Bucs Coaching Decision Could Be NearingJanuary 26th, 2012
It seems the Bucs are starting to whittle down their list of candidates to fill the void left by jettisoned coach Raheem Morris more than three weeks ago.
Per Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times‘s Twitter feed, the Bucs are turning the corner and heading down the home stretch in their quest for a new coach.
@NFLSTROUD: By Thursday morning, Bucs will begin eliminating candidates. … Mike Sherman indeed had 2nd interview with Bucs today. At least one other known candidate is a finalist, most likely Carolina OC Chudzinski … The list of a few Bucs finalists will be obvious by Thurs morning, but there may be at least one unknown candidate under consideration.
Ah, yes, the old fashioned mystery candidate. The longer this coaching search plays out, the more Joe is convinced (more like hoping) that the Mike Sherman talk is simply a smokescreen while the Bucs land a college coach (Les Miles, Chris Petersen?) or a CFL coach (Marc Trestman?).
UPDATE: Per Woody Cummings of the Tampa Tribune, Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray was told by Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik this morning, in essence, “Thank you, no.”