Turner, Mularkey to Interview for Bucs' HC Job

January 29 – Tampa Bay general manager Rich McKay and the Bucs organization have moved their search for a new head coach into fifth gear. Tampa Bay interviewed Baltimore defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis on Tuesday, and the Bucs are expected to interview ex-Chargers offensive coordinator Norv Turner on Wednesday and Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey on Thursday.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers interviewed Ravens defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis for their vacant head coaching position on Tuesday. Bucs general manager Rich McKay is expected to interview ex-San Diego offensive coordinator Norv Turner sometime on Wednesday and then Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey on Thursday.

In just one season with the Chargers, Turner helped San Diego's offense finish the 2001 season ranked 11th overall in the league (20th rushing offense, 11th passing offense).

The Miami Dolphins are interested in acquiring Turner's services as well, but Miami wants Turner to fill their offensive coordinator vacancy.

Mularkey has gained recognition for the job he did with Pittsburgh's offense in the 2001 season. In his first season as Pittsburgh's offensive coordinator, Mularkey was credited with having the Steelers' offense finish the season ranked third in total offense (first in rushing offense and 21st in passing offense) before being eliminated by the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game.

Lewis, Turner and Mularkey are just three of several candidates who have been mentioned as possible candidates since Tony Dungy was fired on Jan. 14.

Other possible candidates include Oakland head coach Jon Gruden, Louisiana State University head coach Nick Saban and New York Jets defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell.

Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin and Bill Parcells are also possible darkhorse candidates.


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