No Stress For Dave Canales As He Interviews With Stinking Panthers

January 18th, 2024

Calm and collected.

Usually, for a huge job interview, it’s common to have some butterflies.

If Bucs offensive coordinator Dave Canales is sweating on the inside, he’s not letting it show on the outside.

Canales is expected to interview with the Stinking Panthers sometime this afternoon or this evening. Today during his weekly press conference, he explained what he did this morning to either relieve the stress or burn off energy.

Canales was not spotted at Bucs practice this morning. That’s because he was incognito. Asked if he was in Carolina this morning, Canales said in fact he was on the practice fields.

“I was playing the part of Chris Godwin,” Canales said with a wide smile about running wide receiver routes with his players. “I was one of the receivers in our minifield. Third-down progressions.”

Then, Joe’s good friend Rock Riley asked Canales if preparing to interview with the Stinking Panthers is taking away his focus on the task at hand: Getting the Bucs ready for the Lions in the divisional round of the playoffs.

Canales said there is zero distraction.

“Not at all,” Canales said about a possible lack of focus. “I think for me, the biggest thing is, your film is your resume.

“So, the biggest thing I can do is for any opportunities, is to focus on having another week like last week where we were in rhythm; a mix of the run and pass coming together. A full focus on the opponent. We have our hands full this week with a fantastic team going up to a great place. The fans are all fired up there.

“I just have to be locked in on that.”

Canales said he has been prepared for this interview for years. He said he learned working for Pete Carroll that all of his assistants need to be prepared to take a better job at any time because you never know.

“This is something I have been thinking about for a long time,” Canales said. “I have some stuff prepared that I have had for a couple of years.”

As for the Bucs, he is knee-deep in preparation. And no, Canales won’t be pressed into duty to take Godwin’s place at Ford Field on Sunday.

43 Responses to “No Stress For Dave Canales As He Interviews With Stinking Panthers”

  1. HC Grover Says:

    Not good. No like.

  2. elite bucs Says:

    go bucs. 6 playoff wins in 4 years??? LFG seasons not done yet. (I havent been early to a post in forever and had general thoughts to throw out)

  3. Jack Clark Says:

    Hopefully the Panthers hire him as their new head coach so he can force them to run the ball up the middle on first and second down 😂

  4. Capt.Tim Says:

    Couldnt wait a few weeks, til the end of the Season?
    Bucs should have refused Panthers access, until after the NFL season ends.

    You dont interview coaches, who’s teams are still playing!

  5. BakerFan Says:

    This is a position set up for failure, meddling owner with unrealistic expectations. He should not use this as anything but practice interviewing.

  6. cometowin2 Says:

    I hope we don’t lose him especially when he’s more 1st down flexible and is not running up the middle when it’s not working.

  7. Marine Buc Says:

    Sorry but I think it is complete BS that any coach can interview for any job if their team is still in the play-offs.

    I just don’t like it. I get it. But I don’t like it…

  8. BakerFan Says:

    This is a position set up for failure, meddling owner with unrealistic expectations. He should just use this as a practice interview.

  9. NE Fan Says:

    Sound familiar? DC Bowles 2021 interview the day before the Rams PO game!!! Nah, I doubt that distracted him, he had an impeccable game plan for the Rams. Let’s blitz the best QB in the league against the blitz with 28 seconds left and let the best WR in the league go uncovered to get in FG range. We’ll, he got his job at the expense of another Bucs SB sure looked like the Bucs had the momentum on their side.

  10. Bucsahoy Says:

    Letting this take priority over getting ready for the seasons biggest game so far??? Thats insane. It’s like he’s already checked out, thinks the season is over and he’s into the next thing. TERRIBLE coaching.

  11. RustyRhinos Says:

    Thank You, Pete Carroll!
    “Canales said he has been prepared for this interview for years. He said he learned working for Pete Carroll that all of his assistants need to be prepared to take a better job at any time because you never know.”

    Growing Team Culture. I think that it is great that Pete Carroll gave this type of lesson and preparation to all of his assistant coaches. Creating a Positive Focused team of coaches. Well done Coach Carroll. This may be a normal NFL HC coaching plan IDK. We now have a growing culture here in Tampa Bay! (thanks again Tom) With a young OC who grew up in a system that also was a great culture. I do not think Canales is going anywhere, yet. Yes, he has his pre-prepared plan he wants to present and how he will bring that plan across to other Owners and GM.

  12. Bucscoott Says:

    we should make him our next head coach before we loose him!

