Are Bucs In Danger Of Losing Mike Sullivan?November 8th, 2012
For Joe, a giant surprise this season has been Bucs offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan. The guy is a first-time coordinator and new to calling plays, yet he’s already led the crafting of a powerful offense from scratch and successfully made significant adjustments to his game-planning since opening day.
Sullivan also has to get some credit for Josh Freeman’s renaissance, and his unit’s stats speak for themselves.
Throw in the fact Sullivan is a West Point grad and Army veteran, and has worked for two of the most militant head coaches in the NFL, Greg Schiano and Tom Coughlin, and Joe’s pretty confident Sullivan is going to be a somewhat hot head coaching candidate this offseason if the Bucs offense doesn’t nosedive over the next eight weeks.
Add to that the reality that most teams seeking a head coach also need to develop a quarterback, and Joe suspects Sullivan, from his time with Freeman and Eli Manning, can talk that talk very well in an interview.
Yeah, there’s half a season to play, plenty of time for Sullivan to channel Greg Olson, but the potential loss of Sullivan is real and something Joe’s going monitor. It would be a dreadful loss, assuming the Bucs offense keeps performing. But Joe’s just not seeing how Sullivan won’t land on teams’ radars.