The Bucs are off and running in the search for their next head coach. According to a report from Ian Rapoport, the Bucs have already set up interviews with Chiefs’ offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, and Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards.

Bieniemy, who has a week off with the Chiefs for clinching the bye, will interview on Wednesday. Under the tutelage of Any Reid in his first year as offensive coordinator, he led the Chiefs to the number one offense in the NFL, averaging 35.3 points a game.

Previously, Bieniemy was a running backs coach for the Minnesota Vikings and head coach for the University of Colorado, before joining the Chiefs staff as a running backs coach. He is also set to interview with the Jets, Dolphins, and Bengals.

Edwards will be interviewing with the Bucs on Friday. As part of Mike Zimmer’s staff as defensive coordinator starting in 2014, he helped build the Vikings to become the top rated defense in the 2017 season, allowing the fewest yards and points on the season.

Before his run as the Vikings defensive coordinator, he’s also held that same position for the Bills and was a linebacker’s coach for the Dolphins among various stops around the league.

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  1. There you go let’s interview a guy who’s home for the playoffs just like the Bucs whose team allowed more points than 14 other teams in the NFL right on par wouldn’t want to interview one of the defensive coordinators for a team that it was at the top of the league that would be stupid that would be delusional irrational Buc Ass BOB

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    • They gave up more points than 8 other teams. Another delusional irrational post by Ass Bob.

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  2. I’m surprised that the Bucs aren’t trying to interview Adam Gase really surprised.

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  3. Eric will be very nice and respectfully decline the job and here we go started interviewing coordinators from teams that are not in playoffs again anybody else remember Lovie Smith defensive coordinator for a team that half of the league had better defenses

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  4. Neither thrill me at all but you don’t hire a head coach without talking to all candidates even if you like others better. Why do you even assume he will be offered the job? I doubt seriously he will. You set up lots of interviews some because of NFL rules and really aren’t on your short list of candidates. Let the process play out before you criticize for once you might learn something lol.

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  5. Buc Ass, Eric has other interviews lined up, and has declined other interviews. He said he will only interview with four teams, and we’re one of them. Again, you’re just talking out your Buc Ass.

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    • I’m sure he does have other interviews there’s more openings from teams than their are good coaches
      I’m sorry but the glaciers have done such a poor job for the last 10 years this team is not going to be a desired destination for a great coach. Unless that coach was given full reins of the team and I don’t think the glazers will do that they think that they have great football knowledge and should be making decisions and we all know how that’s worked out.

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      • Try not to blame the glaciers. Blame global warming…maybe spell check.

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  6. The glaciers think that because their dad was a great businessman who hired some great football people and won a Superbowl and this knowledge somehow through osmosis transferred to them they somehow feel that their participation award in special gym at a prep-school school qualifies them to run an NFL football team and so far this hasn’t worked out very well

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    • I’m not sure who I’m hoping the Bucs hire more, an offensive or defensive minded coach. Hmmm.

      Supposedly, offense sells tickets and defense wins championships. For many of the Bucs games this year, they didn’t appear to be sold out and they had a top rated offense. Winning sells tickets, not offense. Maybe the Bucs should hire a coach to be the architect of a disruptive smash mouth defense and bring in an offensive coordinator who knows how to limit turnovers and play complimentary football.

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      • You’re right, of course. Winning fills the stands and sells the gear.

        Bucs fans certainly filled the stands between 1996 and 2003 when defense ruled and the best our offense ever did was middle of the pack. It certainly worked that way with the Legion of Boom a few years ago, and for the Ravens and Bears this year.

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        • The attendance took a dive in 2008 when the original 10 year commitment by the season ticket holders expired, tickets could change hands for a profit at various exchanges and the TV black-outs were eliminated. Plus, and it’s a huge plus, the team itself reverted back to its’ pre-Dungy losing ways.

          As you said, winning is what prompts folks to come to the stadium.

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        • Wow, I’m agreeing with naplesfan. FUC-ASS-BOB still doesn’t make any sense, though.

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  7. (yawn)

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  8. Rooney rule ass clown bob. Also a Glacier is an ice formation

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    • Doubt seriously the only reason he is being interviewed is to satisfy the Rooney Rule – 1st is that was the only concern they could have interviewed a couple of in-house candidates; 2nd the Bucs not only comply with the Rooney Rule, but have actually met the intent – 3 times! I agree due diligence is a good thing if it is truly an open search. Might also be interviewing potential candidates for OC/DC/Assistant HC if they are in contact with or considering Arian as he will probably be only a short term, i.e., 3 year fix. If you are going with a 66 year old with health problems, probably not a bad idea to look for a possible successor to groom – if not Arian’s suggestion, could also be on the “consultant’s list”.

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  9. What’s wrong with Bucassbob…seriously? just a troll or does this dude have mental health issues.

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    • Maybe a troll with mental health issues? Obviously has an extreme desire to see how ludicrous he can be. It is curious how many people allow him to get under their skin, including myself. He seems to feed on hate – what may happen if everyone totally ignored him – would he starve when he returned to his lair or come out in the sunlight and revert to stone?

