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February 6, 2012 @ 3:40 pm
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Report: Quinn Tells Tampa Bay "No Thanks"

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Gators defensive coordinator Dan Quinn turned down an offer to join Greg Schiano's staff in Tampa Bay as the Bucs defensive coordinator according to the Gainesville Sun and PFT.com.
While most felt Butch Davis would be the defensive coordinator target of new Bucs coach Greg Schiano, the silence and non-movement speaks volumes.

Now a report from ProFootballTalk.com says University of Florida defensive coordinator Dan Quinn turned an offer down to be Tampa Bay’s defensive coordinator. Quinn has NFL experience with stints in New York, Miami and Seattle. The Buccaneers are thought to be interested in a bringing former or current NFL coaches as part of Schiano's staff.

PFT.com sourced the Gainesville Sun’s Pat Dooley in their report speculating that Quinn’s return of 10-of-11 starters may have played a role in the decision to stay in Gainesville. Dooley also report that Quinn interviewed before deciding to stay with Will Muschamp at the University of Florida.

No matter the reason, the Buccaneers may be having a difficult time attracting coaches to the new staff. Look for more Rutgers assistant to join Schiano as wide receivers coach P.J. Fleck did last Friday if more NFL experienced coaches can’t be coaxed into coming to Tampa Bay.

While there has been no officials reports there has been some speculation that Tampa Bay may be interested in some assistant coaches from the two Super Bowl participant teams, the Giants and/or Patriots.

