Ravens DC Lewis Expected to Interview with Bucs

January 28 – According to ESPN's Len Pasquarelli, Baltimore defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis will interview with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for their head coaching position on Tuesday. Lewis interviewed for the head coaching position for the Carolina Panthers last week, but was the runner-up to John Fox.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will interview Baltimore defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis on Tuesday, according to ESPN's Len Pasquarelli.

Lewis, 43, just completed his fifth season with the Ravens (1996-current), but he's believed to be a hot commodity in the National Football League in terms of becoming a head coach.

Lewis is regarded as one of the best defensive minds in the league. In 2000, Lewis' defense broke the single season record for fewest points allowed in a 16-game season with 165 (previous record was 187 held by Chicago). Baltimore's defense led the Ravens to Super Bowl XXXV and shut down the New York Giants' offense en route to their first Super Bowl championship.

Last season, the Ravens defense finished second overall in total defense (fourth against the run, eighth against the pass), but the Ravens (11-7) were eliminated the second-round of the playoffs by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Ravens, like the Buccaneers, have a solid foundation on defense, and are looking for some much-needed help on the offensive side of the football.

Tampa Bay is taking their time in pursuit of Tony Dungy's successor, and they might not make a decision on a new head coach until after the Super Bowl.

Lewis is believed to be the first of what could be several candidates that interview for Tampa Bay's head coaching position.

Other candidates that could possibly interview for the job include Oakland head coach Jon Gruden, Louisiana State University head coach Nick Saban, ex-Chargers offensive coordinator Norv Turner, New York Jets defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell, Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin and Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Mike Mularky.


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