Bucs Could Be Stealing “Knowledge”January 10th, 2012
Joe cannot find one guy who, after looking at the list of candidates the Bucs are interviewing to fill the hole left by jettisoned Raheem Morris, doesn’t come away aghast.
Yesterday Joe’s good friend, the dean of Tampa Bay sports radio, “The Big Dog,” Steve Duemig, of WDAE-AM 620, said the known candidates “make me want to puke.”
Later, Duemig wondered aloud if the list was a smokescreen because the candidates were so outrageous. It appears Duemig is onto something.
Popcorn-munching, coffee-slurping, fried chicken-eating, oatmeal-loving, beer-chugging Peter King of Sports Illustrated is of the belief that Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik is thieving “knowledge” from the likes of Marty Chokenheimer and Wade Phillips.
TAMPA BAY IS FACT-FINDING. THAT IS ALL. “I’m not a fan of the Bucs, and I know you said in today’s MMQB that Cincy’s Mike Zimmer was a strong candidate to replace Raheem Morris, but are they REALLY considering Wade Phillips or Brad Childress as their next coach?? Phillips has never proven himself as a head coach while he has excelled as the DC everywhere he’s gone without the Ryan fanfare. And Childress, well, he didn’t very well distinguish himself in his time with the Vikings. What can they possibly be thinking?”
— Jon Karp, Camillus, N.Y.
I actually didn’t say that about Mike Zimmer; I said I thought Mike Sherman would be a candidate. Al Davis used to have this theory about coaching interviews. Cast a wide net and steal knowledge. If you have a chance once every three or four years to bring in veteran coaches who you may have a slight interest in hiring but absolutely have a strong interest in stealing knowledge from, why not interview these guys?
Why not ask Brad Childress his opinion on what’s important in developing a quarterback, and what did he learn from Andy Reid on that? Why not ask Wade Phillips, who’s been a terrific defensive coordinator, how he raised the Texans from the 30th-ranked defense last year to second this year — without Mario Williams? Why not ask them to watch some tape of the awful Tampa Bay defense and say, “Give me your theory: What’s wrong here?” Not saying he did that, but that’s something Davis would have done.
This makes perfect sense because Joe just cannot believe the Bucs are literally serious in hiring Brad Childress — Brad Childress! — to develop Josh Freeman. Might as well hire Les Miles as the quarterback coach.
Think about it: Who was Bruce Almighty’s right-hand man with the Bucs? Dominik. Who did Bruce Almighty learn the intricacies of front office politics from? Al Davis.
This has to be the logical conclusion. For the sake of Joe’s thinly-held sanity, it must be.