Buccaneers offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan will interview for the open head coaching position at Army on Friday PewterReport.com has learned.
PewterReport.com can also confirm the interview will take place locally and not at the West Point Academy. The Buccaneers are practicing at One Buccaneer Place on Friday as they continue preparation for Sunday’s road trip to face the St. Louis Rams.
Army fired head coach Rich Ellerson who went 20-41 in his five seasons as head coach, including 0-5 against Navy. Ellerson led Army to its first bowl win since 1985 by beating SMU in the Armed Forces Bowl in 2010, but since then, Army has went 8-28.
Sullivan is a United State Military Academy at West Point grad, and coached four seasons as an assistant at Army.
Sullivan played defensive back at Army while completing his bachelor of science degree. He later earned his master’s from Humboldt State, and is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Airborne, Ranger and Air Assault schools.
The 2013 Buccaneers offense is currently ranked dead last in total offense averaging just 283.7, and in passing offense, producing an average of just 178.1 yards per game.
Last season was a different story however.
Sullivan made a major impact on the Buccaneer offense in his first year, as the team set franchise highs in points scored (389), total yards (5,820) and total touchdowns (44). The Bucs finished the season with the ninth-ranked offense in the league, the highest finish in franchise history.
From Weeks 6-9, the Bucs recorded four consecutive games with at least 400 yards of offense, including two games with more than 500 yards. That four-week performance marked the most yards in a four-game stretch in team history. The 513 yards put up in Week 7 against New Orleans were the most in a home game in team history and the third-most in team history.
Two weeks later, at Oakland, the team recorded 515 yards of offense, the second-highest single-game mark in franchise history. The team also managed to score at least 28 points in five straight games, the first time the Buccaneers had ever done so.
The Bucs finished with a 3,000- yard passer (QB Josh Freeman-4,065), a 1,000-yard rusher (RB Doug Martin-1,454) and a 1,000-yard receiver (WR Vincent Jackson-1,384) for the first time in franchise history.
Supporters of Sullivan point to a rash of injuries –which has some validity – as starters Carl Nicks, wide receiver Mike Williams and running back Doug Martin have been lost for the season to injured reserve. Other contributors like Tom Crabtree, Mike James and Jeff Demps have also been lost for the season. Add in the fact the Buccaneers are starting a third-round rookie quarterback and it is no surprise that the Buccaneers offense has struggled.
Critics point to unimaginative playcalling, a lack of development and of course the terrible offensive numbers.
Sullivan was a candidate for the Bears head coaching job last offseason before Chicago settled on Marc Trestman.
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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