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The Bucs coaching staff still is unsettled.
Defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin has not reached an accord on a contract with the Bucs. General manager Bruce Allen grouses about the salaries of assistant coaches spiraling out of control. Kiffin made about $1.7-million. It's believed he has been offered less than he earned last season.
Imagine how disappointed the Bucs were in Cowboys owner Jerry Jones when he signed offensive coordinator Jason Garrett to a $3-million per year contract.
One thing we're hearing is that former Nebraska coach Bill Callahan probably isn't coming to Tampa Bay.
Re-signing offensive line coach/offensive coordinator Bill Muir made it more difficult to find a spot for Callahan, who could have coached running backs, quarterbacks or be named an assistant head coach.
Whatever the reason, it seems more likely Callahan will wind up with another team if he coaches at all in the NFL in '08. He interviewed with the Jets two weeks ago.
Quarterbacks coach Paul Hackett, assistant offensive line coach Aaron Kromer and assistant defensive backs coach Jimmy Lake all remain unsigned.
In fact, it appears that Hackett probably won't be returning.
Lake was scheduled to visit the Detroit Lions Thursday and interview for their defensive backs coaching position.
"I like where we are right now but I still have a couple spots to fill,'' said Lions coach Rod Marinelli. "I'm still looking right now (for a) secondary coach.''
Don't expect Kiffin to wind up in Detroit, where former Bucs linebackers coach Joe Barry is defensive coordinator.
"I'd have to bring up a wheelchair for him,'' Marinelli joked. '"I love Monte to death. I've got the right coordinator. I've got the right guys in place here I feel really good about. We're going to make another nice, nice step.''
If you're a Bucs fan, you can't like the way it's going for Kiffin. He'll be 68, but 10 times in his 12 years as coordinator his defense has finished in the top 10.