Colts May Dissect the Bucs' Coaching Staff

January 24 – Former Buccaneers head coach Tony Dungy was hired by the Colts as their new head coach earlier this week, and now he has been granted permission to speak with members of Tampa Bay's offensive staff about job opportunities in Indianapolis.

Former Bucs head coach and new Colts head coach Tony Dungy has asked the Tampa Bay organization to speak with members of the Buccaneers' staff . The Buccaneers have granted Dungy permission to speak with members of the Bucs' offensive staff, but they denied the Colts an opportunity to speak with defensive members of the staff.

All or most members of Tampa Bay's offense are still under contract with the Buccaneers for one year, but they would likely be fired by Tony Dungy's successor, whoever that may end up being.

Dungy and the Colts will talk with Tampa Bay offensive line coach Chris Foerster, tight ends coach Ricky Thomas, offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen, quarterbacks coach Jim Caldwell and running back coach Tony Nathan.

Dungy was reportedly interested in speaking with members of Tampa Bay's defense staff as well, but was denied the opportunity. Dungy would like to speak with defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin and defensive line coach Rod Marinelli, but it doesn't look like he will be able to, for now.

Dungy will talk with and likely lure most members of Tampa Bay's offensive staff to Indianapolis.

Foerster will likely be Indianapolis' tight ends coach. Foerster coached the tight ends position with the Minnesota Vikings in 1995.

Thomas, who served as the Buccaneers' tight ends coach from 1999-2001, will probably be a quality control coach with the Colts.

Dungy would like Christensen to be Indianapolis' quarterbacks coach, a position he occupied with the Bucs for the 1999-2000 season.

Caldwell, who left his head-coaching position at Wake Forest University to join Tampa Bay in the offseason, will likely be the Colts' wide receivers coach.

Nathan, who coached Tampa Bay's running backs from 1996-2002, will likely take over as the Colts' running backs coach.

While Tampa Bay's scouting team could stay intact, special teams coach Joe Marciano, who coached the Bucs' special teams from 1996-2001, will not follow in some of his colleagues' footsteps to Indianapolis, but it does look like he's leaving Tampa. Marciano will likely take the expansion Houston Texans up on their offer to coach their special teams.

Just because Tampa Bay denied Indianapolis the chance to talk with the Bucs' defensive coaches doesn't necessarily mean they will automatically remain with the Pewter Pirates next season. While their futures depend heavily on who Tampa Bay's new head coach will be, Kiffin and Marinelli are reportedly eyeing other job opportunities around the league.

Speaking of Tampa Bay's vacant head-coaching position, the Bucs are reportedly very interested in Oakland head coach John Gruden. Unless Oakland owner Al Davis fires Gruden, Tampa Bay would likely have to buy out the last year on his contract and perhaps compensate the Raiders with cash and/or draft pick(s).

Tampa Bay may also be interested in San Diego offensive coordinator Norv Turner, Baltimore defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis, LSU head coach Nick Saban and as long as the Buccaneers have no head coach in place and Bill Parcells remains unemployed, The Tuna should still be considered a possibility.


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