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Bucs turn focus this week to interviewing top coordinators for head coaching job



Bucs co-chairman Joel Glazer promised a thorough head coaching search and he's a man of his word.

Having already interviewed or attempted to meet with four former NFL head coaches and Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray, the Bucs apparently will spend the week talking with some of the league's top coordinators.

According to multiple reports, Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer is meeting with the Bucs today and Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski will interview with the Glazers Tuesday. The Bucs also have received permission to interview Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin.

The list isn't likely to end there. Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell also has been discussed within the club as an assistant coach the Bucs would like to interview, although they will have to wait until after Sunday's NFC Championship game in San Francisco.

Since Raheem Morris was fired Jan. 2, the Bucs have interviewed former Packers and Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman, former Vikings coach Brad Childress and fomer Browns, Chiefs, Redskins and Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer. Houston Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips cancelled a scheduled interview Friday with the Bucs.

One thing is clear: the Bucs will have no problem heading to the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama without a head coach or coaching staff.

Philbin's son, Michael, drowned in Oshkosh, Wis., last week but he coached in Sunday's NFC Divisional playoff game against the Giants. He already has interviewed with the Miami Dolphins and could become a candidate for the Raiders head coaching job.



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