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Should the Bucs quicken the pace of this coaching search?



Raheem Morris and his staff were fired exactly two weeks ago today, and still it feels like we could be a ways off from learning who the next head coach of the Buccaneers will be.

That's because the Bucs are taking their time in this search, looking in every crevice and under every rock for who they think will be the best man for the job. It's also been speculated that they're doing a little reconnaissance in talking to at least six candidates -- that we know of -- and possibly more to come. Those lessons could prove valuable as the Bucs look to get this team back on track.

But -- there's always a but -- aren't there drawbacks to being this methodical? Of course. But we're not yet at the point where those problems have become major issues. Still, let's take a look a couple of these and try to determine whether they present real problems for the Bucs.

The biggest potential matter here is, because there are other coaching openings in the NFL, the Bucs could see some of their candidates hired by other clubs before Tampa Bay makes its decision. But here's the thing: Most of the Bucs' candidates -- except for Rob Chudzinski and Mike Zimmer -- have not been under consideration for other openings. As a result, there's little chance of one of the Bucs' candidates being stolen by a competitor. The one possible exception is Zimmer, who is a strong candidate to take over for the Dolphins.

A related issue: Assistant coaches are also being hired around the league. But the Bucs are one of three teams yet to hire a head coach, so not many of the dominoes have fallen -- yet. This will become a bigger issue in the days to come, however, especially after four additional teams were eliminated from the playoffs over the weekend. Some of those teams' assistants are potentially under consideration for jobs elsewhere, and they could start to get gobbled up. That's something that definitely bears watching.

At the same time, the Bucs likely have some idea of who their potential coordinators will be, and they'd be well aware if those candidates are closing in on jobs in other cities. So, let's assume that the lack of urgency means the Bucs feel comfortable about landing the assistant coaches they desire.

Joel Glazer promised a very deliberate search, and it turns out he wasn't kidding. The Bucs know they need to get this right. They've fired two coaches in three years, and that's not exactly ideal. So, they're going to take their time, and -- if they eventually get this right -- it's hard to argue with the approach.

[Last modified: Monday, January 16, 2012 11:41am]


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