Waiting On John McNulty

January 13th, 2013

McNulty had a stellar reputation as a receivers coach in Arizona and coached for Tom Coughlin and Bill Parcells, in addition to Greg Schiano at Rutgers.

So who did Larry Fitzgerald fly to the Pro Bowl as his personal guest after the 2011 season?

That would be his then Cardinals position coach John McNulty, Greg Schiano’s former offensive coordinator at Rutgers.

Schiano tried to hire McNulty from the Cardinals last year, presumably to be his offensive coordinator, but was denied by the Cardinals brass. However, McNulty is now a free agent after being fired from Arizona with Ken Whisenhunt’s staff.

As Bucs fans hold their collective breath hoping/praying that offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan isn’t the lucky one among the 13 known candidates vying for the Bears head coaching job, the Bucs still have three key coaching vacancies to fill: quarterbacks, receivers and defensive backs.

McNulty is a name to watch, and that’s no big surprise. Today, CoachingSearch.com guru Pete Roussel even told Joe that McNulty is a near lock to land in Tampa.

Joe believes McNulty would come to the Bucs as a receivers coach, not as a quarterbacks coach, the job he held in Arizona in 2012.

McNulty, who played safety at Penn State, had success as a receivers coach with the Jaguars under Tom Coughlin (Keenan McCardell and Jimmy Smith) and worked in Dallas for Bill Parcells, before joining Schiano at Rutgers and moving on to the Cardinals.

Schiano must be salivating at the chance to add his trusted buddy McNulty to the Bucs family. And, frankly, it would be tough for the Bucs to find a receivers coach with better experience. Plus, in Schiano’s mind, McNulty could represent insurance if/when Sullivan leaves town.

Joe suspects the Bucs will lock up McNulty sooner rather than later. It’s hard to imagine McNulty’s resume leaving him without multiple job offers.

34 Responses to “Waiting On John McNulty”

  1. Ian's Gay Lisp & Ron's Drinking Problem Says:

    By adding depth in coaching, free agency & draft….this offseason, the sky is the limit next year (Atlanta is losing their security blanket, Tony Gonzales…Saints are in salary cap hell…and screw the Panthers)

  2. Sgt Mike Says:

    Lock him up. Anyone that Fitzgerald has that kind of regard for is OK with me and I’m sure most Bucs fans would be too. Fitzgerald has consistently been awesome on a bad team sans a few playoff years. Seems he really would be an insurance policy if/when Sullivan takes a HC job somewhere in the future.

  3. BigMacAttack Says:

    Went to Lightning Fan Fest, good times, hockey next weekend. Note to Glazers: the new big screen is awesome! Open Practice players look good.

    Go Bolts!!!

  4. BigMacAttack Says:

    Ian Gl&RDP, why don’t you change that stupid screen name. Really, what compels you???

    Sorry but it isn’t cute.

  5. SeanyMac in SC Says:

    Joe, this was just on my mind. I wonder if Sully does leave, would McNulty be offered the OC position instead? I would like to see Sully stay, but getting a HC gig in Shy Town would be a nice paycheck. It seems by the lack of news that the vacant CHI HC position is holding up other interviews at One Buc Place. Panther lost their OC just the other day.

  6. JonBuc Says:

    Make him assistant head coach….not sure the Bucs have one?

  7. Joe Says:

    @SeanyMac – Schiano surely would get to pick his OC. He wanted McNulty last year, so you’d think he’d go that way. Hard to say, though. No clue what kind of offense McNulty feels comfortable in. Then again, Schiano could just tell him what to do. 😉

  8. Jim Says:

    Hire McNulty NOW and if Sully leaves perhaps promote him to OC.

  9. Ian's Gay Lisp & Ron's Drinking Problem Says:

    @ BigMacAttack <—- neither is "BigMacAttack" …..sounds like u eat McDonalds every day

  10. BigMacAttack Says:

    IGLRDP, at least I’m not insulting radio personalities that don’t deserve it. Ron Diaz has been on the air forever. He’s well liked and I’ve never heard him say a bad word about anyone. Ian is opinionated but he’s not a bad guy either. I just find it so insulting. My screen name may be different but it isn’t offensive.

    If you want to be a dick, like some others here, be a dick. You guys bring others down. And rest assured, you’re a Dick!

  11. Saskbuco Says:

    Will be a very good hire, Fleck was a great WR coach and everyone was all over the hire last summer as he was 1st member of the coaching staff I believe. Fleck turned out to be a great hire, Cooper and Turner not as much any thoughts on who the bucs could look at or even hire to replace those 2??

