The Buccaneers And Dan Quinn

November 29th, 2023

Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn.

Buccaneers fans across the globe are wondering who will be their team’s head coach next season.

The team is 4-7 and stinking worse than Ira Kaufman’s socks after a July morning on the tennis court. Todd Bowles also sounds like a head coach fishing for answers. The chorus of his favorite song is “we have to play it better and we have to coach it better.”

So Joe is busy exploring who might take over the Bucs if Bowles can’t shock the world and win the final six games of 2023, or at least five. (What a feeling that would be!) But that’s about likely as Joe running a 5K race or Kaufman giving up ice cream. Possible? Yes. Likely? Hell no.

What about Dan Quinn as the next Bucs head coach?

Joe is not endorsing Quinn, but he is a candidate worth studying on multiple fronts.

First, the former Falcons head coach brings a winning record to the table, 43-42 in the regular season and 3-2 in the playoffs. That’s very hard to find on the open market.

Second, the 53 year old Quinn spent two years as Pete Carroll’s defensive coordinator in Seattle, where he won a Super Bowl and then was hired by Atlanta. So that means Quinn worked with current Bucs offensive coordinator Dave Canales.

If Team Glazer likes Canales and has interest in retaining him to groom a rookie quarterback, then perhaps Quinn would be interested in pairing with Canales. Joe has talked to Quinn 1-on-1 multiple times in past years and he’s one of the nicest dudes walking in NFL circles. He also seems like a fit with Canales’ high-energy, positive personality.

Yes, Quinn screams retread defensive coach, but he did get his first team to a Super Bowl and the Cowboys defense went from ugly to damn good once Quinn arrived in 2021.

Would Team Glazer interview Quinn? A solid maybe.

98 Responses to “The Buccaneers And Dan Quinn”

  1. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Nope. Keep thinking.

  2. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    If I was facing a choice between Quin, Morris or Bill Belichick, I would have to go with Bill…and I don’t want him either.


    That’s the ticket…if Licht can convince him…and I believe he can.

  3. realistic-optimistic Says:

    He’s just like Bowles. Decent DC, bad HC. Pass

  4. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I get the impression that Joe is grinning as he types these suggestions…looking forward to reactions 😉

  5. Cho Says:

    No. Let’s bring in a young, offensive minded HC from a proven, winning system. Maybe OCs/QB coaches from SF, PHI, MIA, CIN, BAL?

  6. Max Says:

    he’s basically bowles but he actually took a team to the superbowl, but still a pass for todays nfl

  7. bob in valrico Says:

    Rich Bisaccia, 21 years experience, already an assistant head coach and special team coordinator at Green bay. Ravens Harbaugh had a similar background and has bee highly successful. He is a well respected coach everywhere he has been.

  8. David Says:

    He is another trash coach. We also don’t need to draft another qb. Todd B. and Baker will make sure we will have a low draft pick by winning another two games. Drafting a qb is a crap shoot at best.
    Why would you even bother to draft a qb high in draft when we havn’t played our own high draft qb, Trask.
    Hire Brian Johnson from Eagles to work with his college qb, Trask. At the minimum, we will easily win this sorry division next year with a chance going to NFC Championship game next year.

  9. Panhandle Buc Says:

    I 2nd Rich Bisaccia! Bring him back to his NFL roots!

  10. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    bob in valrico Says: “Rich Bisaccia”

    Didn’t he get a shot at being a head coach at some point?

  11. Jack Clark Says:

    “So Joe is busy exploring who might take over the Bucs if Bowles can’t shock the world and win the final six games of 2023, or at least five. Joe is not endorsing Quinn, but he is a candidate worth studying on multiple fronts.”

    Come on Joe, we don’t need any more defensive minded head coaches, our team is much more exciting to watch and wins super bowls when we have an offensive minded head coach. Dann Quinn was only good on the Falcons because his offensive coordinator was the offensive genius Kyle Shanohan. The falcons have been trash ever since Kyle Shanohan left to become the 49ers head coach. Why not endorse a two time super bowl winning offensive coordinator like Eric Beienemy? He turned around the Washington Commanders offense in one season and they have much less talent on offense than we do.

  12. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    oh, Rich Bisaccia was not a head coach!

    Wow. I would have thought he’s have gotten the shot. He was all the rage years ago.

  13. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    He was interim HC after Gruden was fired.

