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Bucs target Linehan, Gailey, Chudzinski for O.C.



Former Rams coach Scott Linehan appears to be the strongest candidate for the Bucs' offensive coordinator position.

Linehan turned down a similar position with the 49ers Sunday saying he had other opportunities. One report out of New York says new coach Rex Ryan will retain offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, a position Linehan was in the mix for.

The Bucs plan to talk to at least a few other candidates, including Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Chan Gailey and Browns offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski.

Gailey, was the Dallas Cowboys head coach and led them to the playoffs in 1998 and '99. As an offensive coordinator with the Steelers and Dolphins, he's always been committed to running the football.

Chudzinski was the Miami Hurricanes offensive coordinator for three seasons before following Butch Davis to Cleveland, where he coached tight ends. He coached the Chargers' tight ends in 2006-07 before returning to the Browns as offensive coordinator.

Injuries to quarterbacks Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn cost the Browns last season. Cleveland was 31st in total offense.

A few other early observations from Mobile, Ala.

  • Doug Williams, whose contract expires next month, is expected to return to the Bucs in the pro personnel department. He has met with new GM Mark Dominik and accompanied coaches and team officials to the Senior Bowl.
  • Running backs coach and special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia is under contract and will remain with the team. He also is in Mobile. Receivers coach Richard Mann is believed to be safe as well.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:23pm]


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