Some Buccaneers fans may get their wish of seeing offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan no longer calling plays in Tampa Bay.
Sullivan, a former Army Ranger, is expected to interview for the open head coaching position at Army, this according to FOX Sports 1 Insider Mike Garafolo, who tweeted, “Among candidates expected to interview w/Army for vacant HC job is Buccaneers OC Mike Sullivan, a candidate the last time the job was open.”
Army fired Rich Ellerson who went 20-41 in his five seasons as head coach, including 0-5 against Navy.
Sullivan is a United State Military Academy at West Point grad, and coached four seasons as an assistant at Army. Sullivan also played defensive back during his college career for Army.
The 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 pergame.
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 in 2013 after setting several franchise records, including total offense, passing and scoring offense last season, Sullivan’s first in Tampa.
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 [email protected]
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