  12. Ian's Gay Lisp & Ron's Drinking Problem Says:

    @BigMacAttack <—- you are too emotional (get those estrogen levels checked) **Flips hair then rolls eyes**

  13. Saskbuco Says:

    What do bucs fans think or know about QB coach John Ramsdell former SD QB coach and Ron Meeks as a DB coach?? A couple names that I think would be good hires what does bucs nation think?

  14. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    Have you heard any rumors of the organization going after Ohio St. Co-Defensive Coordinator & Assistant Head Coach -Everett Withers. He worked with Butch Davis at North Carolina for 4yrs. Also did a great job as defensive backs coach with the Tennessee Titans under Jeff Fisher (2001-06).

    Also, I know that we’ve attempted to talk to 49er’s defensive line coach Jim Tomsula. To fill our defense coaching position prior to the season. Do you thing that after the season; that we will go after him again?

  15. BigMacAttack Says:

    Ian’s, I just thought you were really a cool dude and might do it to be nice. I won’t mention it again. I’m a Ron Diaz fan, guess its obvious.

    I like Tomsula too

  16. SacBucs Says:

    Im back lil bia’s….I told u lil girls i aint leaving… Im back just to throw insults.. No more football talk maggots..Yall drew first blood…

  17. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    Jim Tomsula, would be a great addition

  18. PRBucFan Says:

    lol there he goes again

  19. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Jim Tressel, Mike Martz, Cam Cameron or Jim Zorn; would make some good options for the next quarterback coach as well

  20. Mr Lucky Says:

    He better be the receivers coach.

    Qualifications for QB coach need the following:

    1. Needs to have a psychology degree to deal with nutcase
    2. Needs to be a magician to get Freeman to become an accurate passer

  21. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Typically someone who’s had experience playing, not only in college, but beyond college, can do a much better job of coaching the position. That’s why I listed Jim Zorn. But you can’t dismiss the job Cam Cameron did with Philip Rivers, Drew Brees and most recently Joe Flacco.

  22. Macabee Says:

    Because of the playoff results this weekend, we are guaranteed to have one more pro bowl player. As first alternates, if the 49ers win, Martin will replace Frank Gore. If Atlanta wins Vincent Jackson would replace Julio Jones. Bottom line one of them gets in. If somebody gets hurt or opts out both could get in. New rules since the Pro Bowl is played before the Super Bowl. Congrats to one of them for sure!

  23. PRBucFan Says:

    Nice, I hope Martin gets it

  24. DanTheMan Says:

    I’m totally fine with Sullivan leaving. He had Vincent Jackson, Doug Martin, Mike Williams, and Dallas Clark… yet was shut out by the Saints. He’s easily replacable.

  25. BucFan20 Says:

    Atlanta I would almost bet does not get by a Rookie QB next week. One that knows when to run and how to throw a short pass.

  26. BigMacAttack Says:

    Kaepernick (sp) is crazy good, was on a mission and if he keeps that up may be unbeatable. Harbaugh has quite a machine in San Fran. They will be very hard to beat especially with that defense.

  27. PRBucFan Says:

    He’s a second year and yes I agree.

    He can do more than just throw a short pass. 😉

  28. BucFan20 Says:

    Second year makes someone else we know look even worse. But he is also not even a full second year starter.

  29. Marques Says:

    Old news Joe…only about 2 weeks late….I reported Dec 31 he was going to be the first coach hired this off season…and your giving Pete Rousell the credit ? You’re better than that Joe !

  30. PRBucFan Says:

    Just pointing out he’s not a rookie

  31. Joe Says:


    Anything is on the table as far as who the Bucs may add to the coaching staff.

  32. Joe Says:


    Joe, this was just on my mind. I wonder if Sully does leave, would McNulty be offered the OC position instead?


  33. Joe Says:

    @Marques – Please don’t insult Joe. Obviously, the hardest of the hardcore Bucs fans know McNulty is a Schiano guy and is on the open market since he was fired with Arizona’s staff. THis post represents Joe’s first time introducing McNulty to his readers at a time when it’s become increasingly clear to Joe that McNulty likely is coming. Joe did not give Pete Roussel credit for anything. Joe merely mentioned that he spoke with Roussel and shared Roussel’s comments. Joe’s also spoken to folks in the Cardinals organization for more insight on McNulty.

  34. Oingo Boingo Says:

    Who the he!! Is a Ron Diaz fan? Bigoted freeloader. That show could
    be the worst in radio history.