The interview carousel at One Buccaneer Place is starting to spin faster, with ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reporting today that former Chargers head coach Marty Schottenheimer will interview with the Buccaneers on Tuesday. This follows a report that former Vikings head coach Brad Childress will or has been interviewed today by Tampa Bay. In addition, former Cowboys and current Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips is set to meet with Tampa Bay on Friday about their head coaching vacancy.
Schottenheimer’s name is growing steam around the league and with Bucs fans. With a career head-coaching record of 200-126, Schottenheimer seems to at least have the upper hand in success among the candidates already interviewed and those scheduled.
Schottenheimer began his professional coaching career with the Cleveland Browns in 1984. He last coached in San Diego in 2006 and was fired after an apparent dispute with owner Alex Spanos, even after a posting an impressive 14-2 record.
In Schottenheimer’s 22 seasons as a NFL head coach, his teams earned 13 trips to the playoffs (5-13 playoff game record), eight divisional titles, and had just two seasons with a sub .500 record.
The negative knock on Schottenheimer is his team’s inability to win in the playoffs but after the postseason drought the Tampa Bay franchise has suffered recently, that fact may have a minimal effect on the decision.