The Buccaneers have officially started their search for a new head coach, setting up interviews with Arizona offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin and Carolina defensive coordinator Sean McDermott.
Goodwin, 43, arrived in Arizona in 2013 and worked with Jason Licht for one year. This season Goodwin oversaw the NFL’s top ranked offense, averaging 408 yards a game and scoring the most points (489) combined over 17 weeks.
Carolina DC Sean McDermott – Photo by: Getty Images
As for McDermott, 41, the long-time Eagles assistant (1999-2010) spent three years in Philly with Licht and has had an impressive five-year run as the Panther’s defensive coordinator, drawing a great deal of league interest. This season he presided over the league’s sixth ranked unit, one that led the NFL in interceptions with 24 and tied for the lead in fumble recoveries with 15.
McDermott’s received credit for developing talent such as Josh Norman, Luke Kuechly and Kawann Short, all of who joined the Panthers post hire.
Licht said Thursday that the Bucs would move as swiftly as possible, but also want to be relentless in their search and make a smart decision. So while Dirk Koetter still appears to be the favorite, it’s clear the Licht and his staff will still do their due diligence when finding the 11th head coach in franchise history.
Zach is entering his 3rd year covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a writer for PewterReport.com. Since 2014, he's handled a large part of the beat reporting responsibilities at PR, attending all media gatherings and publishing and promoting content daily. Zach is a native of Sarasota, FL, and a graduate of the University of Tampa. He has also covered high school football for the Tampa Tribune and the NFL for Pro Player Insiders.
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Yes, I would take my time and get it right. Go Bucs!
I think Tampa will get a new strong head coach and a new offensive and defensive coaches. and a new directions. I hope Tampa will get the best DE,OT,CB & Safety and Impack ILB.GO BUCS
McDermott looks like he still gets carded if he buys tobacco products.
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