While reports came out over the weekend the Buccaneers were preparing a list for second interviews with prospective coaches they had already met with, it appears there are still some first interviews to take place.
Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer is reported to be set to interview today and the Buccaneers have requested and were granted permission to interview Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski.
Zimmer was with the Cowboys, Falcons and has been in charge of the Bengals defense since 2008. Chudzinski, formerly with the Browns and Chargers, just completed his first season as offensive coordinator for the Panthers and took the league's worst offense in 2010 to the NFL’s seventh ranked offense in 2011. Tampa Bay has already met with Mike Sherman, Jerry Gray, Brad Childress and Marty Schottenheimer and was scheduled to meet with Houston defensive coordinator Wade Phillips last Friday, but Phillips took himself out of the running late Thursday night.
Another name that may surface is Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell. The Giants defense has been on fire as of late limiting the Falcons and the Packers to just 22 total points in two playoff games. The earliest the Bucs would be able to speak to Fewell would be after next week’s championship games.