Jim Caldwell & The Bucs

December 20th, 2018

It’s no secret that Father Dungy eagerly was selling Chip Kelly as a stellar NFL head coach candidate when the Bucs were in the market back in 2012.

Dungy had gotten to know Kelly and his football operation well while Dungy’s son played under Kelly at the University of Oregon. And it’s a rather safe bet that Dungy’s endorsement is a big reason why Team Glazer was ready to hire Kelly before he jilted the Bucs and ran back to Oregon.

Obviously, Team Glazer is again in the market for a head coach. And perhaps they’re asking WWTD? — What would Tony do?

Joe’s guessing there’s a strong chance Father Dungy would recommend his good friend with a Super Bowl ring and a winning head coaching record, Jim Caldwell. Lions fans are loudly missing him this season after he was fired following back-to-back 9-7 seasons in Detroit.

Caldwell, 63, wouldn’t get many Bucs fans excited, but it’s hard to call him a bad candidate. If you want to ignore his success with Peyton Manning in Indianapolis, Joe would understand. But Caldwell moved on from the Colts to win a Super Bowl ring calling plays for Joe Flacco, and then he had three winning seasons out of four in Detroit.

Joe could envision a scenario in which Team Glazer has Caldwell as, say, its third choice to be the next Buccaneers head coach. And sometimes those guys get hired.

57 Responses to “Jim Caldwell & The Bucs”

  1. Kalind Says:

    My response was like that of Michael Scott when he learned Toby Flenderson was returning

  2. Buc believer Says:

    YAWN!!! Of course Dungy supports him they are two peas in a pod… 9-7 every year and then done. A Dungy clone.

  3. Tampabaybucfan Says:


  4. JP_09 Says:

    Pay Bill Cowher what he wants to run all football operations. Let him make decisions on the new GM and coaching staff. That’s the only hire and football decision the glazers should make

  5. VFL98 Says:


  6. miken Says:

    please n0

  7. Jack Burton Mercer Says:

    Who’s been calling plays these last few games?

  8. johnnybuc Says:

    lmaooooo y’all are trippin

  9. Kobe Faker Says:

    “1st move is to get the right GM to bring in the talent…

    Why start backwards?”

    Kobe Faker

  10. Cobraboy Says:

    No. No. No.

    Dungy endorsed Chip Kelly? Chip Kelly was an NFL disaster!

    I do not understand the Messiah-like worship of Tony Dungy. He was the luckiest coach in the history of the NFL. Sam Wyche built the foundation of the Bucs Dungy took over. Bill Polian built the Colts, not Tony Dungy.

  11. Duthsty Rhothdes Says:

    KaLind……..YOU WIN FOREVER……..i mean if caldwell does come here maybe we get to find out toby WAS the scranton strangler


  12. Mort Says:

    Interview Rich Bisaccia. You guys want former special teams coordinator John Harbaugh, why not interview this dude instead? He has been great everywhere he’s been. Including here.

  13. Loyaltotheend Says:

    Bucs haven’t been to the playoffs in 11 years but fans bash Chip Kelly and Caldwell?

    Chip Kelly started his Philly career off with back to back 10 win seasons

    Caldwell had winning seasons in 3 of his 4 seasons in Detroit and went to the playoffs

    If the new coach had that kinda success here fans would build him a statue

  14. AlteredEgo Says:

    Father Dungy also liked Clyde Christianson

  15. Dooshlarue Says:

    Ummm…….. no.
    This dude just doesn’t have it.

  16. Bob in Valrico Says:

    Mort, I liked him as a coaching candidate before he left the team. He may have burned a few bridges after he left. He didn’t exactly go quietly.

  17. Mr Lucky Says:

    Ask yourself this important question:
    Would you rather have Koetter, a know entity with a back record or
    Would you rather take a chance with a proven winner in Caldwell?

    Before you answer ask yourself this – were you in favor of canning Gruden and begining the current Buc slide the past 11 years?

