For the second time in their assistant coaching search the Buccaneers were denied permission to interview a potential candidate. First it was Arizona, now the Packers are the latest team to prohibit an assistant from interviewing with Tampa Bay.
For the second time in a week the Buccaneers have been blocked from interviewing a candidate for their open offensive coordinator position.
NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora reported today that the Green Bay Packers denied the Bucs request to interview their tight ends coach Ben McAdoo. The Packers earlier last month also denied former offensive coordinator and new Dolphins coach Joe Philbin from talking to McAdoo about becoming Miami’s offensive coordinator.
The Buccaneers have now been blocked twice from interviewing offensive coordinator candidates, as the Arizona Cardinals wouldn’t allow receivers coach John McNulty to speak to Greg Schiano. McNulty has since been promoted to the Cardinals quarterback’s coach.
The second denial may force the Buccaneers to bring in more college assistants than they originally wanted. Rutgers offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti is thought to now be in the mix again to fill the same position in Tampa.
As the current offensive coordinator at Rutgers it is only natural that
the Schiano and Tampa Bay would show some interest in Cignetti who took
over the Scarlet Knights’ offense after McNulty joined the Cardinals.
Cignetti also served as offensive coordinator at Fresno State, California and the University of North Carolina and spent three seasons in the NFL as a quarterbacks coach (San Francisco, New Orleans).
Former Raiders coach Hue Jackson is still available and may be an option.
The departure of Jackson as Raiders head coach after just one season in
Oakland left many Raiders' fans confused and bewildered. Jackson was
dealt the unlucky blow of losing starting quarterback Jason Campbell to
injury midway through the 2011 season yet still just missed the
playoffs. Jackson is an outspoken personality and some feel that may
have also contributed to his ouster.
Of all the candidates still
available Jackson has the most experience, serving as offensive
coordinator at USC then shifting his talents to the NFL where he was the
coordinator in Washington, Cincinnati and Oakland before landing the
Raiders top job. Jackson has also coached wide receivers, running back
and quarterbacks during his NFL career giving him an extra perspective
over some of the other candidates.
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