January 7th, 2012


One of the coaches the Bucs are rumored to be interested in is former Buffalo head coach and current Dixie Chicks offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey.

A former get-back coach for Sam Wyche here in Tampa Bay, Mularkey has worked with quarterbacks and has had solid results wherever he’s been. So naturally Joe is high on Mularkey coming to take over the Bucs… until now.

If Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune is to be believed,  the Bucs are indeed interested in Mularkey through his league sources. But, Mularkey has a stipulation, so Biggs reports. That if Mularkey is to be a head coach, that former Bucs offensive coordinator (keyword: offensive) Clod Christensen is a package deal as Clod will be Mularkey’s offensive coordinator.

Colts offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen, if let go, could be a strong candidate for the position based on his previous experience with Smith for the Buccaneers. But an NFL source said if Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey lands a head coaching job (the Jaguars and Bucs are interested in him) Christensen will go with him. The source said Mularkey will be the leading candidate in Jacksonville.

Provided this information is accurate, if Joe were either Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik or Team Glazer, during a prospective interview with Mularkey, if he demanded Clod as the leader of the Bucs’ offense, Joe would stand up, shake Mularkey’s hand, say “Thank you for your time,” and walk straight out of the room.

Hat tip @JennaLaineBucs

64 Responses to “Dealbreaker!”

  1. Deputy Buc Says:

    oh wow… could you imagine THAT debacle all over again?!

  2. Joe Says:


    could you imagine THAT debacle all over again?

    Joe would rather not! 🙁

  3. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    You support RahRah Morris as head coach but not Clyde Christensen as OC under Mularkey.

    You make no sense.

  4. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    He’s probably going to Jax anyway so no worries.

  5. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    Also I heard many of you rah rah supporters argue after it was obvious that he was lost and clueless “one day he will be a good coach.”

    Shouldn’t the same apply to Clyde who was here 10 years ago?

    You sheep are too often hypocrites.

    To say that Clyde from a decade ago under conservative Dungy is the same Clyde after time with Payton is the same Clyde is foolish.

    So you want a head coach that sucks but gets along with Dom and won’t bring an assistant you disapprove of? Jimmy lake was a hall of gamer. Lol

  6. Mark Says:

    This is why Mularkey was a failure as a Head Coach in Buffalo……..He doesn’t know how to build a good coaching staff. Just say NO to Mularkey and move on to the next candidate.

  7. MTM Says:

    Oh no we suck again !!

  8. Traew Says:

    Joe he would be a huge upgrade to Olson.

    People forget we had the 7th ranked scoring offense in the NFL in 2000.

    I think it’s the last time we were in the Top 10.

  9. Joe Says:


    People forget we had the 7th ranked scoring offense in the NFL in 2000.

    Les Steckel was the Bucs offensive coordinator that year.

  10. Joe Says:

    You support RahRah Morris as head coach but not Clyde Christensen as OC under Mularkey.

    You make no sense.


  11. Traew Says:

    Joe –

    My bad. I guess Clyde was 1999.

    Bring back Les !!!!!

  12. Aceofaerospace Says:

    I’m about ready to start climbing the Skyway bridge.

  13. Joe Says:


    My bad. I guess Clyde was 1999.

    Nope. Mike Shula 1999. Les Steckel 2000. Clod 2001. Chucky 2002.

  14. eric Says:

    surely we can do better than that.

    which is my reaction to everything ive heard so far in this search.

    bye bye lions. lions defender pulled a sean jones.

  15. Aceofaerospace Says:

    If I remember correctly, part of the reason Dungy was fired was for his refusal to fire Clod. He previously had to be forced to fire Shula. I can’t vision a scenario where they allow Clod back in the fold. I sure hope I’m right.

  16. eric Says:

    did brees throw more tds this year than our team since its inception?

    rediculously good.

    was dom around in 2001 with clydes horrific offense? that guy might have cost dungy his job.

    please no.

  17. ClayBURN94 Says:

    Brian billick!!!! He knows how to put together a staff!

  18. Pete 422 Says:

    NO, NO, NO!!! I’ll take Mike Sherman over this guy.

  19. eric Says:

    i wish they would have done what joe suggested when they realized they were interviewing mike sherman.

    after flying to texas for the privilege. hell that guy is so desperate for work he would have walked here.

    guess i just dont appreceiate his greatness.

  20. Patrick Says:

    Are YOU serious?!?!

    Why the HELL are we not interviewing Billick?! Don’t understand. The guy has a Super Bowl ring to boast and has great qualities as a head coach. I would trust him.

    Mike Sherman is MUCH better than having Clyde back too.

    Didn’t Joel say that they were going to interview several candidates??

    The Bucs are masters at disappointing their fans.

