Report: Sullivan Will Interview In Chicago

December 31st, 2012

Word out of the Chicago Sun-Times and various other sources has Bucs offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan scheduled to interview soon for the Chicago Bears head coaching job. Former head coach Lovie Smith was fired today.

Sullivan’s West Point/Army Ranger military background, his Super Bowl rings coaching with the Giants, and his measurable yet limited success with the Bucs offense, make him a prime head coaching candidate.

Joe wrote about this many weeks ago, though some readers here scoffed at Joe’s logic.

Is Sullivan head coaching material? Joe can’t vouch for that, but he’s surely a sound candidate and Joe would expect he’ll get other looks, as well.

Sullivan’s departure would not be a good thing for Josh Freeman. The last thing Freeman needs is change that likely would rattle his confidence.

Will Greg Schiano ask Team Glazer to step up and lock up Sullivan to stay in Tampa? That’s an important question as the clock ticks into 2013.

45 Responses to “Report: Sullivan Will Interview In Chicago”

  1. lurker Says:

    wow, would totally suck to have yet another oc.

  2. PRBucFan Says:

    Whelp here comes the new excuse for Joshy as we have to go to a new offensive coordinator/ system. This system was too complicated for him anyways.

  3. MadMax Says:

    A great QB should be able to roll with the flow. Look at the successes of the rookies that have came out of college the past two years! If Josh cant handle it, then he needs to be a backup.

  4. bucfanjeff Says:

    It would be a huge set back, huge.

  5. Buc Fan South Tampa Says:

    Wasnt Sullivan on a multiyear contract? If so, then we had to have given them permission to interview him. Thats now 5 OCs No. 5 will have played under. Not good.

  6. admin Says:

    Joe here,

    @BucFanSouthTampa – Teams can’t block coordinators from interviewing for head coaching jobs.

  7. SirustheVirus Says:

    They can’t deny him like teams were doing with the Bucs?

  8. SirustheVirus Says:

    damn answered my question

  9. Machiavellii Says:

    I think he warrants an interview but I don’t see him getting the job. Maybe with another successful year with the bucs, but not at this point.

    As for Freeman, I think he has been coddled too much his entire career. Time for him to man up and deliver. Having fgone through so many coordinators he should have by now found a way to adjust. Good coordinators don’t stay long in this league, they move on very fast and it’s up to the team to have plans in place to adjust going forward..just part of the game. The good players adjust the rest fall behind..

  10. gotbbucs Says:

    He shouldn’t be going anywhere. He doesn’t seem ready to be a Head Coach yet in my opinion. The only reason he might get a chance is because there are so many opennings this year and so few qualified candidates.

  11. GiveBlountABLUNT Says:

    OFFER HIM A HUGE PAY RAISE. We cant let Sully go just yet.. It will be another new offense for everyone if he leaves, I was so excited to see what all our offensive bucs could do in the second year of the system. FU*K

  12. Danny Says:

    They should interview Bill Sheridan.

  13. Machiavellii Says:

    Well Sheridan sucked in New York and he sucked in Tampa. Lol see a trend.. Especially considering the giants improved tremendously the season after he was fired with virtually the same players..

  14. ScottyinFatAntonio Says:

    Didn’t Shiano want Arizona Cardinals quarterbacks coach John McNulty as our OC? LOL…though with the drama the cards had with their QBs, I’m not sure if I would want this guy high on MY list.

  15. toneman850 Says:

    I would hate to see him leave, but wish him well if he gets it.

    Norv Turner will take an O Coordinator position somewhere that has a good QB and receiver group. Hmmm maybe Vincent Jackson can bring him over.

  16. kgh4life Says:

    @MadMax

    Your logic is faulty. The fact is Josh Freeman had 3 OC in four years, the rookies that came out the the last couple years hasn’t had multiple OC’s: Newton, Russell, RGIII and Kapertanik had or is having consistency at the OC position, did not happen Josh. History has proven that for a young QB to have consistency everything else around him has to be structured and organized.

  17. kgh4life Says:

    @toneman850

    I strongly agree. Some coaches are not made out to be head coaches such as Norv Turner, however, he has been a successful OC through out his career. If Sully leaves for the Bears Norv would be a great hire. Norv Turner specializes in the run n shoot offense, a system that is similiar to Sully’s. If he was to be hired it wouldn’t be a big transition for the offense.

  18. @eric Says:

    Bye Sully and Bill, hello Norv and Lovie………..welcome back Monte, see ya Butch……..

  19. Tampa2 Says:

    kgh4life Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 9:25 pm
    @MadMax

    Your logic is faulty. The fact is Josh Freeman had 3 OC in four years, the rookies that came out the the last couple years hasn’t had multiple OC’s: Newton, Russell, RGIII and Kapertanik had or is having consistency at the OC position, did not happen Josh. History has proven that for a young QB to have consistency everything else around him has to be structured and organized.

