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Intrigued Schottenheimer has 'positive' meeting with Bucs



Longtime NFL coach Marty Schottenheimer, the latest candidate to meet with Tampa Bay in its week-long coaching search, came away impressed after today's interview with general manager Mark Dominik and ownership, while hoping he gets the chance to coach what he described as an intriguing young roster of players.

Schottenheimer didn't elaborate on the meeting but said, "I thought it was very positive. I really enjoyed the dialogue and we all agreed that we would speak again in the near future."

Asked why the opportunity to coach the Bucs interests him, Schottenheimer pointed immediately to its youth and the chance to shape the team's impressionable players.

"I think they’ve got some great young players on that team," he said. "They’ve also got some really solid veterans. And when you see the opportunity to work with youngsters and see them develop, that’s always very exciting for every coach. In my particular case, I like to work with kids. I refer to them as kids, even though I know they’re grown men. But I like to give them the benefit of my insight as to what I’ve seen and experienced in this business. I’m a teacher is what I am in my view.

"And to watch these young men take the information that me and the (coaching) staff provide to them and they, in kind, combine that with the skill set that they have, I live vicariously through their play. It’s like it’s me out there doing it."

Schottenheimer acknowledged the Bucs are working through issues that led to this season's 4-12 mark, but he believed the situation is repairable.

"I think they’re committed to finding a way to win," Schottenheimer said. "When I discussed it with them, they are trying to get some things resolved, but at the same time they’re making some headway in that regard. I like the challenge of building things and with as many young players as there are, you’ll get a chance to do that."

[Last modified: Saturday, January 14, 2012 2:57pm]


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