More Fuel For Sullivan Head Coach PossibilitiesNovember 30th, 2012
As Joe wrote several weeks ago, and took criticism for it, Bucs offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan is all but certain to be in the mix when teams start interviewing potential head coaches for 2013, assuming a few things: Sullivan is interested, and the Bucs don’t implode or go deep in the playoffs. The latter would prevent Sullivan from interviewing until the Bucs are eliminated.
It just makes too much sense given Sullivan’s military-officer background, rings and success with the Giants, and now credit for crafting a new offense and reviving a quarterback with the Bucs.
Now does Joe think Sullivan would make a good head coach? Well, that’s not relevant, nor is Joe thinking about it. What’s important is that the Bucs could lose him at the rate Sullivan’s career is progressing.
Tampa Tribune beat writer eye-RAH! Kaufman penned a sharp feature on Sullivan today, including info. on Sullivan’s daunting Army Ranger training and an endorsement from Falcons head coach Mike Smith.
That wouldn’t surprise Falcons coach Mike Smith, who worked with Sullivan in 2003 on Jack Del Rio’s staff in Jacksonville.
“Mike’s one of the most intelligent guys I know, and he’s got an unbelievable work ethic,” Smith said. “He’s got West Point connections, and you can’t say enough about a guy who spent time there. He did a great job with Eli in New York and he’s got a great mind in terms of how to attack people.”
It’ll be interesting to see what the buzz is when head coaches around the NFL start dropping like flies in a few weeks. If Sullivan is interested in being a team commander, his agent should have no problem drumming up interest — real or hyped.