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February 10, 2012 @ 2:50 pm
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Bucs Target Sullivan For Offensive Coordinator Job

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After striking out on several potential coordinators Tampa Bay has their sights set on the New York Giants Mike Sullivan according to ESPN. Sullivan served six seasons as receivers coach in New York before taking over as quarterbacks coach in 2010.
The search for both an offensive and defensive coordinator by new Bucs’ coach Greg Schiano is continuing and the latest name is to emerge just helped the New York Giants earn another Super Bowl ring.

According to ESPN’s Rachel Nichols the Buccaneers will be interviewing New York Giants quarterbacks coach Mike Sullivan. Sullivan was the Giants receivers coach for six seasons before moving to his current role as quarterbacks coach on Tom Coughlin’s staff where he has helped tutor Eli Manning the last two seasons.

Eli Manning had one of the best seasons of his career in his first year under Sullivan. He led the Giants to 10 victories while completing 339 of 539 passes (62.9 percent) for 4,002 yards, 31 touchdowns and 25 interceptions. The 339 completions and 62.9 completion percentage were both franchise single-season records. Manning’s 539 passes were the second-highest total of his career and was the fourth-highest total in Giants history. Manning’s 4,002 yards were the fifth-highest total in the NFL in 2010.

This past season Manning’s numbers were even better as the Giants signal-caller was 359-for-589 for 4,933 yards with 29 touchdowns and 16 interceptions and a QB rating of 92.9, the second best of his career.

Prior to coming to New York, Sullivan was the Jacksonville Jaguars’ offensive assistant in 2003 after spending the previous season as Jacksonville’s defensive quality control coach under Tom Coughlin. He was the only member of Coughlin’s coaching staff retained by the Jaguars in 2003.

Sullivan began his coaching career at Humboldt State in 1993. He also coached at Army (1995-96 and 1999-2000), Youngstown State (1997-98) and Ohio University (2001). In 1997, Youngstown State won the Division 1-AA national championship under Jim Tressel, who later won a title at Ohio State.

Sullivan was a defensive back at Army, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1989. He also has a master’s degree from Humboldt State. Sullivan is a graduate of the U.S. Army Airborne, Ranger and Air Assault schools.

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    I really like the bio on Sullivan. The fact that he went back to school after his West Point BS and got a master's degree, tells you he values education. His military background tells you he really understands professionalism and discipline. In my newspaper today it quotes Schiano praising Sullivan's high Character too. Sullivan fits in like a glove with Schiano's emphasis on high Character and the ability to teach and communicate as a coach. He also has a proven example of what he can do--helping the Giants win a Super Bowl!!! With the personnel the Bucs presently have you know the type of team they are molding is along the lines of the New York Giants. You combine bruising running between the tackles with play action throws deep down field. His background being on the Jaguar's staff is good too. They have had that type of offense for many years too. Now that he is in place the Bucs should have an easier time of lining up the other quality position coaches they need on offense. (And Sullivan being a former wide receiver's coach too is an exciting extra plus, too!) He will be great in bringing the Bucs offense to the top.
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    Awesome hire!!! Go Bucs!
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    Looks like we got him!!!!!!!
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    ...thanks for the info, Mr. Cook. Hopefully we can make him an offer too good to resist and can finally start forming a formidable staff that causes concern from the entire NFL. I am definitely going to say my prayers at bedtime tonight...go 'Bucs !!!!
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    I'am hella happy we got him ...GO BUCCS 2012 FIRE THEM CANNONS!!!!
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    Updated: February 10, 2012, 8:15 PM ET Sources: Mike Sullivan is new Bucs' OC Email Print Comments8 ESPN.com news services The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hired former Giants quarterbacks coach Mike Sullivan as its offensive coordinator, league sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
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    Sounds like this would be a very good hire. Freeman needs someone like him. I hope like hell we can sign him
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    I like him already!
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    Buctebow: Just because we, "casual fans" as BF47 would say, don't recognize a name doesn't mean he isn't a viable candidate. Heck, we have a president who most "casual citizens" didn't know about 5 years ago.
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    Now THAT'S what I'm talking about! I've been saying for months that we need to get Freeman in the Giants, Steelers or Lions systems. Get this guy in and we've got serious potential.
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    Kudos to the Bucs for pursuing this candidate. Let's hope Coach Sullivan gets a great offer and accepts!
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    Sweet will be able to help Freeman and the wideouts...lets get em! Thanks to the Giants for permission!
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    Discipline, several years of NFL experience, success with receivers and as a QB coach with Eli (other than all those interceptions in 2010). This could be an intriguing hire if it happens.
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    Another "Who Dat?"
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    Yes!!! I've had my fingers crossed for the bucs to interview this guy. Sell him and sign him now!
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    Sign him up now glazers he's a better oc candidate then all those other scrubs that were interviwed
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    This would be good move for us. You can never go wrong with a West Point Airborne Ranger. Some of the Soundoff's have been reacting to fast about the time it is taking to select coaches. Again, we are at an advantage right now for the next wave of up and coming coaches who are looking for promotions and a chance to succeed. Go Bucs! It's the Buccaneer Way!
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    no we need someone that help put some points on the board LOL
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    Being a West Point grad and a coach under Tom Coughlin should mean he's a very disiplined person. Just what this team NEEDS!
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