Commish's Candidates: Offensive Coordinator

Lovie Smith said that the 1st pick in the NFL Draft will be attractive to potential offensive coordinators the Bucs might try to attract. Lovie also expressed his goal to have a balanced attack on offense, but that he is open to any scheme. The type of offensive coordinator and scheme the Bucs decide on will probably let us know which quarterback they are targeting with the 1st pick.

Lovie Smith said that the 1st pick in the NFL Draft will be attractive to potential offensive coordinators the Bucs might try to attract. Lovie also expressed his goal to have a balanced attack on offense, but that he is open to any scheme. The type of offensive coordinator and scheme the Bucs decide on will probably let us know which quarterback they are targeting with the 1st pick.

Here are some names to remember for the next Bucs offensive coordinator:

Rob Chudzinski - Special Assistant to Colts head coach Chuck Pagano

Chudzinski was most recently the head coach of the Cleveland Browns for a season, but rose through the NFL ranks as offensive coordinator for the Browns and Panthers. During his two seasons as offensive coordinator with the Carolina Panthers, Chudzinski turned one of the worst offenses in the NFL into one of the most feared by grooming rookie QB Cam Newton and building his offense to suit Newton's strengths. The Panthers were a top 10 offense and top 5 in points scored.

Marc Trestman - Former Bears Head Coach

Trestman's offense might be an ideal fit for the Bucs personnel. Like the Bears, the Bucs have two big receivers and a running back in Charles Sims, who is an excellent receiver out of the backfield. Jameis Winston would probably be a better quarterback in Trestman's offense than Mariota.

Dirk Koetter - Falcons Offensive Coordinator

According to ProFootballTalk.com, Koetter will draw major interest from the Bucs if he is released from his contract with the Falcons after a new head coach is hired. Koetter has had a lot of success running a pro-style offense with the Falcons despite having a worse offensive line than the Bucs had this season. Jameis Winston would be a better fit in Koetter's pro-style offense.

Bill Musgrave - Eagles QB Coach

Before this season with the Eagles, Musgrave was the Vikings offensive coordinator from 2011-2013. Musgrave created an offense to obviously feature Adrian Peterson, but he failed to develop Christian Ponder into a legit NFL quarterback. Musgrave might not be solely to blame for Ponder as Ponder might just not be talented enough. Musgrave's current time with the Eagles along with his past experience calling plays at the NFL level could make him an attractive offensive coordinator candidate this off-season. If Musgrave does incorporate Chip Kelly concepts into his offense, it might a very good fit for Marcus Mariota.

Lane Kiffin - Alabama Offensive Coordinator

I'm sure some people will see Lane Kiffin's name and immediately say no. Well, hold on a second. Kiffin has been tremendous as Alabama's offensive coordinator, averaging over 200 yards per game on the ground and nearly 35 points per game. Also, do not discount Lane Kiffin's connection to Lovie Smith and to Tampa. Obviously, Lovie was an assistant under Monte Kiffin, Lane's father. Lane Kiffin's wife is an alumnus of the University of Florida and is daughter to former Gators, Bandits, and Buccaneers quarterback John Reeves. Lane Kiffin has recently said he expects to return to Alabama, but could also be an "outside the box" type candidate.

Greg Roman - Current 49ers Offensive Coordinator

Jim Harbaugh is gone to Michigan and Greg Roman is probably out in San Francisco as well. Roman has designed an offense around Colin Kaepernick, which would be similar to an offense fit for Marcus Mariota...if that's the Bucs target.


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