Bucs To Interview Ken Dorsey For Offensive Coordinator

January 26th, 2024

Another interview lined up by Todd Bowles.

Fired midseason by the Bills after impressive success there and with Carolina, Ken Dorsey is on the Buccaneers’ radar to replace former offensive coordinator Dave Canales.

Dorsey, the former NFL backup QB, was Cam Newton’s quarterback coach for a long stretch with the Panthers. Then he went up to Buffalo to work with Josh Allen, landing there as QB coach in Allen’s second season and then getting promoted to playcaller in 2022.

Bills had the NFL’s No. 2-ranked offense in 2022.

Adam Schefter of BSPN reported the Bucs would be lining up an interview with Dorsey. Like Todd Bowles, Dorsey, 42, started his post-playing career as a scout before transitioning into coaching.

54 Responses to “Bucs To Interview Ken Dorsey For Offensive Coordinator”

  1. Allbuccedup Says:

    He would be a good hire also.

  2. D-Rome Says:

    It’s a relief to see the Bucs are very serious about finding a replacement. I don’t recall the last time the Bucs had 3 interviews scheduled so quickly after losing a coordinator.

  3. AL121976 Says:

    so we do not get any comp picks for losing Canales because he was only with us for one season, is that correct? thanks

  4. adam from ny Says:

    we’re gonna be ok…

    yeah canales “seems” to have a big upside…

    but there a lots of experienced guys out there…

    good to see brass is on it asap…

    we’ll be ok…canales is a puppy in the coaching ranks…

    and it’s ok for us to be a little pissed of at our former OC dave cantalones

  5. A Bucs Fan Says:

    @AL Yes it’s correct the Bucs will receive no additional picks.

  6. Jackson Lini Says:

    @AL If Canales was of a different hue, we would get compensation! That just doesn’t seem right!

  7. adam from ny Says:

    @Jackson Lini:

    if canales was the son of hue heffner we would get proper compensation !!


  8. gp Says:

    Jackson Lini
    That would be an incorrect statement.
    Troll somewhere else please.

  9. gp Says:

    Actually, THAT compensation would be leaving with him.

  10. Tampa Bayker Says:

    As much as some of these potential OCs look good, I’d still rather that they go with an offensive head coach.

  11. Popcorn Mike Says:

    Not getting excited about any of the OC candidates visiting Tampa this weekend. I was excited last year when Bowles brought in some big time coordinates including Monkins and he went with a no name OC which turn out to be decent but this year I am just gonna sit back and wait and see

  12. Curse of Gruden Says:

    Dorsey? No! Try again.

  13. defenserules Says:

    AL121976 … ‘so we do not get any comp picks for losing Canales because he was only with us for one season, is that correct?’

    As I understand it, that’s correct (per Adam Scheffer). Needed to be here a minimum of 2 years. Seems like an unfair rule though because the impact on the losing team is the same whether the OC or DC has been there for 1 year or 2 years.

    In any event, Tepper screwed us (and surely enjoyed it). Bucs lost a young OC after training him on-the-job for a year, plus we lose 2 3rd-Rnd comp picks in the process because he got hired by Panthers after only 1 year on the job. Far as I’m concerned, teams shouldn’t be able to poach until OC or DC has 2 years with their team. Write it into the contract; no exceptions.

  14. sasquatch Says:

    All of the guys they’re scheduling for interviews are qualified candidates, most with playcalling experience in successful offenses. What the f**k are you waiting to see to get excited about? Arguably, the names we’re looking at are far more accomplished than last year’s group. Complain much?

  15. cometowin2 Says:

    One of the Joes previously said we would get 2 – 3rd round picks in the next two drafts. One each year. Has that changed?

  16. gp Says:

    He also corrected that article with an apology.
    The rules require a two year stay at the original club to be eligible.

  17. cometowin2 Says:


  18. D-Rok Says:

    D-Rome Says:
    January 26th, 2024 at 4:31 pm
    It’s a relief to see the Bucs are very serious about finding a replacement. I don’t recall the last time the Bucs had 3 interviews scheduled so quickly after losing a coordinator.

    Thanks to Licht and Spytek et al. They must have had potential OC’s on speed-dial.

  19. heyjude Says:

    I am excited about the fact that the Bucs are moving so quickly on this too. Nice surprise.

  20. Buc4evr Says:

    Like I said, Canales is no big loss . The Bucs can do better.

  21. HC Grover Says:

    Bucs are dazed and confused.

  22. Tye Says:

    Hopefully the next OC will be well prepared to become the Bucs next HC!

  23. Lakeland Steve Says:

    If they hire Dorsey or anyone outside of Canales coaching tree the Bucs will learning a new offense again next year. Which means it will take half a year before they are all on the same page.

  24. Allbuccedup Says:

    Food for thought the Glazers(Malcolm) fired Dungy after a 2-4 playoff record reason he didn’t believe Dungy could get them to the superbowl. Bill Parcells jilted them at the alter and paid the raiders a kings ransom to get Gruden. With all the potential head coaches still out there including Belichick(whos washed up) and Pete Carroll, who I didn’t know gave Licht his first NFL job, that still can coach a playoff team.

  25. Marky Mark Says:

    Good one. Interview van pelt

  26. catcard202 Says:

    So, Bowles wants to interview the guy the Bills fired, while the Bills want to interview a guy already on the Bucs staff….I think that speaks volumes about Bowles decision making.

  27. DungyDance Says:

    What is going on in Atlanta? They don’t hire Belichick, presumably because he wanted full control. But now McKay is being relieved of day-to-day team matters. Huh?

  28. Allbuccedup Says:

    Time for a change Bowles will never get this team to the superbowl much less the nfc championship. Our time is getting limited Big Mike is 30 David has got about one good year left its time to go for the gusto offer Zac Robinson the money and get Pete Carroll here for a short contract to get us back to the superbowl.