  18. Waterboy Says:

    62-50 overall as a head coach, 36-28 as the head coach in Detroit. I never thought about Caldwell but that’s an intriguing candidate.

  19. down in the dirt Doug Says:

    A big AMEN Kobe faker–except we probably should get a president of football operations first.

  20. Duthsty Rhothdes Says:

    Outside the box thinking and one of the joes led with this idea is peyton manning as GM….love that idea it can no where be worse than what the bucs have had the past 10 years….i want saban 100% as GM/HC…but peyton manning would be an immediate win for this franchise…as far as HC I am sure he would attract better than retreads like caldwell or a jeff fischer

  21. OneBucPerson Says:

    @Mort I wouldn’t hate that to be honest, he’s been a long time assistant HC (when he was with us and in Oakland now) and is a no nonsense kinda guy. Give him a decent staff I’d be interested in seeing what he could do.

  22. Tampa Bay Demon Says:

    Jim Caldwell is a good man, but wow it would be a little tough to get excited about it.

    We need someone with more passion, fire and fresh creativity.

  23. Jim Says:

    From a Bucs perspective, 9-7 sounds damn good…

  24. AlteredEgo Says:

    Cobra..agree about lucky TD….Manning saved Dungy’s coaching legacy…not a slam on Tony…..how would Don Shula have been with out back to back…Griese and then Marino ?

  25. bucfan999 Says:


  26. Joel Says:

    I’d kill someone to go 9-7 year after year.

  27. Joel Says:

    Bucs hiring Caldwell actually makes a lot of sense. And no franchise has hired more black head coaches than the Bucs.

    Oh – and there’s a bit of a pattern…


    See if you can guess the pattern…

  28. gracelivin Says:

    I would still like to take a look at the Bears Defensive Coordinator Vic Fangio and a good young Offensive Coordinator that would put some motion into the offense. But I like how the Bears play defense.

  29. Defense Rules Says:

    @JP_09 … “Pay Bill Cowher what he wants to run all football operations. Let him make decisions on the new GM and coaching staff. That’s the only hire and football decision the glazers should makePay Bill Cowher what he wants to run all football operations. Let him make decisions on the new GM and coaching staff. That’s the only hire and football decision the glazers should make.”

    Agree 100% JP that hiring SOMEONE to run all football operations is “the only hire and football decision the glazers should make”. BUT … Bill Cowher’s been out of the game for quite awhile. Very likely not the best choice for a position that would demand excellent contacts throughout the NFL. LOTS of other highly-qualified ‘executive-types’ out there with more current credentials.

    @Kobe … ““1st move is to get the right GM to bring in the talent … Why start backwards?” Agree that’s the first move Kobe AFTER the Glazers pick a real pro to oversee football operations for THEM.

  30. Mr Lucky Says:

    Has anyone thought about Josh Daniels? I know he didn’t do well in Denver but maybe HE could be the one to get Jameis on the right tract?

    Plus with Brady and Belechick not getting along maybe in time for Daniels to explore other options.

  31. Mr Lucky Says:

    What do people think of Mike McCarthy? I’d like to hear him…

  32. JP_09 Says:

    @ defense, I just think that Bill is well respected through the NFL and would attract the best GM and coaches.

  33. Rick Theil Says:

    Been a season ticket holder for 18 years if they hire Caldwell I am out They have the next head coach on there staff right now. Buckner the man just watch his press conference

  34. Buccernutter Says:

    Cobraboy. You can purchase the best ingredients but it takes a chef to make it a delicacy.

    He was much better than just lucky. SMH.

  35. Hodad Says:

    If he was 43 instead of 63, I’d be for it. We need new blood who can motivate this younger generation. He’s grandpa age.