  13. NJbucs23 Says:

    I said it before I will say it again. Dave will be here 2 years max. So however long you are here Dave, excel !!!

  14. Timr Says:

    @CaptTim. Spot on!

  15. rickym Says:

    I hope Canales is offered a head coaching position in the NFL. Canales has all the tools to be an outstanding head coach. His natural positivity and leadership qualities are the hall marks of the future of coaching in all sports. Think Joe Madden, think Jon Cooper. I think he will be offered the Carolina job and I believe he will be successful.

  16. Kidfloflo Says:

    Don’t like that rule at all! Let them focus on task at hand

  17. Bojim Says:

    Just give him a raise.

  18. Defense Rules Says:

    Agree with those who say that this is BS. NFL shouldn’t allow any coaches still in the play-offs to interview for jobs with other teams. And anyone who says that it isn’t a distraction to that coach is missing something about time & human nature.

    Of course it’s a distraction. There are only so many hours available from when the Eagles’ game finished until when the Lions game begins for Dave Canales to get prepared for the Lions. And he just used a chunk of those to get ready for & participate in that interview with Tepper (who probably did this purposely because he’s a butt-head).

  19. Jack Clark Says:

    @NE Boy, now Bowles is one game better than last year in the playoffs without Tom Brady. And your head coach got fired for being incompetent 😂 How about them apples?

  20. NE Fan Says:

    Jackieboy@ looks like you’ll be seeing how bad he is twice a season. He just went on his second interview with Atlanta.

  21. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Doesn’t Canales qualify as a Rooney Rule applicant? If so, this won’t be his last interview.
    I’m not saying he isn’t qualified.

    I suspect he could triple Carolina’s win total.

  22. BucaneroJim Says:

    Yep, agree it is BS. Sends to wrong message to our players on focusing for the Lions. What if Baker left today to interview for another team?

  23. Chuckys Bucs Says:

    Why can’t the NFL hold off until after the superbowl to allow coaching interviews?

  24. stpetebucfan Says:

    Agree with all who believe there should be NO interviews until after the SB!

    This is a particularly egregious example. An idiot owner mucking around in his own Division. Tepper or ANY owner could use the interview process to try and mess with rivals.

    As for Canalas he virtually HAS to go. I doubt that he’s all that jacked because who wants to leave a team with an SB winning GM and all around good guy Jason Licht to work for Tepper…and who is his GM in Carolina?

    Since the Man U acquistion was completed the Glazers have been EXCELLENT owners. They obviously have their hearts in it just like the fans, they are shrewd businessmen, but they do not pretend to be NFL GM’s. Nothing worse than a Culverhouse/Tepper/Snyder kind of owner.

    So Canalas is using this for practice and if he said no it might that have consequences. The NFL owners are a pretty tight frat group and having one of their brethren snubbed by a cocky young dude who wouldn’t even interview might not go so well in terms of getting another. Just sayin’ there are only 32 jobs and you have to play the game and stay on all the bosses good side.

  25. HC Grover Says:

    He won’t last long in Carolina. Nobody can fix that QB.

  26. Buckeyebuckchuck Says:

    Would hate to see Tepper ruin him.

  27. Dan Naughton Says:

    Interview after the season is over. B.S. keep focused on the game.

  28. David Says:

    1. Should not allow interviews till after the season is over. That is such garbage.
    2. DC & OC should have a minimum of a two-year obligation. They should not get hired and immediately be interviewed for another team after one season.

  29. Joe Says:

    Couldnt wait a few weeks, til the end of the Season?
    Bucs should have refused Panthers access, until after the NFL season ends.

    You dont interview coaches, who’s teams are still playing!

    In theory agree with you. But this happens every year all over the place. Most of the teams still playing have assistants interviewing elsewhere. Denying an assistant a chance to get a promotion is a really good way to shat yourself in the bed and p!ss off your assistants. That sort of word gets around really quick and good luck finding anyone of quality to work for you after pulling a stunt like that.

    However, the NFL should have a rule that no interviews can take place until after the Super Bowl. Interviewing a guy the second week of February is plenty of time for the coach to prep for the combine and free agency and the draft.

    Hell the Bucs hired Bowles at the end of March. He still somehow found a way to get his team to win a division.