    Um. What…Those rookies haven’t had the consistency of the same coordinator either because….they are rookies. They are learning a new system as well are they not? First year guys are playing better then number 5. There’s no way around it. Freeman needs to get better. Period. And Schiano says so..

  20. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    Nothing to see here. Sullivan doesn’t have the demeanor teams look for in a head coach. He’s just being used to round out the interview list and give the Bears leverage with the guy they really want: Mike McCoy.

  21. Gt40bear Says:

    Norv! Already got his brother here and can reunite w/VJax!

  22. Patrick Says:

    LOCK HIM UP.

    Freeman needs the consistency with the coordinators.

  23. Patrick Says:

    If Sullivan DID leave, Norv Turner would be the best replacement for OC given his proven track record of success as a coordinator, and the fact he already knows Vincent Jackson. If that were the case, Freeman needs to get to work IMMEDIATELY so he’s ready for the season.

  24. MadMax Says:

    @kgh, read what Tampa2 said.

    Are you really that flawed?

  25. Nick2 Says:

    Wow you did call that Joe I scoffed too….

  26. Brent Says:

    Norv OC and Bianchi back as SPECIAL TEAMS coach

  27. Brent Says:

    Oh and Kiffin as DC….

  28. Brent Says:

    Or Lovie at DC and Kiffin take B. Davis unique position.

  29. Miguel El Magnifico Says:

    They should interview Norv for OC, throw the checkbook at him.

    I personally, would demote Schiano to special teams and hire Chip Kelly as HC and OC.

    Happy New Year!

  30. Machiavellii Says:

    Miguel you sir are an idiot..

  31. Patrick Says:

    Wow Miguel, even Thomas 2.2 didn’t make posts that were that stupid!!

  32. PRBucFan Says:

    Happy New Year Miguel

    But too much Egg Nog???

    Kelly’s Read Option Offense will not fair well in this league.

  33. MadMax Says:

    Happy new year guys and gals!!!

    Lets toast to a new season and new beginnings.

    To health and happiness!

  34. PRBucFan Says:

    Same to you MadMax

    *toast

  35. Nate Says:

    good luck! please take freeman with you!

  36. MadMax Says:

    @PRBucFan

    *cling

  37. buccanay Says:

    Good riddance if he wants to go…there are MANY other more qualified OC’s than Sullivan…not overly impressed anyway..for continuities sake, I’d like him to stay…but eh….he’s really a QB coach, not an OC anyway…remember, he was late hire like ALL our coaches were…we can upgrade if needed, IMO

  38. upthegut Says:

    Calling Miguel El Buffino an idiot is demeaning to idiots!

  39. Brandon Says:

    McNulty coached the WRs for Schiano at Rutgers before he moved on to the same role with the Cardinals before he was elevated to QB coach. He is undoubtedly going to be the next Bucs WR coach.

    I wish there were even less doubts that Sheridan would be fired. If Schiano is truly attached to TBA, he needs to replace Sheridan. Ron Meeks would be the perfect candidate. Marinelli and Kiffin are available as well. EIther one of these three guys would make a bigger impact than the signing or an all-pro pass rusher and corner.

  40. Brandon Says:

    Miguel El Magnifico Says:

    December 31st, 2012 at 11:50 pm
    They should interview Norv for OC, throw the checkbook at him.

    I personally, would demote Schiano to special teams and hire Chip Kelly as HC and OC.

    Happy New Year!

    +++++++++++++

    So let me get this straight… you throw the checkbook at Norv to be the OC and run his Don Coryell/Joe Gibbs offense… only to then hire Chip Kelly to run his spread… or not? Your logic is astounding.

  41. Brandon Says:

    FLBoyInDallas Says:

    December 31st, 2012 at 9:51 pm
    Nothing to see here. Sullivan doesn’t have the demeanor teams look for in a head coach. He’s just being used to round out the interview list and give the Bears leverage with the guy they really want: Mike McCoy.

    ++++++++++++++

    What, are you Sullivan’s drinking buddy or something? What do you know about Sullivan… or pretty much anybody relevant to the Bucs? Based on his body of work, he has no realistic shot at the job. But stranger things have happened. He could abolutely blow everyone away in his interview.

    That being said, the offense needs continuity. The likely replacement for Sullivan, for continuity’s sake, would be Ron Turner, who is already here and is familiar with the current terminology and scheme. Changing things up yet again would prove to be counterproductive for the team.

  42. SirustheVirus Says:

    I like Sullivan and thought he did good his first year. Some of his play calling was a little conservative do to the fact he was learning the players as much as they were learning the offensive scheme. It would do him good to get his name out there, but I don’t think he gets the job.

  43. Gus Says:

    Couldn’t agree more with hiring Norv but like Miguel said we would have to throw the checkbook at him. Remember the ravens will be looking for an oc and their personnel fits what the Ravens want to do

  44. Gus Says:

    @Brandon that’s why I stop reading after the first paragraph lol

  45. Miguel El Magnifico Says:

    Reading comprehension, Brandon. “They should” is different from “I personally”

    Two totally different ways to skin a cat.

 
 

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