The Tampa Bay Buccaneers continued to use Senior Bowl as a job fair on Wednesday by conducting more interviews.
The Bucs, who have done a secretive job of conducting interviews behind closed doors, are looking to fill the offensive and defensive quality control positions and the defensive line and defensive backs coaching spots on their coaching staff.
While Bucs general manager Bruce Allen, head coach Jon Gruden and defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin have missed all or portions of several Senior Bowl practices this week while conducting interviews with coaching candidates, the team’s scouts and front office personnel, including Ruston Webster, Dennis Hickey and Mark Dominik, have been their eyes on the practice field this week.
Allen, who did attend all of the South team’s practice on Wednesday morning, said he would get himself caught up to speed with the college prospects once the Bucs fill out their coaching staff.
“It’s a good group of seniors here,” said Allen. “Like in every draft, there are great opportunities to get great players that might not be household names.
“It’s some catch-up. It’s great to see the body types the first day. It’s a little different for us this year, but it is what it is.”
The time Allen and Co. haven’t put into attending practices has been dedicated to more pressing issues. According to Allen, the Bucs have interviewed over 20 coaching candidates since Monday.
“You’re looking for the right ones,” Allen said of the coaching candidates. “Monte was up ’til 11:30 last night interviewing coaches. We’ve met with some great coaches, and we’ve got more that are interested. We’ve got guys telling us to not hire anyone and let them get out of their certain situations first so that they can interview for some of our job openings. It’s truly impressive.”
Tampa Bay would have conducted more interviews this week had it not been for some teams denying the Bucs permission to interview their respective coaches.
“Several teams have denied us permission to interview their coaches,” said Allen. “Over the last month almost half of the league has been turned over. That’s unbelievable for the profession. Fortunately we haven’t been part of that, but there are so many people that have been impacted by that in one way or another.”
Tampa Bay will continue conducting interviews back in Tampa on Thursday and Friday and into next week. In the meantime, the Bucs feel good about the amount of interest shown in their available coaching jobs.
“The amount of people that want to join this program is very impressive,” said Allen. “It’s really special. There are an impressive amount of men that want to play for this team, and stay on this team. Generally speaking, the agents who represent our players want their other players to come to our program. It feels really good to be a Buccaneer right now. You wake up and come into work and there are three resumes under your door. We’re wanted right now.”
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