  21. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Settle down people. Everyone is getting their panties in a wad, but they don’t know what is really going on. Most of you aren’t going to be happy no matter who we hire, but can’t you just wait until someone is actually hired. The Glazers are always very secretive, so we really have no clue what is going on. And by the way Thomas, I actually agree with you. I’m not going to judge someone by what they did 10 years ago.

  22. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Does anyone know if Billick is even interested in becoming a coach again? Maybe he’s comfortable doing TV. I love hearing him say “simple as a screwdriver” 7 times per game. That’s quality television.

  23. vico Says:

    So in this scenario we’re also paying P Manning to make everything work or otherwise we only get to win two games, maybe less, right? Zimmer’s defense was absolutely destroyed today and in some games during the season too. I don’t think Rob Chudzinski is coming to Tampa either. With Dominik as GM, I’m not hoping for any well-known-actually-decent coach for next year. Though, I would take a serious look at Marty Schottenheimer, he might be “too experienced” but he’s always been a good coach. If not, I’m hoping for Tom Clements, or maybe Grimm. I would rather not talk about Sherman, nor Grey, I simply don’t think they fit to the bucs’ needs.

  24. Pruritis Ani Says:

    Hoping Biggs is full of malarkey with his source

  25. eric Says:

    isnt mike shula newtons qb coach.

    bet his daddy could help him assemble a staff.

    as good as anthing else their doing, publically anyhow.

  26. Mean D Says:

    Joe has a man crush on Duminik and proves it every time he refers to him as “rockstar”. Joe must be reffering to the energy drink because Dom sure ain’t no rockstar.

  27. eric Says:

    i heard the bucs were in a bidding war with arkansas state for sherman’ s services.

    till they decided they didnt want him either.

    clear sailing now.

  28. vico Says:

    also, how can we get Karl Dunbar to develop all those DL picks? What about Haley+Sparano and add Dunbar as DC? why get 1 coordinator, when we can actually have three. I mean, all three will be looking for a Coordinator Job, i think they would surely do a great job. Hire the HC who will put them together in Tampa. Or hire one of them as head coach, get a combo, not just the burger. With the help from some free agents for defense, strong drafting, and another RB, this could get to be a pretty good team. Oh, right… the Glazers are not spending any money. And Dom is still there.

  29. JT Says:

    Brian Billick FTW…

    Come save us please

  30. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    Werent 99% of you now experts championing the rah/Dom hirings as excellent decisions just weeks ago.

    If you for one second thought that firing gru and replacing him with ra rah cliche Morris was for the betterment of winning football games:

    You have forfeited your credibility on contributing to th debate about who to hire.

  31. SensibleBuc Says:

    @ Mark

    “This is why Mularkey was a failure as a Head Coach in Buffalo……..He doesn’t know how to build a good coaching staff. Just say NO to Mularkey and move on to the next candidate.”

    Dude Mularkey’s OC in Buffalo was Tom Clements. The very same Tom Clements who happens to be coaching the best QB in the League Aaron Rodgers…smh.

  32. Hawaiian Buc Says:


    Seriously dude, what’s your problem? You do nothing but b!tch and moan about any and everything related to this team. Are you just a miserable person? Don’t you ever get tired of it? Maybe you should just move on from this team, because it is quite clear they will never satisfy you. I would bet my house you will hate whomever we hire, and you will be the same jack arse next year.

    It’s funny to me how now that we have no coach, you have transferred all your hatred and hostility towards Dominik. You really need to take a break from your miserable little life and lighten up a little. If you are going to be “that guy”, can’t you at least make a funny joke every now and then, just to show that you aren’t a total douche? I mean, Eric probably hates Raheem as much as you, but at least he has a sense of humor. I’m really not trying to be a jerk, but if you only knew what you sounded like, I’m pretty sure you would re-evaluate what you write. I promise you, you have made your point: Raheem is the worst coach in the history of sports, the Glazers are the worst owners, Dominik is the worst GM, GMC is the worst DT, and anyone who disagrees with you is an ignorant sheep. Did I miss anything?

  33. vico Says:

    Just listened to de Billick Interview, he’s so much better than the rest. Sherman was no one without Favre, proved it all over Texas. Grey is not even a prime DC. Zimmer is OK, but not what the bucs need. Mularkey is just not a HC, neither is Clements. Both would be excellent OCs though, Mularkey already is, but Clemetnts could have a second chance at it and would help Freeman like no one else. I’m sure Billick can put together this or even better options for a coaching staff. The only problem would be paying them.

  34. SensibleBuc Says:

    I’ve been championing Mularkey as a guy I think the Glazers would take a chance on. He’s a Florida guy with NFL experience on the field and on the sidelines who’s not a classic retread because of his bizarre experience in Buffalo. Obviously I like the guy as HC but this news made me cringe a little…actually it made me cringe alot.