  29. The Daily Coroner Says:

    Ken Dorsey coached to heavy-run quarterbacks – Baker Mayfield not!
    Coached Cam Newton – how did that work out for Cam Newton -not!
    Fired mid season -not!

  30. HC Grover Says:

    Bucs are in complete confusion. Breakdown.

  31. OlBoy Says:

    This is what leadership with a lack of vision looks like. It’s like a continuous plugging of holes around here.

  32. Jack Clark Says:

    Nobody wants to hire Bill Belichick’s sorry as 🤣

  33. Jack Clark Says:

    Todd Bowles should hire Bill Belichick as his new defensive coordinator so he can focus more on being a head coach 😂

  34. SB~LV Says:

    I feel like a lotto ball …
    Such an unsettling feeling… years now

  35. Allbuccedup Says:

    Zac Robinson Pete Carroll = superbowl!!!!! Bowles OC plus Todd Bowles = toilet bowl

  36. Captain Dan Lawrence Says:

    Van Pelt!

  37. Buc4evr Says:

    Bucs are interviewing Kellen Moore on Monday. Think Zac Robinson would be a good fit.

  38. David Says:

    Do not like this any better than Moore and Johnson.
    Dorsey, Moore, and Johnson all had very potent offenses that stalled for several weeks under them and were horrific. It’s why they all got fired.
    I think Moore is the worst case because he is absolutely clueless when it comes to running the ball.
    Johnson succeeded simply because he had a running quarterback but he could not figure out a passing game.
    Dorsey was no good with the run and never had any kind of consistency. They got rid of him and won every game down the stretch to take the division, racking up the points.

    There has got to be better options

  39. GhostofBrady Says:

    Lazy stats. The Bills had the 2nd ranked offense. Yeah that’s because their fullback of a quarterback led the team in rushing and passing. Unless we turn Trask into Tim Teebow or grab Justin Fields from Chicago, I don’t see a fit here for Dorsey.

  40. David Says:

    My first pick was Brian Greise. I know he’s only coached two years, but he was a quarterback for a long time behind Elway and on his own. The two years he’s been a QB coach, he’s turned the last pick of the NFL draft into an MVP candidate and is going to his second NFC championship game.
    I don’t know if he has a hand in playcalling, but even if he doesn’t he has to have learned something from Shanahan in that realm and I would take a chance on him over the three guys we’ve heard mentioned with the Buccaneers.

    The problem is San Fran does not have an OC and if they really want to keep him they can move him to that position as bait.
    Because of Todd Bowles age, I would imagine Tampa would be a quicker steppingstone towards HC though

  41. Dave Pear Says:

    I like getting the Rams guy who’s been cutting his teeth under McVay. And Baker must like him. Please Todd, don’t fork it up. Don’t prolong the obvious.

  42. BakerFan Says:

    PFWA Names Baker Mayfield as Most Improved Player of 2023 on Thursday….. surprise no one has mentioned it.

  43. Bucs Guy Says:

    Love the list so far – add 49er QB coach Brian Greise.

  44. Usfbucs Says:

    Happy to see they are lining up interviews. Seems to be more urgency this year than last.

  45. New Fan Land Says:

    @Adam from NY No, it isn’t ok to be mad at a guy for advancing his career along the path he chose. What a stupid thing to say.

  46. geno711 Says:

    David Says:
    January 26th, 2024 at 9:00 pm

    I think Moore is the worst case because he is absolutely clueless when it comes to running the ball.

    Why do you say that. 3 out of 4 years in Dallas he was top 10 running the ball. This year after he left, Dallas was worse running the ball.

  47. Bosch Says:

    So why should the Bucs get compensation? They could have kept Canales if they were willing to make him head coach. They chose to retain a weak liar instead.

    Seriously, who or what would the Glazers be if they had not been born into wealth?

  48. Marky Mark Says:

    Interview Van Pelt

  49. HomerSimpsonRocks Says:

    I’ll say it again Bucs let the wrong coach leave the building.

  50. Larrd Says:

    Immature hothead. Always overrated. No thanks!

  51. Buckeyebuckchuck Says:

    Klint Kubiac. And dont you dare let Thad walk, he’s going to be a great OC with a couple years more experience

  52. Buckeyebuckchuck Says:

    Van Pelt? Please. He was part of the brain trust that didn’t shut Baker down in 2021. No thanks, he has no nuggets

  53. Sue Says:


    Let Dave Canales go. He will show his colors. He wasn’t that good.

    I trust JL. Hey. he hired Tom Brady. He hired Bruce Arians. He hired Baker Mayfield on an amazing deal. We have a great GM and great owners. I’m not worried. They want to win, too!

    IRa is right. The Canales Benedict move will not sit well with Bucs fans. It is going to fire us up!

  54. steele Says:

    Like many, I have never been a huge fan of Rah Rah Canales, who deserves credit for that rah rah energy, which translated into more enthusiasm from a locker room that was in a quiet quitting mode the season before.

    But he is a newbie who had a lot to learn as an OC, and it showed. Bolting to Carolina, he’s getting ahead of himself, and Carolina will pay for it, and Bucs will benefit. (And the Falcons taking Raheem Morris instead of Belichick is another mistake that will haunt them, and help the Bucs. The division will remain the weakest in the NFL!)

    The main problem remains Todd Bowles. The longer he remains, the longer this team will remain mired at .500 level or worse.

    The OC decision is going to be another test for Bowles. Does he find a yes man instead of a genius? And we are facing a QB question once again, no matter what. Mayfield is still a question mark, a gunslinger who still hasn’t demonstrated consistency or a reliable level. And of course, the Trask contingent is back out in force now that it’s the offseason.