  30. Drunkinybor Says:

    It’s not his fault. It’s the stupid system the NFL has. If I remember correctly. The league was in discussions to stop all interviews and hitea until after the superbowl. Dave has to go our division rival and say sweet things about roster building, draft philosophy, x and os, current personnel, and more. You can’t tell me when coach is screaming It’s all about family. Then want to leave to go to your hated rival that you feel like it’s all bull sh××. It’s human nature. Like your girl looking at another man and saying I would love to be with him hes got more money and more opportunities. So I’m going to shoot my shot honey. Be back soon. Man says But we were here because we are planning our wedding. She says I know ill come back if it doesn’t work out. ill come back even if I miss and he says no. Then we can plan our wedding. Man say WTF am I chop liver…..It’s not that dramatic and its a profession not a high school gig. It’s just stupid for the NFL to let this happen year after year.

  31. Not Says:

    Absurd to suggest an interview that’s likely 3 hours long doesn’t distract and detract !

    Bill Polian today on late hits noted the Bucs are a 1 dimensional team !
    lol , Canales calling us run first and Polian saying the Bucs are 1 dimensional and a deep pass team !

  32. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Canales has one year of calling plays. One.

    He can’t be considered a serious candidate. Not yet.

  33. Oxycondomns Says:

    Gruden would wake up 2am to start the day preparing this definitely is a problem especially one day less of preparation playing on Monday night. At least they played earlier in the season

  34. Brandon Says:

    I can’t imagine it won’t be a distraction. Canales has struggled to do his job well about 75% of the time. I can’t imagine the Panthers being dumb enough to hire someone thats struggled so much as a playcaller to be their headcoach. But Carolina is awful for a reason.

  35. Hodad Says:

    This is all part of a process that’s been going on for years. Canales interviewing is giving him more experience, and making him a better coach for us. Dave will probably get a HC job next year. If he does, like this interview it means he’s doing a good job for us. Quit the complaining.

  36. Jeffs grandpa Says:

    Only a fool would take that Carolina job with that sorry excuse of a owner good luck to the next fool

  37. Jeffs grandpa Says:

    And David is a jizzzerk off

  38. NE Fan Says:

    If Belichick goes to Atlanta, his division could have Bowles, Allen & Canales as HC’s? It’s no wonder he wants in, it will be like Christmas 6 times a season.

  39. Tebowtime Says:

    He’s done a decent job here for us. Def an upgrade from last year at least.

    If he wants to leave fine. Good luck coaching a midget that can’t throw lol.

  40. stpetebucfan Says:


    Then why does Bill’s record SUCK without Brady! AGAIN in the ten years without Brady BB has the same win % as Todd Bowles!!! Actually add this season and Bowles is set to pass the “legend”! LMAO

    I would LOVE to see BB go to Atlanta!!! Harbaugh and Moncken and several others DO scare the beejesus out of me.

    BTW NE your revisionist history is easy to expose. You posted that BB came to a losing situation in NE. Are you really a Pats fan. I don’t remember was it Eason or I believe Bledsoe who had a good run.

    The 4 years before Belichik…Patriots..11-5 reached the SB to lose..then came back with 10-6…9-7 and then 8-8 which was unsatisfactory for Kraft’s standards. Understandable! A losing trend. What does BB do to stop that trend..he puts up a 5-11 !!! Then his personnel dept saves his arse with a shot in the dark a freaking SIXTH round draft pick who turns out to be the GOAT.

    NE did virtually nothing as did the OTHER 31 TEAMS to deserve Brady it was sheer luck.

    So yeah I’m not quaking in my boots about BB in Atlanta. Perhaps he can put up another 5-11…OK maybe 6-11 with the additional year the same as he did with a talented NE squad his first year.

  41. Since76 Says:

    I don’t think teams should be able to interview for vacancies until after the Superbowl. The coaches have to prepare for the interview then fly there and interview fly back. What suffers. The time to prepare a game plan. Takes away from the team. That shows that this coach won’t be prepared. Priorities are not where they should be. With the NFL and this coach. Self centered and not team first. That’s what I see.

  42. NE Fan Says:

    Stp@ who do you think drafted Brady and developed him? Also why do Brady, Gronk,.Edleman and many others all claim they wouldn’t be where they are without Belichick? Are they ALL liars? Has ANY player ever said I wouldn’t be where I am today without Todd Bowles??? I expect crickets on that answer.

  43. D-Rok Says:

    Until a team’s season is officially over, no coach should be allowed to interview with other clubs. As all the comments above correctly elucidated, an interview while preparing for a playoff game is a HUGE distraction, and at the least, takes away at least 3 hours of prep time.

    NFL needs to change this.