  14. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    “On October 11, 2021, Bisaccia was named the interim head coach of the Raiders following Gruden’s resignation.[14] On October 17, 2021, Bisaccia made his head coaching debut against the Denver Broncos and he led the Raiders to a 34–24 win.

    Bisaccia led the Raiders to a 7–5 record, and qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 2016 after a win over the Los Angeles Chargers in the final week of the regular season.[15] Bisaccia became the first interim head coach since Bruce Arians with the 2012 Indianapolis Colts to lead his team to a postseason berth.” – Wiki

    Hmmmn…I actually would not mind this.

  15. WyomingJoe Says:

    I really don’t see why Baker can’t be the HC and start at QB as well.

  16. Jack Burton Mercer Says:

    Excellent defensive coach.

  17. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Jack Clark Says
    “Why not endorse a two time super bowl winning offensive coordinator like Eric Beienemy? He turned around the Washington Commanders offense in one season and they have much less talent on offense than we do.”

    I don’t think he turned around the Washington Commanders offense at all. They are barely scoring this year.

  18. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Quinn is a 4-3 guy, isn’t he? I mean, I do miss Tampa 4-3, but I’m skeptical that it can succeed still. We would need another DL guy.

  19. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I’m saying…if he became our DC…not HC.

  20. HC Grover Says:

    Iras socks can not possibly stink that bad.

  21. Conte Piscatelli Says:

    No, please not another failed Falcon.

  22. BucsFanSince76 Says:


  23. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    BucsFanSince76 Says:
    November 29th, 2023 at 4:55 pm



    Especially if he drafts a QB.

  24. DS Says:

    No thanks

  25. Bojim Says:

    Glazer ain’t going for a defensive coach. They haven’t had points for two years.

  26. DJ Says:

    Do not hire another defensive minded head coach! Been there, done that. Both superbowls were won with coaches who focused on offense.

  27. Pewter power Says:


    When you’re up 28-3 at halftime in a Super Bowl and you lose it says a lot about the head coach. Bowles already beats beat up like that

  28. FlumundaCheese Says:

    No thanks. Give me an offensive minded coach. Both super bowl wins came under offensive head coaches and the league continues to move in that direction. Keep the Lovies, Raheem, Herms and Dan Quinn too.

  29. Capeceiskaput Says:

    Dan Quinn. Such an ugly thought. Usually I am a hard no on retreads. I would only consider two and they are currently still employed. Mike Vrabel and Sean McDermott. Vrabel is getting and has been %$#!#$ by his MGMT/GM. McDermott is up against some drama on that team that I think is bringing that whole team down. He needs a fresh start. No better place than warm, sunny Tampa. My fear is the formula. The only formula for the Bucs ownership that has worked is to make a bold move. 1st it was trading for Gruden. 2nd it was getting BA out of retirement and then signing Brady. Almost 20 years in between those bold moves. This current group needs more than a bold move. Only chance is the draft next year. Hit on the next Mahomes, whomever that may be, hopefully Penix Jr. Drake Maye or Jayden Daniels. Any of those 3 and I would be a happy boy.

  30. Kalind Says:

    Stop promoting another defensive coach. This day and age defensive coaches struggle mightily to maintain long term success. If they hire a quality OC, and they run a top shelf Offense, they’re gone after their first successful season. But a quality offensive coach can continue to outscore a revamped defense. The league is SET UP FOR OFFENSIVE SUCCESS. Stop swimming against the current

  31. UKBuccaneer Says:

    I know Gru was an offensive minded coach, but his offense was statistically weaker than Dungy’s prior.

    Gru is a career .500 guy who found himself in the right place at the right time.

  32. Knucknbuc Says:

    lol Joe hates us with these prospective coaches articles he has. Lmao

  33. Leopold Stotch Says:

    No more defensive coaches!

  34. SB~LV Says:

    6 games?
    We have to endure 6 more games???

  35. CAbucsfan Says:

    What about the Sanders
    Prime as HC
    Shadaur QB

    That would shake up the NFL and make the Bucs instant media and national attention not to mention sellout each week at Ray Jay and all the “prime time” games……..

    Personally I wouldn’t want this sh*t show circus but if he can get top free agents and an all pro coaching staff it sure would be interesting.

  36. adam from ny Says:

    please joe………………

    do you remember him in atlanta

  37. Rod Munch Says:

    God no, not another defensive head coach that thinks it’s 1970 and you win by running the ball up the middle.

  38. bob in valrico Says:

    Bonzai, yes Mark Davis screwed the pooch, because he wanted a big name coach. What he got was 9-16 Josh McDaniels.

