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January 8, 2012 @ 4:02 pm
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Bucs To Interview Phillips, Childress; Show Interest In Others

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Eric Dellaratta

Eric
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According to reports, the Buccaneers are set to interview Houston Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips on Friday. Phillips and the Texans won their playoff game Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals by a score of 31-10.

Phillips transformed the Texans defense in 2011. They went from the 30th ranked defense in 2010 to the 2nd ranked defense this year under Phillips' supervision. The Texans ran a 4-3 defense up until they hired Phillips in the offseason. The team ranked 6th in sacks while playing most of the season without converted outside linebacker Mario Williams. Phillips also helped develop rookies J.J. Watt and Brooks Reed into two of the better defensive rookies in the league.

The Texans coordinator has earned a 82-61 record as a head coach.

Phillips isn't the only coach that is being discussed for the Buccaneers head coach vacancy. According to reports, former Vikings coach Brad Childress will be interviewed for the team's coaching vacancy on Monday.

Childress was the Vikings' head coach from 2006 to 2010 and has a career record of 39-35. He led the Vikings to the NFC Championship in 2009 with Brett Favre as the starting quarterback. The Former Vikings coach was fired in the middle of the 2010 season after the team struggled their way to a 3-7 record.

In addition to Phillips and Childress, the Bucs are also said to be considering Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer and former Chargers head coach Marty Schottenheimer.

