Flynn's Focus: Who's Left?

February 13 – It's been four weeks since Tampa Bay fired Tony Dungy, and the Buccaneers are not even close to finding his replacement. While executive vice presidents Joel and Bryan Glazer continue their search for a coach without general manager Rich McKay, the well of candidates is running dry. A closer look at the list of potential candidates is in order for this installment of Flynn's Focus.

Still in the Hunt

Bill Parcells: A few more phone calls from the Glazers to Parcells couldn't hurt. After all, Parcells has been known to change his mind from time to time. He's really the one that started this mess, and he's still one of the few that could fix it. The job could become especially appealing to Parcells if Bucs general manager Rich McKay resigns as some reports have suggested he will do.

Jon Gruden: The longer this circus goes on, the more I seem to think three No. 1 draft picks, Pro Bowl defensive tackle Warren Sapp and a few million dollars are a rather small price to pay for Gruden. Perhaps the Glazers can make the counteroffer to Davis that was allegedly never made by McKay in order to bring the asking price down.

Charlie Weis: Weis re-signed with the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots for two-years, but if he's offered a head coaching job with Tampa Bay, it would be hard for him to pass on the opportunity.

Marv Levy: He is 76 years old, but he has an impressive resume'. Levy volunteered his services to the Bucs for one-year so that Tampa Bay could pursue Gruden when his contract expires with the Raiders at the end of the 2002-2003 season. At first, Levy's offer was laughable, but now the proposition is rather tempting.

Monte Kiffin: He would be a temporary solution, but Kiffin is said to be not interested in head coaching the Buccaneers or any team for that matter.

Oregon State coach Dennis Erickson Erickson has been impressive in the college ranks, but his first and only NFL gig with the Seattle Seahawks was less than stellar.

Hawaii head coach June Jones Jones would be an interesting candidate if the Bucs indeed contacted him, but one would have to place a big question mark on him if he were to head coach in Tampa Bay.


No Longer in the Mix?

Maryland head coach Ralph Friedgen: He only coached with Maryland for one year and finished with an impressive 10-2 record, but after the Glazers interviewed him, he held a press conference to say he was not interested in coaching Tampa Bay.

University of Oregon coach Mike Bellotti: ESPN reported Wednesday that Bellotti would not be interested in coaching Tampa Bay. The Glazers have not interviewed him, but he was thought to be on the top of their list of candidates.

Washington coach Rick Neuheisel: Neuheisel told FOX 13 News in Tampa that he had not been contacted by the Glazers, but if he was, he would tell them he was not interested in coaching the Buccaneers.

Norv Turner: Turner interviewed with Bucs general manager Rich McKay, but he took an offensive coordinator job in Miami soon after that. It might surprise you how many Bucs players were pulling for Turner to get the job, and he's not totally out of the picture, but something tells me he wants no part of Tampa Bay.

Mike Mularkey Pittsburgh's offensive coordinator didn't seem to really impress McKay with his interview, but the Glazers could possibly give him another one.

Washington Redskins defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis: Washington didn't hesitate to make Lewis the highest paid coordinator in the league, but that doesn't mean he's out of the mix. He's 99.9 percent eliminated from consideration, but after this spectacle, it wouldn't surprise me to see Lewis introduced at a press conference called for Bill Parcells.

Free agency starts on Mar. 1, and Tampa Bay will need to have a coach and staff in place by that date. Coaches under contract with teams in the NFL are not permitted to leave after Feb. 28, which will make it hard for the Buccaneers new coach to assemble a quality offensive staff.


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