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      • Because buck-ass Bob thinks the glazers are doing a bad job running the team and that because Winston has lost 70% of his games since coming into the NFL he’s a loser this is an example of someone with mental health issues I guess because I believe the Patriots owner it does a good job and Tom Brady is a winner that must really make me have mental health issues

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        • Haha you pick brady and belicheat as your comparisons. You truly are delusional. But at least you finally know how to spell the owners names.

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        • Just because I trash a post now then don’t mean I don’t love your passion – however abstract. A QB’s win loss stats are meaningless unless he plays all 11 positions and is supported by an average o’line or defense of which we don’t have either. You comment one day about the QB and the next saying everyone is obsessed with the QB. Which is it? No one will ever question the “Patriot Way”, no one has been able to duplicate it. I firmly believe that Winston would be the top target in FA if the Bucs didn’t keep him – face it, everyone but 6-8 teams are looking for the next Brady and half of those are in denial. A one year contract (18th in the league) which will probably be lower once new contracts are forged – where is the risk when next year’s QB class will potentially out-rank this one 3-1? A new HC will get at the minimum a 2 year grace period and probably 3. A year of salvage attempt and waiting for better upside – could do worse. I’ll say again, no one has said Licht will be here next year (although starting over on the draft is highly unlikely even if he is dismissed right after). Hopefully, they get a stud LT and show Smith the door, trade around a bit, draft a potential stud QB in round 2-3 to learn instead of being thrown in the fire, what is 1 year. Hope for a quality HC, clean the roster of the apathetic, and be able to compete for a SB in 2020 and not just “make the playoffs”. All you can ask for owners is to keep the check book open and keep out of the way – right now that’s what we have.

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  10. Actually, the first thing that happened that is good news. That is that KC OC Eric Bienemy accepted the interview in Tampa. According to ESPN there were a couple of teams that are not describable at all – Tampa actually made the desirable list. You might wonder why – and why coaches may want to come here.

    1) ESPN said the Bucs have a solid QB situation. Winston showed signs of improvement after his benching. The challenge is obviously going to be determining if he can do it consistently or not. The coach will have one year to figure it out. It is why they said Tampa is a solid opportunity, but not the best. That goes to Green Bay and Cleveland where they have a solid QB to start from most likely.
    2) Undesirable options – Miami and Arizona. Neither has a going QB at all. Arizona has essentially little talent on the roster, and the GM is still there. Since Licht left (go figure) their drafting and free agents have fallen apart. Miami just has a terrible QB situation. Oswiller because Tannenhill cannot last the whole season. If Tannenhill could they would be ranked as desirable, but the last two years, he could not.
    3) The GM and management want to win. This is not due to a lack of desire, it is due to a lack of decisive leadership. While Koetter worked hard and did everything he could, the way he handled his friend Mike Smith said it all. Stayed with him too long, was unwilling to make the hard decision until it was too late. ESPN believes this team has the talent to win if Winston stops his mistakes.

    It was an interesting look at the teams. So Tampa is not the most desirable option due to the QB situation, but it is not terrible either. Anyone who is willing to work with Winston and make him the QB management thinks the can be will be a good fit. Otherwise they won’t be.

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  11. SMH. Tell you what needs to happen…Glazer boys need to get on the phone, offer Tony Dungy the PFO/GM job, and Bill Cowher the Head Coaching gig, and assure him he is not saddled with Jameis Winston. Break out the checkbook, and start drawing zeros until they say “Yes.” Then they need to draft Will Grier with their first pick in the draft, trade free crab legs to the Giants for a 2 and a 3, which gets us back the 3rd that Einstein traded for a 30 year old and 10.5 sacks in a non competitive season, who we can no longer afford apparently, draft pretty much the best player available at ANY position for the remainder of the draft, because the Bucs have holes all over BOTH sides of the field, then they need to change the locks on the building so Licht can no longer get in. That’s what should happen. That team is 3 good draft years away from being competitive. Even if they kept JPP and McCoy, they need at least 5 new starters on defense, 4 offensive linemen, and a decent running back to win consistently. And speaking of consistency… you can toss in that QB I mentioned earlier. How about a more consistent one of those, as well. Anyone who thinks other, is kidding themselves.

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    • First, with the search started none of this will happen. Who knows Licht’s fate after he conducts his “search”, will he still be GM or will the new HC demand roster control & draft decisions? His only job right now is to vet the candidates and submit a recommendation or two the owners. Have no doubt the team will draft or sign a QB after the draft and probably bring in a vet to replace Fitz & Griffin who may retire and move on to a better opportunity respectively. As to Will Grief, using the 5 overall for a QB projected to be boom/bust candidate on day two of the draft would be worse than moving up for a kicker you could have had on day two (although I love his ball protection).