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    Marty! Marty! Marty!
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    Hire Marty and bring back some pride to Bucs.
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    no Childress, no Sherman, Marty S or Phillips would be good because of the development they get out of their player, and their record are both good. I worry about Marty S. because then we are committing Brian S , his son as OC. The Jets have not been that great offensively. I think the bucs should be more interested in John Philban from Green Bay. He has done a great job will Rodgers and even Flynn, the backup, looks good too. If Freeman is our future star, then Philban would be the right choice.
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    No Childress, please.
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    I Just want a Head Coach thats gonna bring back the excitement of winning and competing in the post season . Ready for those cannons to get worn down from all the TD's . Sure do miss A train on a 3rd n goal.
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    Waouuuu ... I'm speechless ... As Scubog said "No one really knows how the new hire will pan out. There are no sure things." Yes but all the names throwing in there are just pathetic. Glazers and Dominick want to do the exact contrary of Morris, so they go OLD. "Young" Morris was not the problem, it was a maturity issue ... A young coordinator could very well step in and do a good job. Going OLD at any cost seems to be a "reach" like in draft when you need a DE, and there is no DE taht worth the pick. Going OLD because of Morris is wrong. Do your job, interview a lot of people, but not just OLD guys. have you heard about any other team in hot pursuit of Mike Sherman, Marty, Childress or even Phillips for its head coach ? The answer is NO. Does it ring any bell to you. All these guy will come cheap (to say the least) because they are desperate to (head)coach again. I don't want to go that way, but it sure seems like this to me. And please, stop the Mularkey conversation (0 point in the wildcard game against NY ????) and the Zimmer conversation too (did you see his defense exploding all year against running back breaking 30, 40 or more runs without even been touched by a defender. We alreday has that kind of defense for the last 3 years ...) Very depressing to say the least. But As Scubog said "No one really knows how the new hire will pan out. There are no sure things."
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    I've endured all of the previous coaching changes and each time hoped for the best. When Hugh Culverhouse hired Leeman "Lemon" Bennett after he had been out of football selling RV's I thought we would have our own southern boy like the Bandits Steve Spurrier. Then we get Hugh's "Vince Lombardi" in Ray Perkins and I thought he could instill some discipline. When Ron Heller should have kicked Perkins' butt we decided to Throw Ray in the Bay and hire player favorite Richard Williamson. I thought if the players were behind him why not me too. Sam Wyche was at least entertaining and at the time we loved his resume'. He did go 5 dash 2 but the Glazer family wanted their own guy. Sorry Sammy. The Glazers jumped right in trying to make a splash but had to settle for the quiet unassuming Tony Dungy. At the time most of us were skeptical if not out right disappointed. But hey, Tony did alright with Sam's team. Not good enough so the Glazers sent Richie on a mission to find a new coach and he came back with the same thing. The Glazers told Richie to step aside and returned after bagging Jon Gruden. OMG! Well, that didn't last so the Glazers signed one of their own and promoted Raheem Morris. Few of us bought into that but we were willing to wait and see. "Fools gold" as BF47 warned us in 2010. So here we all are again hoping to hire a new coach who can instill some much needed discipline. There are two types, old guys who have had both success and failure and young guys who have never gripped the helm. No one really knows how the new hire will pan out. There are no sure things. The Glazers probably want to make another splash but when I look around I don't see anyone other than the return of Father Dungy who would create another OMG moment like 2002.
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    I'm not even going to debate about which coach they should chose. I'll just wait to see who they hire first.
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    I like the idea of Marty S. as head coach. He knows how to win. I feel he can " right the ship". Wade has done well in Houston.
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    I'm not going to get all het up about who should become our next coach. How can I be an honest broker when I’ve never read a mission statement or heard anyone at One Buc layout the rationale for a defense or offense-minded HC. A great architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, said that form follows function. I have no idea what they're looking for and maybe that’s by design. So I have to draw an inference from the types of people scheduled for interview and to be candid, I'm not impressed. It seems like they are looking for experience - somebody that has been there, but not done that! Schottenheimer is currently coaching in the UFL, has been fired 4 times, and will require a Depends clause in his contract. Wade Phillips has been fired 3 times but seems to be a pretty good DC if you're going to run a 3-4 defense. Mike Sherman has been fired 2 times and most recently was turned down by Arkansas State for HC. Word on the street is if Arkansas State doesn't want you then..... I refuse to even mention Farve-resurrecting, Randy Moss- loving Brad Childress. I hope I'm wrong about this, but only a management team that gave us a DB coach as HC, could come up with this Tales from the Crypt interview list.
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    Get Marty S. here...
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    Phillips or Childress as HC? Their kidding right? sigh....
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    I just wish that Mark D would take his Big 12 sunshades off and see that there is other talent in players and coaches to be had than just there. I am not in favor of Sherman as HC... Childress as OC possibly. I can't believe I'm saying this, but I wouldn't mind Marty S as HC, as long as, there were some very good Coordinators behind him. I wouldn't expect his tenure to be very long, but it would give the coordinators time to implement their systems and have one of them assume the HC position seamlessly. I wouldn't mind if we took a chance on a Mike Zimmer... I would be opposed to Billick... (see Elvis Grbac and Kyle Boller) no QB development
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    Of all the coaches that are et to be interview. I like the last coach that may be hired in Marty Schottenheimer. I believe he would be a great Head coach and also hired a young Def and young Off coach. I don't think Wade Phillips would be a good coach here at Tampa. He was laidback while in dallas. That is my opion. But Marty or former coach from Balt Brian B would be great go bucs.
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    Sherman and childress are comical. I don't believe you fired Rah to bring in these two clowns. Who barely did anything with the talent they had. Two fired coaches no one else has even wanted in the last 4 years since they got canned. Yea good job Mark D keep that search going. Marty is somewhat respectable because he just gets fired for not being able to win the big one. Not for his team turning on him(childress) or not being able to get anywhere with a hall of fame QB and a team in (sherman). Maybe I could stomach childress being the oc because he has a track record of being pretty good at that. But sherman I don't even want his a$$ being the waterboy on this team.
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    I hope this is a joke, if this is the best they can come up with why bother.How about trying some new blood, all these guys had their chance with better QB's and failed to be very impressive. How about a young impressive OC or DC.
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    Horse, I usually agree with yu, but I am not sure Wade Phillips or Childress would be a good fit for us. I like the sounds of Marty. He has been a winner everywhere he has gone. He might not win in the playoffs, but he is always finds his way to theist season, Perhaps we hire Marry, and he finally wins in the post season.
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    I agree bigbub2 I would love to have Wade in here..the Cowboys fired him but the Cowboys are still doing the samething they di when he was there.A 3-4 defense is what we need..this defense havent been any better since Brooks left.Its easier to find 3-4 linebacker compared to 4-3 linerbackers.You ever notice how 3-4 teams are deep in linebacker and DE's.Childress as OC..IT CAN WORK!!!!
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    bigbub2, I hear you; I think we both might be acknowledging at least that we need a seasoned coach. Phillips, Childress, Sherman are all much better than what we had before. Right now I am not feeling comfortable in taking an up and coming OC or DC as our new HC unless we do a lot of homework as to would they have been as sharp or bright if the other side of that offense/defense was just so so. Marty definitely is a one- two year guy and I am okay with that too. Billick I am not sure about at all. I think he can draft, but not sure about his coaching. i am starting to doubt how good our players we really are pertaining to the 2012 Season and on. I am not including Barber and Winslow because after 2012 they are done even if they made the 2012 roster. I think there are probably 4-5 guys on Defense and 4-5 guys on Offense that are definitely in our future for a few years and then maybe 2-3 on Defense and 1-2 on Offense that are maybe's and that's it. What I am saying is that if we made a move to the 3/4 this is the time to do it. Just something to think about.
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    marty and zimmer are the best choices so far.childress and sherman are jokes, wade would be better than the jokers. i say marty or billick if sherman or childress should have kept rah. hopefuulu mularkey is out of the equation now since most people who didn't no he was a joker knows now ryan, white, jones, turner, and gonzalez = zreo points scored
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    While I'll certainly agree that Wade Phillips has redeeming qualities, he LOST one of the most athletically talented teams in the history of the NFL very, very recently and had the classic "deer in headlights" look on the sidelines. Add to that the switch to a 3-4..... McCoy and Price as D-ends? Al won't play nose. Okam? Clayborn and Bowers as OLB's? ----- I'm not certain Childress HAS redeeming qualities. ---- Personally, I've been making an effort to distance myself emotionally from this absolute mess.
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    Brad Childress is a joke. I cant believe we conducted an interview for him. Wade Phillips is not a horrible canidate but he would switch our defense to a 3-4 meaning we need all new personnel, which in our case... might not be so bad. All we can do is sit back and hope we choose someone that truely wants to turn this thing around. Or else I will be holding a large protest outside of OneBucPlace... further details will be posted after the HC announcment. STAY TUNED BUCS FANS
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    After today I think they really need to give Perry F the DC for NYG a call.
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    Wade Phillips, Brad Childress= CLOWNS
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    I don't see how you could go wrong with Wade Phillips. He's a good Coach and has learned lessons since being with the Cowboys. I also like Childress and Sherman. All these Coaches would straighten out our problems that Morris created. No matter what we are in for another long season next year because of our schedule.
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