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January 11, 2012 @ 11:14 am
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Childress and Schottenheimer Like Tampa Bay's Potential

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Mark Cook

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Brad Childress and Marty Schottenheimer both interviewed for the Buccaneers head coaching vacancy this week and came away impressed with what they found.

Marty Schottenheimer left One Buccaneer Place Tuesday afternoon happy with his interview to be the ninth head coach of the Buccaneers, and likes what he sees from the roster.

The 68-year old former Browns, Chiefs, Redskins and Chargers coach commented to the Tampa Bay Times Tuesday.

"I think they've got some great young players on that team," Schottenheimer told the Times. "They've also got some really solid veterans. And when you see them develop, that's always very exciting for every coach.

"In my particular case, I like to work with kids. I refer to them as kids, even though I know they're grown men. But I like to give them the benefit of my insight as to what I've seen and experienced in this business. I am a teacher."

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 and general manager A.J. Smith, even after a posting an impressive 14-2 record. 

In Schottenheimer’s 22 seasons as a NFL head coach (200-126), 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.

Former Vikings coach Brad Childress interviewed Monday and while he didn’t want to get into the details of the meeting, Childress, like Schottenheimer, sees the possibilites.

"I prefer to keep that a private matter between me and the team and general manager Mark Dominik - aside from the fact that we talked,'' Childress told the Tampa Tribune.

"I like Josh Freeman. You know, we (Vikings) ended up taking (Florida wide receiver) Percy Harvin (22nd overall) in the draft, but if Josh had come to us, it would have been hard to pass up a quarterback like that.''

Last week, former Packers and Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman and Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray were interviewed.

Sherman was the Packers head coach from 2000-2005 (57-39 record) and lead his team to three divisional titles in Green Bay during that stretch. He was fired after a 4-12 record in his last season as Packers head coach and was hired as an assistant coach with the Houston Texans before taking over the Aggies program in 2008. Sherman was 25-25 in his tenure as head coach at Texas A&M.



Gray played nine seasons in the NFL, including one season for the Buccaneers in 1993, and is currently the defensive coordinator of the Tennessee Titans. In his first season as defensive coordinator with the Titans, Gray’s unit finished 18th in the league in total defense. Gray previously coached with the Seahawks, Redskins and Bills, and also had an earlier stint with the Titans.


Former Dallas head coach and current Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips is reportedly set to interview for the Bucs’ vacancy Friday.

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    I HAVE TO SAY IT HAS BEEN VERY INTERESTED THIS TIME AROUND, I THINK THAT WHEN GRUDEN HIRED MORIS TO BE THE HEAD COACH AFTER THE SEASON. MANAGEMENT SHOULD HAVE STEP IN AND DID A COACH SEARCH, AND BRING IN A VETERAN COACH AT THE NEW SEASON 3 YEARS AGO. I BELIEVE THAT ALL THE COACHES WILL DO FINE. BUT THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THAT THESE BUCS HAVE A YOUNG DEFENSINE LINE GROUP OF PLAYERS WHO CAN GROW TOGETHER, NOW LETS GET THE CB,SS,FS, ILB AND OLB ON DEFENSE ON OFFENSE A VET QB THAT WILL PUSH FREEMAN TO EXCELL, A RB, AND COUPLE OF OTHER OL AND ANOTHER TE.AND WR GO BUCS
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    MARTY MARTY MARTY MARTY MARTY MARTY he just wins and teaches the kids the playoffs are a crap shoot. parcells only won two, cohwer one. if marty had one he would be ranked higher than them only two losing seasons in 20 years
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    Would have loved to get Marty a few years back, but with him being out of coaching for the past 6 years and being 68 I'd rather have Billick now. What would Marty do, bring his son over from the Jets to be OC and heir apparent? NOOO!
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    Correction Marty has been coaching the Virginia Destroyers and they won the championship.FYI.
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    I can understand the reason for casting a wide net in this coaching search, but Childress is a name that doesn't even sound remotely appealing. He was run out of the Vikings job after failing to develop Tavaris Jackson and had a disaster of a season with the second (or was it the third) annual unretirement of Favre. The players didn't have his back and he wasn't known to be a media friendly guy. Doesn't sound like the HC, or even OC I would go after.
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    Marty is the man/To get a coach with 200 NFL wins would be such a positive for the whole organization. He would bring discipline and fundamentals to a young team who I believe has some talent.
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    just get marty already so he can fill his staff out and get to work. he sounds enthused to work with our current roster and he wins more then he loses....sounds good enough to me and MUCH better then the rest of these fools were bringing in. just skip the wade phillips interview friday...please. i wouldnt mind having the problem of not making it over the hump in the playoffs as opposed to not making it past the hump in the preseason.
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