Four More Offensive Coordinator Candidates Emerge

January 24th, 2023

“Andrew, I’ve been down this post-Arians road before.”

The Bucs have been busy this week trying to find the right guy to perform CPR on their struggling offense after they punted Byron Leftwich for crimes against good football.

The NFL Network ticker has been spitting out names all evening.

Joe was excited to see Pep Hamilton pop up as a potential hire. He had a top-rated passing game in Indianapolis with Andrew Luck for a stretch, and the dude just spent time under Lovie Smith in Houston. That’ll put any man’s football soul to the test. But the report said Hamilton turned down the Bucs’ overtures for an interview.

Former Bucs receiver Keenan McCardell (2002 and 2003) is expected to be interviewed by Tampa Bay. He’s been a receivers coach the past 12 seasons, currently with the Vikings. Can he call plays? Joe isn’t sure.

Also on the docket is Klint Kubiak, recently part of the coaching exodus in Denver. He called plays after head coach Nathaniel Hackett was fired in December. Yes, he’s the son of Broncos Super Bowl-winning head coach Gary Kubiak.

The younger Kubiak was the passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach in Denver during the 2022 season. He took over playcalling duties from former head coach Nathaniel Hackett before Hackett was fired with a couple of games left in the season.

And finally the report says the Bucs want to interview former Lions playcaller Jim Bob Cooter, who has been part of the revival in Jacksonville under head coach Doug Pederson.

Joe isn’t exactly excited by these names, though more are likely to emerge. Joe can’t envision Tom Brady wanting to play for one of these guys.

30 Responses to “Four More Offensive Coordinator Candidates Emerge”

  1. Tye Says:

    I can only think the reason for these boring prospects is because no one of quality want to have any part with Bowles!

  2. yar Says:

    Fired the wrong guy. Should have been Bowles.

  3. Tdub23 Says:

    Nope. He gone

  4. BashingBucs2520 Says:

    @yar you may be right. Seems like someone didn’t think this through.

  5. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Just finished my broadcast! Bowles fired yet??? No?


    No good OC is going to come with a coach on the hot seat. It would only be a one year gig. No security in that.

    Unless they promise to make him HC if Bowles gets fired…and I don’t think we want to go through that again.

  6. Todd Says:

    Told you so there not going to be good names under todd Bowles because they know he’s one year and done here most likely after this season.

  7. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Not for nothing, but we could also use a Defensive Coordinator. Dungy had one. Bowles should.

  8. Jerry Says:

    There is a reason the Glazers made ticket holders last year sign up for two years…. they knew 2023 was going to be REALLY bad.

  9. R.O. Says:

    Who the Bucs hire will not be one of the names leaked to the Media. Never has been.

  10. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I wonder if Brock Purdy will be on the trade block. I mean, how much could he really cost? I doubt he’ll get past the eagles in the playoffs, and he was the last pick of the draft.

    I’m not saying he’s going to be great…but if we roll with Trask, then Brock Purdy could be competition for him…and we might just land gold.

    I’m sure John Lynch would not rake us over the coals for him. We have two 7th rounders.

  11. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    R.O. Says
    “Who the Bucs hire will not be one of the names leaked to the Media. Never has been.”

    Yeah, I’m still not certain they do not fire Bowles. I suspect they are working behind closed doors to get someone better.

    If that’s the case, Bowles may get fired late on night and journalists will get pics of him loading his SUV.

    Keeping him is making it impossible to get a good OC.

  12. Jack Clark Says:

    “they punted Byron Leftwich for crimes against good football.”


  13. Tim Says:

    Oh they’ve gotta get Jim Bob Cooter. That name is awesome lol sounds like a NASCAR driver

  14. BucsFan81 Says:

    Pretty sure they are still paying Bruce Arians to sit in a office at one Buc. Just tell him he has to call plays and put him on the field. Not sure what the problem is.

  15. catcard202 Says:

    Only bottom feeders or previously failed guys with lesser titles other teams will consider Bucs.

    They can tell Bowles (& very likely the FO) are on the hot seat starting 2023 after underwhelming with TB12 & a better roster than 2020. (Per BA all pre-season/after Bowles took the HC gig)… While creating a cap situation that is handcuffing the organization in the post Brady near term.