  39. Buccaneric Says:

    I hate the coaching carousel.

  40. Buccaneric Says:

    It’s probably time, and we know it, but damn. I haven’t missed it.

  41. xdptoddx Says:

    regardless of the logic, it’s really hard to get excited about this one.

  42. Pelsbuc61 Says:

    No more defensive coaches. Lovie also went to the Super Bowl. How’d that turn out for the Bucs. No need to retain Canales, either. Entire new staff is needed. Also replace a lot of players.

  43. realistic-optimistic Says:

    The more I dig into HC candidates, the more I like Slowik in HOU. He has worked with Kyle Shanahan for several years. In fact, he was on the same Mike Shanahan staff in WAS with Kyle, McVay, and McDaniel.

    Slowik has both defensive and offensive coaching experience (something Joe praised about Raheem). Color me intrigued.

  44. westernbuc Says:

    I don’t foresee a scenario where Todd Bowles is out of a job but Canales isn’t. If we show improvement and finish at least second in the division I’m fine with bringing both back

  45. Erik The Viking Says:

    Two Bucs Superbowls were won by offensive minded coaches.

    No more defensive head coaches. They are too conservative on offense.

    Teams that win have good defense and potent offense.

    Very few teams win on stellar defense alone. Matter of fact, none really.

    Flush the toilet Bowles.

  46. Tom horn Says:

    If you have to think about it, their probably not a good choice.

  47. Voice of Truth Says:


  48. WyomingJoe Says:

    You guys are just wasting your time. Bowles isn’t going anywhere after he wins the division and goes deep into the playoffs.

  49. jarrett Says:

    man forget head coach… who finna be the next franchise QB ??

  50. Jack Clark Says:

    Buccaneer Bonzai Says:
    November 29th, 2023 at 4:45 pm
    I don’t think he turned around the Washington Commanders offense at all. They are barely scoring this year.

    The Washington Commanders are ranked #10 in scoring touchdowns (28), #1 in passing yards (3339, and #6 in YPC rushing (4.5). And Eric Beineimy did all that in just one year with absolutely no talent or superstars on offense. Imagine what Eric Beineimy could do with a good quarterback … oh wait, he won 2 super bowls with Patrick Mahomes!

  51. ElioT Says:

    We need a young and upcoming head coach like Sirianni.

    Screw the old retreads.

  52. Bobby Says:


  53. BucsFan81 Says:

    Nope take another drink Joe. Who would want to keep Canales and his 17 points a game offense. Dan Quinn another good DC but bad head coach.

  54. Breadwinnerbob Says:


  55. Defense Rules Says:

    BucsFanSince76 … ‘HIRE HARBAUGH and WIN IN YEAR ONE’.

    Oh don’t we all wish that NFL football was that simple. Just hire a guy who coached for 4 years in the NFL and left 10 years ago (to coach at the college level) and whammo, you’ll be a winner Year 1. No need to be concerned with team’s talent level, salary CAP situation, nothing like that.

    Here we are … in NOVEMBER … talking about our present HC like he’s already been fired. All hope is lost; dead man walking. Coaching one of the youngest (aka, least experienced) teams in the NFL, a team with multiple injuries and very little DEPTH.

    o Also a team with the 4th lowest active CAP $$$ allocated to active players (only $130.0 mil), the most Dead CAP of any team ($79.1 mil). League average BTW is $160.1 mil, and only 5 of the 16 teams in that bottom half have a winning record (Eagles, 49ers, Texans, Colts & Browns) … and we’ve lost to 4 of them already.

    o A team with $175.0 mil salary CAP already committed to only 33 players next year, PLUS another $21.7 mil already committed for VOID years (past salary) to 6 players who’ll be FAs next year (ME13, LVD, Winfield, Mayfield, Gaines, Feiler) and will all need to be re-signed or replaced … at a cost on top of that $21.7 mil.

    o A team with 15 Unrestricted FAs next year, 6 of whom are experienced starters & several more of whom are key rotational players. But I’m sure that they’ll all be more than happy to give the Bucs a hometown discount to return.

    We’re staring at a mammoth mountain & there’s no way to go around it; it’s up & over or nothing. And once Todd Bowles & his coaching staff are fired, the only guy who’ll remain is the same guy responsible for creating that mammoth mountain. Yup, I’m sure that highly qualified HC-candidates are gonna line up 10-deep to assume command of this sh1tshow. Great way for any coach to commit hari-kari.

