bermuda Triangle Of The Tampa Bay Head Coaching Search

You can get lost real quick around these parts.

NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Arizona Cardinals
It’d be a really big deal if Bruce Arians came to Tampa Bay.
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Three to please. Three to tease. Three to piss you off.

When it comes to any type of search - whether it be a coach, GM, free agent, etc - in the NFL, there always seems to be plenty of candidates to consider. Whether or not those candidates live up to expectations is a whole different story.

Everyone usually has three types of lists when it comes prospective candidates for jobs in the NFL: realistic candidates, dream candidates, and stay-the-hell-away candidates.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers fired Dirk Koetter on Sunday in an expected move. Here is my list of who I think would be a good fit, a terrible fit, and a dream fit to replace the now-departed head coach.

It makes the most sense to go with...

1) Vic Fangio

I’ve been following Fangio since his days at Stanford. He has always been able to put together good defensive units despite what he has on the roster.

While it seems that Fangio is happy in Chicago, he did interview for the head coaching position before Matt Nagy was hired. When it comes to hiring coaches under contract, there isn’t any issue as long as the wanted coach isn’t making a lateral move and both teams agree to the move.

Therefore, there are no hurdles to clear if Tampa Bay wants Fangio and Fangio wants Tampa Bay. The offense is there and a talented defensive mind like Fangio could be the missing piece that rounds out this team.

2) Kris Richard

I wouldn’t necessarily like the move, but I’d be on board with it. Richard’s resume is pretty impressive overall, but it does lack in certain areas.

He was let go by the same coach that brought him to the NFL in Pete Carroll. He was a part of the construction of the Legion of Boom, but it’s hard to know how big of a role he played. Gus Bradley and Carroll were also major players in shaping the unit.

But you can’t deny the fact that everywhere he’s gone, he’s had success. He’s also young and comes from a good coaching tree.

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Kris Richard is a prime candidate for the Bucs.
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That seems to be the hiring trend in today’s NFL and it wouldn’t be a bad thing to see the Bucs hop on board.

3) Pete Carmichael, Jr.

It’s surprising that you don’t hear this name more often when it comes to head coaching vacancies in the NFL. Carmichael has been the New Orleans Saints’ offensive coordinator since 2009.

While it’s Sean Payton’s offense, Carmichael has had extensive time learning under Payton and took over playcalling duties when Payton was suspended during the 2012 season. The Saints finished with the second ranked offense in the league in terms of total yards and were third in points.

Carmichael is also young. He’s just 47 and has been interviewed for a head coaching gig before, so the interest is there to be had. Plus, it wouldn’t hurt stealing someone from a rival team.

I’ll paint my body in pewter and red if...

1) The Bucs hire Bruce Airans.

Maaaan, this would be awesome. Too bad there are a ton of dominoes that would have to fall in order for this to happen. Airans even said as recently as December 4th that he had no desire to coach the Green Bay Packers.

One would think Green Bay is a much, much better job than Tampa Bay. If he isn’t interested in coaching the Goat, then he probably wouldn’t want to come to the Bucs, either.

Regardless, if the Glazers could somehow find a way to lure him in, it’d be the biggest hire since that guy with the bowl cut and they’d get a little bit of the fan bases’ respect back.

2) Tampa Bay makes the trade for John Harbaugh.

Like the hiring of the look-alike Chucky doll, there is a possibility that the Bucs could make a trade for the long-tenured coach of the Baltimore Ravens.

It’s hard to believe the report earlier in the season about Harbaugh and the Ravens parting ways. The main reason being that Jason La Canfora was putting out the report, but now that the Ravens have made the playoffs, it seems even more unlikely that the two sides will split.

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John Harbaugh would look good in pewter and red.
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But, if there is even a shred of truth to this that opens a door for the Bucs - I’m all in. Harbaugh has been solid, if not very good during his time in Baltimore.

3) They don’t promote from within.

This would be a disastrous move. While there are some coaches on the current staff that have promise, said promise is set come in the future and not the present.

There wasn’t any area of consistency on this team, either. The quarterbacks turned the ball over, the running game was back and forth, the offensive line sucked. The defensive line didn’t turn it on until the latter half of the season. the linebackers underperformed, and the secondary was non-existent throughout the year.

There’s been a lot of talk lately as to how the Bucs are one of the worst jobs in the NFL. That’ll be proven true if they promote from within and can’t bring in someone from the outside.

I’ll become a Saints fan if....

1) Jim Harbaugh is coaching Jameis Winston.

Yea. The “other” Harbaugh. Not Jack, though. He’s cool.

Sure, Harbaugh had success in the NFL, but that was also almost five years ago. He was a tremendous help in resurrecting Alex Smith’s career, but Smith has flourished since he and Harbaugh split.

He also brought along Colin Kaepernick. That didn’t last long, however, as the 49ers fell to 8-8 just two years after they reached the Super Bowl.

I don’t know why he hasn’t been able to translate his success to the college game, but that is alarming. Outside of recruiting, the college game is an easier beast to tame.

He’s 1-9 against top-10 since he’s been at Michigan. That type of trend needs to stay out of Tampa Bay.

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Please keep this man in Michigan.
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2) This team belongs to Dan Campbell.

It really bothers me that there is even the slightest of momentum in regards to hiring Campbell.

Nothing against Campbell nor the people who want him in Tampa Bay. I don’t think less of you for wanting him here. But I do believe you need to examine the reasons why with much more detail.

He went 5-7 as interim coach for the Miami Dolphins. There were a couple of good years when he coached Charles Clay in Miami, but outside of that, his players have never really been a major factor.

Campbell would be an even bigger risk than Harbaugh, but not the ultimate risk. Don’t worry, the suspense won’t last long, because the ultimate risk is next up in line.

3) If I have to listen to Gregg Williams run his mouth year-round.

Don’t. Please, just don’t.

Williams is overtly obnoxious and overtly alpha - if there is such a thing.

Everything he does is over the top and I’m pretty sure he likes it that way. I’ll give him a lot of credit for the job he’s done in Cleveland, but hopefully they make the mistake of giving him the job and not the Bucs.

He should have about seven different opportunities to get hired this year, anyway. I mean, he’s got it made.


Who would you like to see become the Bucs’ head coach?

This poll is closed

  • 70%
    Bruce Arians
    (825 votes)
  • 4%
    Kris Richard
    (56 votes)
  • 12%
    Vic Fangio
    (144 votes)
  • 4%
    Jim Harbaugh
    (58 votes)
  • 7%
    (84 votes)
1167 votes total Vote Now