Dominik Was (Is?) Nervous About Losing SullivanAugust 11th, 2013
One ugly reality of the 2013 season is the status of offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan.
A West Point grad, Sullivan attended the Army’s Airborne, Ranger and Air Assault schools before serving as an officer and then embarking on a 20-year career in football coaching. Sullivan’s also got a couple of Super Bowl rings with the Giants, references, and he marshaled the ninth-ranked offense in the NFL last season.
Another season of strong Buccaneers offense, and Sullivan would be a hot head-coaching candidate, and a worthy one. Sullivan jumped at the chance to interview for the open Bears head coaching job last season.
Based on rockstar general manager Mark Dominik’s comments yesterday on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Dominik believed Sullivan was a serious candidate in Chicago.
“I was a little nervous Mike Sullivan was going to be one and done here. You know, he had a chance to get hired, and that was big for us, selfishly,” Dominik said. “Mike Sullivan is a heck of an offensive coordinator.”
Of course, losing Sullivan would be disastrous. Josh Freeman and/or Mike Glennon would not benefit from a new playcaller in 2014. Yes, the Bucs have Greg Schiano’s former Rutgers offensive coordinator on staff now, John McNulty, the new quarterbacks coach. But Joe would like to see the Rugters defense shine in the NFL before Joe starts considering the Rutgers offense.
As for Sullivan, the Bucs can’t stop him from interviewing for head-coaching gigs, but they could try to make his decision more difficult with a fat raise after what is hopefully a successful season.