Draft The QB, If He’s WorthyDecember 31st, 2013
Former Redskins and Texans architect Charley Casserly, now of NFL Network, dove into his general manager experiences and NFL study to talk all things Bucs, including the process of hiring and more on WDAE-AM 620 today.
Casserly called Lovie Smith an “outstanding candidate” for the Bucs but delivered more names on his short list.
Former Colts head coach and current Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell is “the best coach nobody ever talks about,” Casserly said. And Casserly noted Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer and Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton, the longtime Jets assistant and former Army head coach, as men he would interview.
Caldwell is an intriguing candidate. He’s has been to a Super Bowl as both a head coach and a coordinator. And he’s had the priestly blessing of Father Dungy, who Team Glazer is likely to consult with on the restructuring of their organization. Caldwell’s offense in Baltimore sputtered late this season, but he was credited with reviving Joe Flacco and being the catalyst of the Ravens’ Super Bowl run last season.
Considering Team Glazer interviewed Zimmer in 2012, and Sutton is an older guy with a limited resume, Joe suspects they won’t get any interest in the coming days.
Casserly hit on many Bucs topics, including saying he was somewhat surprised that former rockstar general manager Mark Dominik was booted considering it’s widely believed the Bucs have a strong talent base.
Also, Casserly said he likes Mike Glennon but definitely would advise the Bucs to draft a quarterback with the seventh overall pick, if they grade the QB worthy of that slot. Casserly also spells out the mindset of hiring a head coach before a GM, hiring a GM first, or hiring a leadership team in one shot to “go to work Day 1.”
The full interview is below.