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Tampa Bay Buccaneers talk to Scott Linehan before he's hired by Detroit Lions

Scott Linehan

Scott Linehan

Bucs talk to Linehan before Lions hire him

Former Rams coach Scott Linehan will not be the Bucs' next offensive coordinator. Linehan on Friday was hired by the Lions for the same position, reuniting him with quarterback Daunte Culpepper.

Bucs general manager Mark Dominik and coach Raheem Morris met with Linehan on Wednesday, but they decided he wasn't the right fit.

Linehan, fired by St. Louis during this season, was an offensive coordinator with the Vikings (2002-04) and Dolphins (2005). With Culpepper in Minnesota, his offense ranked second, first and fourth in the league. Miami was 14th under Linehan, who earlier this week turned down the 49ers' offer to become offensive coordinator.

The Bucs also are interested in Chiefs offensive coordinator Chan Gailey and former Browns offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski. But the Chiefs haven't granted permission for the Bucs to interview Gailey.

"As we started with defense, we started with offense the same day and formulated our list," said Dominik, who on Thursday hired Jim Bates as defensive coordinator. "We're continuing to talk with people on that list."

A possibility is promoting quarterbacks coach Greg Olson.

Rick Stroud, Times staff writer

Tampa Bay Buccaneers talk to Scott Linehan before he's hired by Detroit Lions 01/23/09 [Last modified: Saturday, January 24, 2009 6:11am]
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