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Bucs blocked again in attempt to interview a coordinator



Greg Schiano is getting a real crash course in the reality of NFL hiring in his first weeks on the job.

For the third time in two weeks, the Bucs' new head coach was denied an opportunity to interview another team's assistant coach for one of Tampa Bay's coordinator posts. This time, according to, the 49ers declined to make defensive backs coach Ed Donatell available to the Bucs, meaning they'll have to look elsewhere in their efforts to fill their vacant defensive coordinator job.

The Bucs have been denied permission to interview two other assistants in recent weeks. The Cardinals declined a request to interview John McNulty and the Packers denied Tampa Bay's efforts to access Ben McAdoo. Both were candidates for the Bucs' offensive coordinator post, one that was filled Friday night with the hiring of Mike Sullivan, formerly the Giants quarterbacks coach.

The Bucs have a history of similar tactics, denying several former assistant opportunities to pursue jobs with other teams that would have been promotions. If an assistant coach is under contract, NFL rules allow teams to prohibit them from interviewing for other jobs unless the potential job is for a head coach position.

[Last modified: Saturday, February 11, 2012 3:18pm]


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