    In Christensen’s one year as the OC here we had the 26th best offense. We went 9-7 & lost in the 1st round. Ugh.

    While acting as the Colts OC over the last three seasons, CC has presided over the 9th, 4th & 30th best offenses in the league…but looking at the numbers (or just having watched them play) over the last few years it’s clear that their offense is extremely one-dimensional, favoring the passing game (obviously) having ranked 2nd (’09), 1st (’10), & 27th (’11) in yardage. CC should get zero credit for this because you’ve got arguably the best QB in NFL history calling the plays.

    The damning evidence against CC is that the Colts run game hasn’t even been average — it’s been absolutely putrid having ranked 32nd (’09), 29th (’10) & 26th (’11) in yardage.

    Is it a lack of talent? They’ve thrown 2 1st rounders and a 5th rounder at the problem and it still hasn’t produced any semblance of a run game. Is it lack of attempts/rhythm? Perhaps. However, I’d wager that it’s CC’s run scheme that’s the problem. They never seem to have updated the same zone running plays from Tom Moore’s 2008 playbook. Pretty uninspiring stuff eh?…


    After looking at Christensen’s resume he’s a little more intriguing than I thought! After CC went with Dungy to the Colts, he became the wide receivers coach, coaching up the likes of Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne, Brandon Stokely, & Pierre Garcon.

    IF Mularkey calls the plays a la Chucky and brings Clyde into the fold as a Bill Muir-type of OC/Position coach the move is a little more defensible. Maybe he can come in a help our talented but underperforming receiving corps?

    Don’t bury Mularkey just yet people! I still think he can be a good fit.

  35. sandbagrudy Says:

    He said Bang I said Boom he said pow oh my god I’m pissing on my feet again like I said John Madden is still lurking around the dark miturating aimlessly

  36. McBuc Says:

    LOL, I agree with Tom…10 years is a long time ago…

  37. Tampa Sam Says:

    I still like Mularkey…

    Christensen is a Polian guy, so there has got to be something to like about this guy.

    Also, as long as Mularkey is making the play calls, I don’t see the huge issue behind bringing in an experienced OC who has worked with one of the best QBs of all time.

  38. Meh Says:

    lol Hawaiian! Awesome.

  39. Meh Says:

    Mularky was the least impressive of the coordinstors mentioned so far even before this tidbit. Lethim go. Not worth it.

  40. upthegut Says:

    Billick, Biascia and Marinelli, there is a trio I would love.

  41. Garv Says:

    Doesn’t Clyde do quite well with the Colts offense?
    Didn’t he win a Super Bowl with Manning and Dungy there?

    I don’t think it’s fair to assume the worse every time a name is mentioned. The man would not BE in the position he’s in if he were as bad as some people.

    That typed, it probably isn’t going to happen anyway. Didn’t the Glazers fire Tony Dungy because he refused to replace Clyde? Heck, I’d be happy if they hired Jon back but that’s not going to happen either.

  42. Garv Says:

    And Hawaiian?

    It’s unbelievable, isn’t it? The boy isn’t right.

  43. Meh Says:

    Garv, it isn’t even his opinions. I agree with some, disagree with others, whatever. I just don’t understand why he has to be a jerk about it every single time he posts.

  44. Meh Says:

    And Hawaiian, Billick has repeatedly said he wants to return to coaching.

  45. Sgt Mike Says:

    Clyde was part of the downfall of Dungy. That guy was the worst OC when we had him. I’m with Joe, if this is true handshake and a “Peace Out”. I hope tha silence is just the fact that the Glazer boys are working on a deal with someone and don’t want to mess with negotiations.

  46. Architek Says:

    It’s sad to see the state of this franchise and people disputing over coaches after losing 10 straight, like who would want to come to this hell hole?

    Mularkey should go somewhere else where the owners actually care and will spend. He was use to that in Atlanta so coming here will definitely be a shocker.

    If Clyde came in I don’t think he should be judged on 10 years ago because the game has changed and who was his qb back then, Shaun King (who was just cool). All of that matters. So I would welcome him over Olsen but first get some offensive talent. No speed or playmaking will help no one regardless of the coach.

    My point is that until you get the right marriage of organization leaders, coaches, and talented players we will be a joke to winning franchises and national media.

    And would please stop call Dumink a Rock Star, that sounds like a Boy Band crush…

  47. j lynch Says:

    All you Dungy lovers should like Clyde he staved with him a while andmust have learned something right????


    how about Rich Bisaccia ,Brian Billick and Joe Barry

  49. Thomas 2.2 Says:


    Why is it miserable to say that you should not be so quick to rule out Mularkey bc Clyde was inexperienced as a playcaller here 10 years ago?

    Further, many sheep were arguing against my opinion that Rah was not qualified by saying he will learn OJT – well CC now has 10 years OJT with Payton Manning.