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    I think I saw the Glazers down on Independence at the Pop Warner field talking to a coach!
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    We suck. Poor (literally) owners. Bad scouting dept. Inexperienced, at the least, front office. HC who never got anywhere in a second rate conf. Second or possibly third rate assistant coaches (HC is one person, need the presence and skills of Monte Kiffin, Rod Maranelli, etc). Weak roster due to consistently suspect drafting and no FA activity. If this is a(nother) three year circle jerk, the Glazers era is starting to look dangerously like the Culverhouse years.
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    I dont know about you all, but if Im a coach and i have the opportunity to turn a franchise around, im going to take it. all these coaches that are turning us down are either comfortbale where they are or plain and simple dont want a challenge and risk their reputation and careers.. I admire schiano for leaving rutgers, a program he resurected from the abyss, and trying to do the same in tampa. if a coach doesnt want to be here, i dont want him here. Ive always felt that tampa is a special place and needs special people to be here because were not a big market team and we dont spend spend spend in fa. you can win in tampa, we should have been 10 times better than what our record was but our problem was we had 0 discipline and 0 accountability and if thats the case your going to suck no matter what talent you have on the team....also, this team has talent, every team has talent in the nfl, its a matter of if the coaches can coach or not. i dont even worry about the coaches that dont want to coach here bc they wouldnt be doing their best job if they were here. we will find coaches that are capable of getting the job done. no one knew we were interested in schiano till we actually signed him and the same will be true with the other coaches. you cant be successful in poker if you tip your hand and the same holds true here...the glazers though have to do their part, if we are silent in fa and dont do anything really, their days of owning the bucs may be numbered and they could see the biggest drop in fan base the franchise has ever seen. as owners, they are on the hot seat to produce and if they dont this year, then i could see them being forced to sell as they will go into huge debt and have no other choice...
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    buclover1988, completely agree with you.
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    That we can't attract coordinators is just plain wrong. And confirms reports that owners and GM wouldn't spend and write decent contracts for assistants - and that is the reason Kelly from Oregon backed out. (attributed to Gruden)
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    Seems like guys are being very vocal about turning down the Bucs offers,all the public rejection is surely not helping in the quest.For every guy who publicly say no thanks,I feel it makes others more reluctant to interview or even concider working with the team.It seems to be well know that this team is in serious trouble and lacks a lot top shelf talent needed to help smooth the transition of coaches from anywhere~especially college.Coaches and players want to play for clubs that look as if the post season is just a season away~you just arent going to find a lot of top shelf talent that wants to be a part of a recliamation project.With the average NFL career(for players) is about 3 seasons,that is too big o a risk to come to Tampa since we are more than 3 seasons away from being a contender...
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    I completely feel and TOTALLY AGREE with the ridiculousness of this odyssey to just fill out the coaching staff. Found out or not after the fact, hard to prove a dinner at a mutual meeting place (for an interview, without being a formal interview) is any violation of any sort. Offering an offensive coordinator, defensive coordinator, OR ANY position to someone at a dinner, in exchange for their "voluntary" proactive resignation of current small job at any NFL team, seems like a much more, controlled, tactful and un-embarrassing way to fill out one's staff, as a first impression of your entrance to the NFL!! Have a list of only 3 candidates, NOT 30....swoop in quietly, at below-radar places, make offer too good to pass up, then they voluntarily resign. They are then hired here. At some point....we all have to wonder about the AMOUNT (or lack thereof) of money, these assistants are being offered to leave their current positions, not so much their impression of the Bucs organization, IMHO.
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    Folks, the SUper Bowl just ended on sunday. Calm down! I rather they get the right coaches to round out this staff instead of rushing and making a bad hire. I still would like Butch Davis to get the DC position, my 2 cents....
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    The head janitor in Oakland just turned us down for the OC position~said he would rather continue cleaning toilets,and that the job in Tampa really stinks..
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    I bet even BROWNS coaches wont come here~and that team BLOWS...
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    Well we just got blocked again by Green Bay to interview their TE coach for OC. Wow.
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    I know I am calm but I am also laughing too...
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    The skull and crossbones and a boat logos are perfect for a team that is DEAD IN THE WATER....
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    Ill take the gig for 500k...... I have no experience but my price is right. Any glazers please feel free to send me a message
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    $500K may be a little steep for the Glazer sons. I will do it for $1! All I ask is unlimited free concessions, unfettered sideline access, and final say on who makes the cheerleading squad...and I promise same or better football performance as last season hahahahaha
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    Well guys there will be some of the coaches that will say no, But a few will take the challenge at Tampa, I say don't worry fans The coach is going about the correct way. I can't believe that their will be a mini combines iin Tampa back door. I say all these so call coaches will be kicking their butt for not coming on board early in Head Coach job here at Tampa-GO BUCS
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    Pat Dooley was the source and he has been the Gators beat writer for years. I believe what Pat said. He said he had a source but I would guess it was Quinn directly. But Quinn in is just his second year and is scheduled to make at least a half million this season in base salary. He has a heck of a defense in Gainesville with 10 starters coming back. I don't blame him. I doubt the Bucs were able to match his salary and he may have a longer deal than TB was offering. I dont think this was a case of the Bucs being too cheap or unattractive but he has bounced around the NFL long enough to know how things work. He probably weighed the options before making a decision. And remember he made a lot of promises to recruits over the last few months and that makes a difference to some guys if we are talking fairly even money. Just my 2 cents. MC