  36. Bucs Fan #7423 Says:


    We seen what the Bucs do when that don’t have an aggressive disciplinary leader…

    They throw dinner parties after losing games

  37. FortMyersDave Says:

    Mr Lucky: subtract Aaron Rodgers from Mike McCarthy and you probably have a coach who has team that is losing games a year rather than winning 10 plus. I would take a pass on that retread. If you want a retread, go after Riverboat Ron if the new Carolina owner decides to jettison him after they lose to the Falcons this weekend and runs the Panther L streak to a lucky 7…………

  38. Loyaltotheend Says:

    @Rick- Buckner? Ha ha ha OMFG how idiotic is this fanbase???!

    Tell me what Buckner has done to warrant a HC job?
    What defense has he coordinated to a top 10 finish?
    He can’t even get his unit to dominate or perform consistently


  39. FortMyersDave Says:

    Mcacrthy sans Rodgers results in a Pack that is losing 10 games a year rather than winning 10 plus a year….. Typo above….

  40. 813bucboi Says:


    i agree….

    folks were ready to build a statue when dirk went 9-7…..and some want to bring him back after going 5-11 last year while it looks like he’ll be going 5-11 this year….lol….

    jim caldwell wouldnt be a bad choice….still think we should go younger….

    and folks act like “good coahces” grow on trees….lol….the good coaches are already locked up with other teams…..


  41. tmaxcon Says:

    Hiring Caldwell will result in the same failed results that dungy the clown and lovie dovie produced…. man those religious hypocrites have stolen some owners cash with very very bad results… pays to play god card… you get a feee pass to fail

  42. Bucamania Says:


  43. upthegut Says:

    Tony Dungy is the LAST person I would ask for a recommendation.
    (See Lovie Smith)
    Let’s get some fresh thinking and forget Dungy who is way over rated.

  44. DDayOnePaul Says:

    Dingy was a third choice candidate when he came here.

  45. Bucsfanman Says:

    It is funny that Buc fans hold their nose up over coaches with winning records. Not that I would want Caldwell. A few days ago I mentioned McCarthy and people were kicking and screaming about how “bad” he is/was.
    I’d take McCarthy and Caldwell any day over the absolute garbage we’ve had over the years. What’s our winning percentage again?! Yea, laughable!

  46. Dooshlarue Says:


    Nice observation about the Glazer’s hiring pattern.
    I’ve made that same observation for the last year or so right here.

  47. Onetrickpony Says:

    Bingo Joel on the pattern.
    We are screwed if thats the only
    criteria for picking a coach,which it seems to be.

  48. Eric Says:

    OMG please no.

  49. MHBuc25 Says:

    LOL Caldwell. So Father Lovie Smith didn’t reign in the boys but Father Jim Caldwell will reign them in huh? This site is becoming The Onion, bad times for Tampa Bay professional football. Here’s a tip to win again, clean the ENTIRE house. QB, veterans, and GM. Find players that want to build THE WAY like 1995 and you’ll win again, you’ll win with Erik Kramer at QB.

  50. TOM Says:

    Need some young NFL coach. God almighty people. No Caldwell. And by all means no overrated Dungy for anything. No Jim (can’t beat OSU) Harbaugh. Maybe John. Do like Fangio. Maybe keep Monken & Duffner. HC call.

  51. Tampa Bay Demon Says:

    Yea, no offense Joel, but Dooshlarue has had that pattern nailed down on JBF for awhile now lol

  52. uckinator Says:

    tmaxcon – Agree whole heartedly ! Love Dungy. Met him personally and loved the man. But, no way he should be in the Hall of Fame. The same holds true throughout society. It should be earned; not given.

  53. SOEbuc Says:

    Agreed with the Dungy BS. And I consider Monte as one of the best DC in NFL history building the Tampa 2. Never hear his name when people wanna talk about “Dungy’s great defense.”

  54. jerseybuc Says:

    Please no.

  55. Matts17 Says:

    Good God NO!

  56. Jean Lafitte Says:

    Can you say “First year head coach” or “washed up veteran head coach”. This is what we’ll get after all the other vacancies have filled before us. Anyone care to take an early stab at predicting next years record?

  57. BuccYa Says:

    Agree with loyal. Buckner hasn’t proved spit to me with the 50 mil D line he’s overlooking.