TAMPA ― The Bucs’ exit from the playoffs has presented an opportunity for the team’s coordinators to interview in person for head-coaching jobs.
Offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich had a second meeting with the Jaguars Tuesday, this time in person.
Likewise, defensive coordinator Todd Bowles will interview with the Raiders Thursday in Las Vegas, the Tampa Bay Times confirmed.
Bowles, 58, already has met virtually with the Jaguars, Vikings and Bears to discuss their head-coaching vacancies.
The Raiders have not fired interim head coach Rich Bisaccia, who remains a candidate for the full-time job.
Considered one of the best defensive coordinators in the NFL, Bowles went 24-40 as head coach of the New York Jets from 2015-18.
The Bucs face the prospect of losing both coordinators while waiting to learn whether Tom Brady will return as quarterback in 2022.
Bowles’ defense in Tampa Bay has been the best overall at stopping the run the past three seasons. Some wondered whether the end of the Bucs’ loss to the Rams Sunday might affect Bowles’ prospects for becoming a head coach. The Raiders certainly didn’t feel swayed by it one way or the other.
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