  56. Elite Vita Says:

    Make Harbaugh an offer he can’t refuse instead of Dan Quinn.

  57. SlyPirate Says:


    1. Offense – Offense – Offense
    Every top team in the NFL (KC, Detroit, LAR, Philly, Miami, Baltimore, SFO) has an offensive-minded coach.

    2. No Retreads
    Of the six aforementioned top teams, only one has been a head coach for a different team (Andy Reid).

    3. Don’t be Afraid of Youth
    Of the aforementioned top teams only two Head Coaches are over 50yo. The others are closer to 40. (Detroit 47, LAR 37, Philly 40, Miami 40, SFO 41)

    Any recommendation that doesn’t meet these criteria should be automatically dismissed as a bad recommendation. Quinn would fail in Tampa just like he did in Atlanta (and just like Bowles).

  58. DavidBigBucsFan99 Says:

    WynonaJoe has his nose so far up Faker Bayfield he says that Fakerboi should be HC and that Bowels will take the Bucs deep into the playoffs. Of course we know why a she says that!

    Rich Bisaccia would be a good choice, don’t even mind Rah IF he wants a great offense

  59. Duane in Sanford Says:

    Todd Monken looks better and better with every defensive retread suggestion.

  60. Fansince76 Says:

    I would be ok with It. Quinn or Monken seem like good options.

  61. Nick2 Says:

    Rex Ryan and Dan Quinn????? Omg noooooo. 43-42 is barely a winning record. I don’t think teams are lining up for either.

  62. Bobby Says:

    You guys want a young OC, How about Wes Phillips, OC for Vikings. Son of Wade Phillips too. Wes is 19-9 as an OC. Just throwing the name out there.

  63. Jeagan1999 Says:

    I know Coach Quinn…excellent defensive coach! Would need a good offensive play caller.

  64. Hammerhead Says:

    The Detroit Lions were coached by Wayne Fontes. He was a Tampa native. They were around a fifty/fifty team.

    The two NFL
    Super Bowl Championship are two teams that are undefeated are two teams?

    Of the two teams that are undefeated both have been won in Tampa. And another used to QB in Tampa.

    Tampa has a ton of Super Bowl History.

  65. Fred Says:

    Bring Gruden back.

  66. Popcorn Mike Says:

    As I keep saying, the Glazers will make a big splash for HC if they fire Bowles. Hope it’s not Harbaugh I like Harbaugh and he’s a hell of a coach but like Parcells every Harbaugh has been it’s been some type of chaos. Belichick is 71 so?????

  67. danang Says:

    ^ I second Fred.

  68. BucsFan2520 Says:

    Pass – but we all know the glazers love castoffs because they can save a few bucks when its time to put ink to pen.

  69. Mike Johnson Says:

    I’d go with Rah over Quinn.

  70. Statguy Says:

    Rich Bisaccia did amazing as interm HC and got a raw deal too

  71. Gipper Says:

    This kind of stuff is unfair to Coach Bowles. If team finishes 9-8, doesn’t make sense to fire Bowles. Belichick was not very effective with Browns for the first couple of years. Last year considered the greatest NFL head coach ever. This year he is considered an idiot who sportswriters want to fire. Not sure why anyone should pay attention to beer guzzling fans and journalism majors. Have a feeling both Bowles and Belichick know more about coaching than either group. Bucs have been in most games this year. Have a feeling best is in front of them for rest of season.

  72. Bobby M. Says:

    Would rather have Monkins….

  73. Ward Says:

    He has done with Daron Bland what Bowles dreamed of doing with Christian Izien

  74. Tom Says:

    oh , HELL NO… REALLY jOE

  75. Fire Goodell Says:

    After 28-3 the Falcons constantly kept blowing leads. So that’s a no for me, dawg.

  76. Pops Malone Says:

    No more defensive minded head coaches! No! No! No! Enough!

  77. BertoRican Says:


  78. FortMyersDave Says:


  79. TheMightyVH Says:

    Hey Joe – DQ a step up from Ryan and Ra Ra the Clown. Was never a fan of DQ in ATL but he did get the birds to the SB and he has done a great job in Dallas.

  80. BertoRican Says:

    FortMyersDave speaks the truth!