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  12. A current assistant coach with no HC experience is probably the caliber of coach that the Glazers and Licht can best attract. Bielema certainly looks good on paper, but anybody who seriously believes that he is responsible for Patrick Mahomes MVP season just doesn’t get it at all. Mahomes is playing lights out because he is both super talented and is working his heart out, and is likely also being coached rather strongly and more influentially by his head coach, Andy Reid, who calls the plays and was the one who bucked the conventional wisdom of a couple years ago and traded up to pick Mahomes at no. 10.

    Hiring Bieliema is unlikely to generate KC like results in Tampa.

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  13. Gee Bucfannomatter You should buy the team and with all your great ideas we should have the Championship in 2yrs.

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  14. Why is it, that everyone who really knows football, knows what the problem is, except the Glazer boys? It’s baffling. Let’s talk about Licht, and his draft “prowess.” He is no personnel genius. Unless you are drafting a QB…it’s pretty tough to miss on your 1st round pick. Hargreaves… I watched him play at Florida. He was great. He got trapped in that embarrassing defensive scheme Smith was playing, that couldn’t stop a Pop Warner offense. Let’s talk round 2… What I wouldn’t give, to go back and have someone who actually KNEW how to evaluate talent, and have players that could actually PLAY… where Aguayo, Noah Spence, Ronald Jones the III ( lol), and Donovan “Olay” Smith were taken, and that team would be MUCH better. 2nd round ( again barring a QB), and those players should be pretty darn good, too. Lichts consistency (Dummynik too) with the swing and the whiff in round 2, is almost impossible, imo. We haven’t had a decent front office that could evaluate talent, since Rich McKay was run off by Gruden. Back to the genius of Licht…when you bring players in from the practice squad, and a d lineman in that was cut 3 games into the season, and they outplay what you already have here, that tells you about the “genius” of Licht. Where are the Keith Tandys on this roster? That “genius” let him get away. He was probably the best secondary player they had. And where are the Alstott’s? The John Lynch’s? The 3s and 4s, that fill out the roster? There aren’t any, really. I would rather be 3-13 next year, but going FORWARD with real personnel and hope, then going 5-11 again, with that imbecile as GM, who thinks he’s close. What decent coach in their right mind, would want to come here and be saddled with Licht, and Winston. So more mediocre football, then the rest gets blown up, and the Glazers take another half a decade to figure out, what ANYONE EVEN PAYING AVERAGE ATTENTION to this team, already knows. Baffling and disgusting.

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  15. Inspector… you’re right. Got a spare billion you can loan me? I’ll fix that team in a hurry. 😉

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  16. Dbenn….every QB you draft is a potential boom/bust. Grier has got a cannon. And an attitude. We need some of that. No telling if he’ll pan out, but the chances are better than what we have now. I watched Winston play at FSU. He is, as advertised. Remember the “banana peel gif” from the bowl game? We’ve seen that quite a few times in the last few years. He is what he is. I watch Brees play….Luck play….Brady play….and think “I want one of THOSE!” Doesn’t anyone else feel that way? Like Freeman…. I’ve seen enough of Winston.

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    • First of all I don’t hate anyone however this team for four years have gone all-in on Winston and the results has been negative people’s excuses the defense is no good how’s he supposed to win but a team is supposed to have balance they’ve spent so much time and energy on Winston that they forgot about the defense and after four years of the same thing they want more of it I guess I just wish the owners of this team would do like the other billionaire owners and hire somebody that’s a Football Genius to advise them and then go off of that advice instead of trying to run a NFL team with no background in football I feel sorry for the Tampa Bay Buc when I go to a game and see more fans from the other teams my heart is with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and it’s hard to watch them go down every year.

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  17. And Dbenn…. I’m absolutely POSITIVE Grier will be gone before the end of the first round. If we don’t take him, Dolphins, Steelers, Chargers, Patriots…one of those teams snatches him up. That’s if he even makes it that far.

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    • You may be right; however, Walters lists him as 7th best and the highest I’ve seen is 29 by the Patriots. Some mock drafts only have 2 QBs taken in the first. While I disagree, most say his arm is average and he has had attitude issues in the past. The draft is 5 months away – shame we’re even talking about it yet.

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  18. Totally agree that they are either boom or bust irrespective of draft position; however, other than Brees and Brady, almost all quality QBs come out of the first round. A lot of QB’s have a cannon, including Winston. In college Greer has shown himself to be accurate and turnover adverse; however, in which Winston was not. All I’m saying – at this juncture is that he is projected (prior to the combine & evaluations at least), at the bottom of the 2nd to middle of the 3rd round. Based on the draft value chart alone the number 5 pick is worth 1700 pts for a player projected to go (again right now) in the 2nd or 3rd round (400 to 200 pts). If you want to make him your first pick at 7 & 6in the second or round fine. Rich McKay (Sapp, Brooks, R Barber, Alstott & Dunn) also brought us R Upshaw, M Jones & K Walker. McKay ran out of Tampa Bay as the Glazers publicly embarrassed him by rejecting Marvin Lewis and trading two 1’s & 2’s for Gruden. Average at best in Atlanta which is why they kicked him upstairs.

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