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Tampa Bay Buccaneers' potential coaching candidates

So, who will replace Raheem Morris as coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers? Here's a list of potential candidates:

Former NFL head coaches (out of football)

Bill Cowher: Five years out of coaching, the Super Bowl XL winner with Steelers reportedly won't return to sideline in 2012.

Brian Billick: Super Bowl XXXV winner with Ravens is looking for a shot.

Jeff Fisher: Former Titans coach a hot commodity.

Mike Sherman: Former Packers, Texas A&M head coach.

Herm Edwards: Has coached Jets, Chiefs; former Bucs assistant.

Marty Schottenheimer: Experienced, but past his prime at age 68?

Steve Mariucci: Former 49ers, Lions head coach.

Coordinators/position coaches

Mike Pettine, DC, N.Y. Jets: An aggressive defensive coach.

Rob Chudzinski, OC, Carolina: Considered an innovative up-and-comer.

Dennis Allen, DC, Denver: Revived downtrodden defense in his first year.

Chuck Pagano, DC, Baltimore: Leads a perennial defensive power.

Jay Gruden, OC, Cincinnati: Big reason behind the success of rookie QB Andy Dalton.

Bill O'Brien, OC, New England: Versatile playcaller who has adapted to changes; Penn State reportedly very interested in him for head coaching job.

Russ Grimm, assistant head coach, Arizona: Has been passed over for several openings.

Joe Philbin, OC, Green Bay: In fifth season as Packers' coordinator.

Winston Moss, assistant head coach, Green Bay: Former Buc has climbed coaching ranks.

Brian Schottenheimer, OC, N.Y. Jets: Jaguars got permission from Jets for an interview.

Recently (or may about to be) fired head coaches

Jack Del Rio, Jacksonville: Couldn't get over the hump with Jags.

Norv Turner, San Diego: Notorious for falling shy of expectations.

Former NFL head coaches (now offensive coordinators)

Mike Martz, Chicago: Not ideal candidate but aggressive coordinator. Has said he hopes to return to Bears but coach Lovie Smith was noncommittal on Monday.

Scott Linehan, Detroit: Has had varying degrees of success.

Mike Mularkey, Atlanta: Former Bills coach, who got start as a Bucs assistant in 1994-95, attracting interest from Jaguars.

Marty Mornhinweg, Philadelphia: Eagles' assistant head coach for eight seasons.

Josh McDaniels, St. Louis: Flamed out quickly as Broncos coach.

Former NFL head coaches (now defensive coordinators)

Dom Capers, Green Bay: A former Panthers and Texans head coach.

Mike Nolan, Miami: Helped lay groundwork for 49ers current defense.

Jim Haslett, Washington: Has had two failed stints as head coach.

Rod Marinelli, Chicago: Longtime Bucs assistant went 0-16 in Detroit in 2008.

Gregg Williams, New Orleans: Former Bills coach won Super Bowl XLIV as Saints coordinator.

College coaches

Jim Tressel, former Ohio State coach: Has been considered for NFL openings in the past.

Chip Kelly, Oregon: Among the hotter college coaches.

Stephen F. Holder, Times staff writer

Tampa Bay Buccaneers' potential coaching candidates 01/02/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 8:23am]
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