  81. FortMyersDave Says:

    Gipper; the Glazers demand progress. What we have seen under Bowles this season is an unaccountable team that is predictable and regressing. There are few adjustments in game, Bowles game planning is flawed and predictable. He is stubborn and unwilling to admit mistakes. He coddles players when they should be called out and/or benched. The dude does not know how to manage the clock and worst of all he coaches not to lose rather than win! In a nutshell unless Bowles somehow makes the playoffs, he is done and even if he gets in the playoffs he may have to win. Dungy got run for not being able to get past the Eagles and being too stubborn and he is a much better coach than Bowles. I think Todd is dead man walking….

  82. Sir Fresh Says:

    Get serious, write the and get Belichick and bring pocket qb back Brady.

  83. Zippy Foonman Says:

    Need someone with OC experience. Coaches from Philly, Miami, Detroit, Washington and LA Chargers could be viable.

  84. TheLaughingMan Says:

    Kellen Moore..nuff said

  85. Not Says:

    Another defensive HC to pair with a run first OC who Pete Carroll didn’t believe was worthy of being promoted to OC for over a decade ?
    Sounds like a BUCS set up for sure !

  86. Proudbucsfan Says:

    A lot of these comments on this post were written by drunks. Put the booze down 🤣

  87. Bring back the lawn chairs Says:

    Great idea Joe! Dan Quinn Makes perfect sense to this poster. I like it.

  88. Buc'n Enough Says:

    Todd Monken would be a great choice

  89. Jvato24 Says:

    I like Rich Bassacia

  90. Mike Alstott Jr. Says:

    offseason click bait is starting too soon NOOOOOO i dont want the season to end :/

  91. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Fred Says
    “Bring Gruden back.”

    I don’t really think he’s an option. I suspect he has been unofficially blacklisted.

  92. Jeff’s grandpa Says:

    Gaytor bois are funny

  93. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Jack Clark Says
    “The Washington Commanders are ranked #10 in scoring touchdowns (28), #1 in passing yards (3339, and #6 in YPC rushing (4.5). And Eric Beineimy did all that in just one year with absolutely no talent or superstars on offense. Imagine what Eric Beineimy could do with a good quarterback … oh wait, he won 2 super bowls with Patrick Mahomes!”

    I looked at the Washington Commanders record. Losing season, and they scored 20 or less most of the time.

    Certainly his offense is not that impressive.

  94. Conner50 Says:

    No enough with the defensive minded coaches. Need an offensive minded guru, kinda like one who has the “no risk it, no biscuit” mentality

  95. Another J Says:

    What a terrible hire that would be.
    1 win above .500 isn’t really a winning record.

  96. stpetebucfan Says:


    There will be plenty of time to continue what I consider an interesting debate with someone I truly respect. I agree with virtually everything you’ve posted other than the “mountain” we have to climb. I acknowledge all your valid points and concede perhaps I’m the cockeyed optimist.

    I simply do not wish to throw the baby out with the bathwater. DW45 is not going to get the $$$ from the Bucs he wants. He MAY get a great deal from another team but I suspect the Bucs have seen enough. LVD may be on his last leg..or groin muscle….so LB will be an issue unless Dennis is better than advertised. With LVD and DW45 gone that frees some salary.

    I love Shaq Barrett and feel for his off season tragedy but he’s gone as well and I hope he makes a lot of $$$$ from an AFC team.

    IMHO the two costly DB’s have talent but they lack a basic ability…”AVAILibility’.
    Every time either Davis or Dean makes a tackle you hold your breath to see if they’ll get up. Their replacements have improved significantly again IMHO.
    Those two may have to walk the salarly cap plank.

    Jensen is clearly gone if indeed the poor guy ever plays again anywhere.

    Bottom line for me…the blog pollyanna…I think Kancey is the real deal! I think some young DBs and even Palmer at WR have flashed on occasion as has the young TE Durham.

    AND frequently overlooked is the very best kicking game in the NFL!!! McClaughin may not be the best PK but he’s a very good kicker. And the Bucs clearly have the best punter in the game in Camarda. Too soon perhaps to compare him with Ray Guy but that’s who comes to mind because Camarda is a great weapon!

    IF…next year’s draft is as good as this past season all will be well. (fingers crossed) IF the Bucs do not hire the wrong coach and blow up the team and draft for a QB in the first round.

  97. Lost fan in Indiana Says:

    While the Rich idea is intriguing, I would love for the bucs to FINALLY give this man the shot he deserves.

    Eric Bieniemy

  98. Quezter Says:

    Get off the guys back!!! Sheesh!