Mike Sullivan To Army?December 16th, 2013
Joe was just typing a post about how Bucs offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan may be a Bucs scapegoat when Joe learned of this rumor floated from a national NFL scribe.
Mike Garafolo of FoxSports.com Twittered that Sullivan is expected to interview for the newly opened head coach position at Army, as Rich Ellison, after getting sunk (again) by Navy over the weekend, is not expected to return as the leader of the Black Knights of the Hudson.
@MikeGarafolo: Among candidates expected to interview w/Army for vacant HC job is Buccaneers OC Mike Sullivan, a candidate the last time the job was open.
Just for a bit of background on Sullivan, he is a former Army Ranger and played for Army as a defensive back and graduated from West Point. Sullivan coached at Army for two seasons in the 1990s.
Now Joe thinks, if you look closely, Sullivan, who has been pilloried by fans this season, very well could be a scapegoat. He’s a damn good quarterback coach. Eli Manning has been horrible without him, save for a 600-yard game against the Bucs to open the season in 2012. Some of Rip Van Freeman’s best games were last season with Sullivan.
And who would ever have expected Mike Glennon, at one point in his rookie year, to throw 10 touchdowns against one interception?
Also note that last year, the Bucs Sullivan-led offense was a top-ten offense. Many of those same weapons Sullivan had last year are not available this season for a variety of reasons, including a seasoned quarterback, a Pro Bowl running back and a solid No. 2 receiver.
So is Sullivan getting the most out of what he has, or does he just not have enough tools in the drawer to get the job done?
Is Sullivan a scapegoat for the Bucs’ woes this season?