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Report: Bucs interviewing Packers offensive coordinator Philbin today, wrap up with QBs coach Clements



Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers had one of the most prolific seasons passing the football in league history, throwing 45 touchdowns and only six interceptions while compiling 4,643 yards through the air.

On Thursday, the Bucs spent considerable time trying to unveil as many of the Packers secrets as possible.     

The Bucs are interviewing Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin today, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Clements concluded his interview with the Glazer family which owns the Bucs and general manager Mark Dominik in Dallas today and is headed back to Green Bay, according to a report by NFL Network's Jason LaCanfora.

A top priority for the Bucs is finding someone to get quarterback Josh Freeman back on track after he passed for 16 touchdowns and 22 interceptions last season, one year after throwing 25 TDs and only six INTs.

Philbin is also one of three finalists for the Miami Dolphins head coaching job and had a second interview with owner Stephen Ross in New York Wednesday.

Philbin's 21-year-old son, Michael, drowned in Oshkosh, Wis., last week. But Philbin coached in Sunday's NFC Divisional playoff game against the Giants.

Clements, a former Notre Dame quarterback and offensive coordinator of the Buffalo Bills, helped with the development of Rodgers and Packers backup Matt Flynn.

If you're keeping score at home, the Bucs list of known candidates has surged to nine and more could be added following this weekend's conference championship games. The Bucs are believed to be interested in meeting with Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell.

It's almost a certainty the Bucs will head to the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., Monday without a head coach or coaching staff. But most believe they will whittle down thier list of candidates this weekend. 

ESPN insider Chris Mortensen said the Bucs will likely select one former NFL head coach and one coordinator as finalists and bring them back for second interviews next week.

Since firing coach Raheem Morris Jan. 2, the Bucs spent the first week meeting with experienced NFL head coaches such as former Packers and Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman, former Vikings coach Brad Childress and former Browns, Chiefs, Redskins and Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer. The Bucs also interviewed Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray. Houston Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips cancelled an interview with the team last Friday.

This week, the Bucs interviewed Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski  as well as Philbin and Clements. Zimmer and Gray are also candidates for the Colts head coaching job.



[Last modified: Thursday, January 19, 2012 7:23pm]


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