    There’s no QB of mention. Half the WR & TE rooms are vacant. OL full of ??’s…The DEF looks decimated, while Barrett may not be Barrett post-achillies…Brate & Succop is as good as gone. Mason/Fournette/Vaughn may be a cap casualties as well…And the only way to even fill a NFC South competitive 53 in 2023 is to mortgage more future & hope like hell Mike Greenburg’s Cap Magic Wand is worthy.

    Bucs OC is not a great job right now. HC is not as attractive as it was in 2019. Even with JW3 being JW3…He was at least seen as a QB1 worth trying to build around (at the time) & the roster was seen as one on the cusp…Now?? Bucs have Trask, lots of holes, little cash & a ton of questions.

  16. The Beer Whisperer Says:

    I’m getting the impression, this whole process wasn’t thought out very well.

    There aren’t many offensive master-minds floating around there, named Jim Bob Cooter.

  17. Goatfarmer Says:

    My dog offering me a share of the turd he was about to eat gets me more excited than Toad’s list of has been but yet to be future failures.

    Why not just let some random homeless person a chance to call plays formthe next two years.

  18. LastDance Says:

    Pep knows he doesn’t want to any of Bowels nonsense! Everyone else who is any good knows the same.

  19. Bobby M. Says:

    Bowles is looking at no-name OCs because he’s worried anyone with any resume will be threat. He’s perpetually focused on the “safe” choice vs aggressively trying to win games.

  20. Crickett Baker Says:

    I’m still laughing at the depths which excite Goatfarm. Bowles gets another year and we gotta get over it and be extremely patient. Sooner or later we will have a new OC and DC and you can have at them to be fired. At least it will add some variety until Todd gets fired next year or performs miracles.

  21. A BUCS LIFE Says:

    Bucs you might as well just fire Bowles now instead of wasting the whole 2023 season with the wack OCs he has lined up! C’mon this guy couldn’t even game plan during the season, how do you expect this guy to game plan for a top tier OC . Straight garbage!!!

  22. Goatfarmer Says:

    Homeless person > Bowels

    Carp > Blowzo

    Broccoli > Blowes

    Any of them available?

  23. Conte Piscatelli Says:

    No top shelf coordinator will come to Tampa without knowing who their quarterback will be, or at least knowing they will be picking their quarterback in the draft. This is there guys careers and they don’t want to risk it on maybe I get to coach a declining Brady, knowing that if he does play well, all the credit will go to Brady.

  24. Allbuccedup Says:

    Bradys mystic finally wore out. If he comes back or not we don’t make the playoffs with Bowles.

  25. Manny Says:

    I say frank reich babyyyy!!!! Umd alum and the best college game comeback ever and the best nfl game comeback, at least in the playoffs

  26. Daniel Says:

    Specific to Kubiak, aside from his last name, what exactly qualifies him to be an OC? Denver had a pitiful offense last year.

  27. Winky Says:

    Recognizing the lame duck possibility, I wonder if the organization is entertaining the possibility of changing the head coach, too. Tricky little pickle they find themselves in

  28. Allbuccedup Says:

    All you Glazer lovers acknowledge what Jerry says as you watch the Bowles circus show at $500 a seat on your second year tickets.

  29. Bradinator Says:

    McCardell is a sharp guy. He has coached some very good WRs. Who knows if he can cal plays though. Kubiak actually has experience and he can’t be blamed for the dumpster fire in Denver. After he took over they improved. They were competitive late in the season, but their top RB was lost for season early, their #2 back couldn’t stop fumbling, Their #3 WR lost before the season started. Pro Bowl LT lost for the season early, as well as 2 other lineman. Add in that Wilson only put in a half effort, you get the picture. Let’s be clear all the “top O-coordinators” are already on GOOD teams. They are not available.

  30. garro Says:

    Joes.. they are gonna have a hard time attracting anyone worth a crap after the mess Bowles has made. And I hate it. Yeah give Bowles another year with a new OC who’s hands are tied by the HC. Yeah that will work out just fine (said with much sarcasm)!!!