    I am pointing out further hypocricies. And you sheep who desired that Rah Rah be our head coach have lost your credibility if the historic disaster that he was.

    Those of us who predicted that Rah would be a trainwreck have earned respectability on this subject.

    I dont hate Dom but he does not deserve praise.

    GMC has been a total bust “thus far,” As I predicted. Dom committed 20+ million to him in the past 2 seasons – that is nearly 1 million per tackle and over 1 million per game for basically nothing (over 5 million per sack).

    I hope GMC one day provides value but you have to write him off until he shows that he can handle the NFL.

  50. B.D Says:

    I like Billick,as head coach Childress Offence, and how about Kevin Greene defence. and Rod Maranelli assistant Head coach?

  51. Meh Says:

    No you have not earned respectability Thomas. Whether you are right or wrong you will never earn respectability as long as you’re a jerk in nearly every post. Is it really impossible for you to make your points without being nasty to everyone else?

  52. RastaMon Says:

    as long as Les Steckle is included !

  53. Macabee Says:

    I’m not going to join the fray to pick asstistants when i’m barely interested in who becomes coach. It starts at the top. How can I be an honest broker when I’ve never read a mission statement or RFQ (request for quote) on the direction we’re going in and the requirements for a HC. A great architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, said that form follows function. I have no idea what we’re looking for and maybe that’s by design. However, on the subject of Christensen, for those who say, lets not judge him by what he did 10 yrs ago, I say OK, lets judge him by what he did last year!

  54. kray Says:

    Hey Thomas I think you missed the point. Your a miserable fan that no one cares about. Happy isn’t in your vocabulary.

  55. raphael Says:

    I feel like i woke up this morning and my bicycle was stolen …pls no to clyde and yes to clements oc

  56. eric Says:

    better get the ink dry on sherman before la monroe signs him.

  57. Rick Says:


  58. BigMacAttack Says:

    I liked Rah and supported him, but not until he fired Bates, and the team improved. I thought his hiring when it happened was the worst ever. I wanted him to be the DC under Chucky which made more sense to me. I guess I was too big of a Chucky fan and I’d take him back tomorrow. Still Rah was our coach and was on a roll until the wheels fell off in London. I personally feel that Dom and the Glazers were as much to blame as Raheem, but he took the fall. So what, it is what it is.

    I hope we get a good coach but it really would be best if they just sold the team.

  59. A REAL Bucs Fan Says:

    @Thomas 2.2
    The big difference is that Clyde didn’t even show that he was skilled at OC when he was here. And since leaving, his skills have not improved.

    If he showed steady improvement during the past 10 years it would be different. He got his job with the Colts because of Dungy. He didn’t earn it. It was nothing more than loyalty.

    When he joined the Colts, the WRs were already good. Marvin was already considered a future HoFer. Manning was already established as the best, or among the best.

    And we all know the Colts OC is nothing more than a pencil pusher. Peyton runs that offense.

    Morris actually had a team 10-6, which showed at least SOME track record.

    No hypocrisy at all.

    Frankly, I never wanted Mularkey here. Everyone assumes he’s good with QBs just because of Ryan…I’m not sold. He doesn’t have much track record either….though a much better one than either Cyde or Morris.

    And finally, you seem to think that team support equates to hypocrisy. Some might define it as whining about a coach for 3 years, and then as soon as he is gone shifting targets to the GM, and suddenly claiming HE was to blame.

    Team support means, expressing your wishes, but supporting a decision once it is made. Not hoping for failure just so you can be told you were right.

    – P.D.

  60. A REAL Bucs Fan Says:

    I disagree that selling the team is best.

    It’s a myth that Malcom ran things with the Bucs before he got sick. He bought the team for his sons because they wanted to own the team. He was nothing more than a figure head all along to keep investors happy.

    I’ll be honest, I originally thought Morris was a bad hire, but once it was done, I got behind it.

    I dread the idea of it, but I would support even Sherman if he were hired. And I would hope for success. I prefer (very much) someone else, almost anyone else.

    BUT…I want Clements, Grimm, or Billick (sp).

  61. k1ngAdroc Says:

    Anyone think Sherman ((Shudder)) would hire Clements as OC or Clements guaranteed a HC job this yr?

  62. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Damn Thomas, you really don’t get it, do you? I don’t know what else to tell you. I tried to break it down nice and simple for you, but obviously that’s just who you are.

  63. Brandon Says:

    It’s entirely possible that Christenson has improved as an OC, especially considering he has had plenty of success with the Colts. Also, even if he were the OC, I’m sure Mularkey would want play calling duties.

    Whomever is hired, I just know that the best available DC out there is Ron Meeks. Check out his track record, he is extremely impressive.

  64. vico Says:

    I think Mularkey just ruled himself out with such a poor performance @NY