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    Just one more thing on this subject? What is the rush with some of you? Do you honestly believe that there is no talented coaching agents calling Domink right now?
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    I don't understand some of you. I'm a Bucs fan too but we have got to get over the loser Pollyanna attitude. If we're not going to hold the Glazers accountable then we all deserve the losing and embarrassing we get. Don't you see. This college guy said we're not competitive enough for him to take a job in the NFL. And i bet he's not the only one who has done this. Weather any of you personally want the Bucs to hire the guy is irrelevant. College coaches have no respect for the Bucs organization. This very bad news.
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    It's a good thing some of the Soundoffs don't play poker?
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    For me, every college coach who turns down the OC/DC offers I am happy. I know I don't know much about coaching, but I do know that if your leader lacks experience especially like in the NFL then it might be wise to go lightly on the college promotions in the beginning. To me the OC & DC should be older experienced coaches. Just my opinion.
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    Was this report from the same inside sources that kept telling us that Mike Sherman was our new head coach? The fact is that we know nothing and neither do many of these reporters until the team releases an official statement on the new coaches. Nobody knew that Schiano was coming. Didn't we learn anything?
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    See this as just another agent leak. The fact that Quinn interviewed for the position means little, much like Childress and Philips interviewing for the HC position. Even if there was no offer even made, agent gets Quinn’s name out there for future consideration of other openings in the NFL & college knowing that the team won’t get into a he said/she said of whether there was an offer made or not. It’s very likely team is doing similar fact-finding interviews for OC & DC as they did to land a HC.
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    I'm not going to read too much into this. Just like the head coach hire, we're all in the dark with the coordinator and assistant coach search. The media reports on what they know and there's certainly a lot more going on than what they know.
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    This is just hysterical. Two days ago if someone had suggested the Bucs should contemplate hiring Dan Quinn for DC, most of you would have gone into a tizzy and believed he was being considered due to his low salary demands. Personally, I don't care who gets interviewed and sure won't give a thumbs up or down on who is hired until I see a whole lot more than a name. Only the Bucs and Coach Quinn know if a job was actually offered and subsequently refused. Amazing how private conversations become so public. Motive?
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    The Steelers got Todd Haley, Bellichek just gave Josh McDaniel the OC job and so far we got PJ Fleck of the Flectones. Brilliant!
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    By my count, with the hiring of Todd Haley by the Steelers, there are NO other teams looking for Offensive or Defensive Coordinators!
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    whats happening here? i find myself watching old highlight tapes of sapp,brooks,lynch,and alstott. and i get sad about how bad this franchise has gotten i bleed pewter and red but i think tom petty said it best. The sea may burn and the rocks might melt, and the good ol' days may not return. the franchise is ok with a .500 or below record ladies and gentelmen, and thats the truth. damn my loyalty
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    Why would we want Gators DC. They sucked big time. Glad we missed on this guy! We can do better then this??
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    Calm down, he was interviewed and removed himself..he wasn't offered the position. Many people have interviews in the "real" world and take themselves out for one reason or another.
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    Well, Todd Haley just got away, and the Bucs are getting turned down by college coaches. I don't see any encouraging signs that the franchise is turning around, nor that the Glazer Boys are willing to spend any money. Sorry to say, but all other teams are making progress and the Bucs remain stagnant. Getting ready to dump my loyalty to this pathetic franchise. Not really encouraged bu an all college coaching staff. Can you say 0 and 16?
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    I disagree. Listen, the head coach search was done without any leaks until the hire was made. Isn't it possible this is also happening with the search for assistant coaches? Didn't the head coach hire turn out fine? I urge you all to take a step back and relax a little.
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    I agree with everyone else. This is getting worse by the minute. With the hiring of Schiano, this has sent a messege to the rest of the football community that the Glazers aren't serious about winning and no one wants to involve themselves in this train wreak to come!
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    2 college coachs turning down an offer to come on our staff in 2 days ... It's getting harder and harder to see it. Hard days and a long, long season to come ... Go Bucs, get some coach, anywhere !
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    Can things get any more embarassing?
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    I thought the reason for not filling out the staff was to raid the Patriots and Giants staff, you know maybe snag Perry from the giants as DC and bring along a couple assistants. This is turning into to a Rah Rah session, its ok to grab a college coach, but to complete a staff without anyone having any NFL expierence is going to be long painful process for the team and the fans. Don't like the direction that the coaching spots are being filled, Schiano your going to need staff with strong NFL expierence to help you through this learning curve...
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    Are we at rock bottom yet? Someone wake me up when we hit it.
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    Another coach to turn the Buc's down.The Glazers must feel pretty good about their organization right about now. You can fool some of the people some of the time but you can't fool all the people all the time.
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    It seems to be coming apparent that it's not so much a case of who are the Bucs interested in, but who is interested in the bucs!!
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