Coaching Search Still Hitting RoadblocksFebruary 17th, 2012
Yes, the Bucs need a special teams coach. Yes, the Bucs need a defensive coordinator. Yes, the Bucs are still out there knocking on doors and not always getting the answer they desire.
The latest “no thanks” delivered to Team Schiano appears to be from Alabama Crimson Tide offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland, so reports Al.com’s Alabama beat writer Izzy Gould, a source Joe knows well and trusts.
Stoutland was invited to visit with Tampa Bay, but decided he wanted to stay at Alabama according to the source.The Buccaneers are searching to fill vacancies on first-year coach Greg Schiano’s staff. He replaced Raheem Morris, who was fired with his entire staff last month after Tampa Bay finished the 2011 season with a 10-game losing streak.Stoutland has been with the Crimson Tide for one season, and helped guide Alabama to its 14th national championship with a 21-0 win over LSU on Jan. 9.Stoutland is credited with helping the offensive line develop Barrett Jones into a successful starting left tackle en route to earning the Outland Trophy. He also successfully managed Jones’ vacancy at right guard where Anthony Steen and Alfred McCullough shared time.Stoutland will enter the second year of a two-year contract that pays him $395,000 annually.
Stoutland, 49, was probably best known for being interim coach at Miami after Randy Shannon was fired.
Ultimately, Joe only cares about what the eventual Bucs coaching staff turns out on the field. However, Joe can’t say there’s no value in having the staff together early.
This week, offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan said P.J. Fleck and Brian Angelico, (the supposed new Bucs receivers and tight ends coach, respectively) are key contributors in developing the new language of the offense and all that goes into building a new playbook. Therefore, Joe suspects it would be a big positive to have the rest of the staff by Sullivan’s side during that process.