It gets worse: Bucs coordinator search blocked again
The Bucs have run into another roadblock in their effort to hire offensive and defensive coordinators to fill coach Greg Schiano's staff.
The Packers have denied the Bucs' request to interview Green Bay tight ends coach Ben McAdoo, NFL.com reports.
That's the second setback we've learned about in as many days. University of Florida defensive coordinator Dan Quinn on Monday opted to stay at UF after being offered the Bucs' defensive coordinator post. Quinn interviewed in Tampa over the weekend with Schiano and Mark Dominik and was offered the job, the Times confirmed. After some contemplation, he turned down the offer.
McAdoo, meanwhile, won't even get the chance to interview. Teams may deny assistants who remain under contract the chance to interview for jobs below the level of head coach. Oftentimes, organizations will relent if the potential job is a significant promotion, as is the case here. But there is no obligation for teams to do so.
This is the second instance in as many weeks of the Bucs' being rejected in an effort to interview a team's assistant. The Bucs had requested permission to interview Cardinals receivers coach John McNulty last week but were turned down by Arizona.
Given all the setbacks, it's fair to wonder where the Bucs turn next in their effort to fill the coordinator posts. They are behind the curve because of a lengthy coaching search that netted Schiano on Jan. 27. While they are believed to be planning on naming several of Schiano's former Rutgers assistants as position coaches, they appear no closer to a resolution on the two most important hires -- the men who will run the offense and defense.