Done Deal; Liam Coen Is Your New Bucs Offensive Coordinator

February 3rd, 2024

Welcome to Tampa Bay, coach.

UPDATED: Say hello to Liam Coen, the new offensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Bucs made an official announcement today and Jenna Laine of ESPN had additional details.

The Bucs completed interviews with their candidates early Friday and Coen publicly emerged as the favorite. Reports then detailed that things were still being worked out with the University of Kentucky as Coen was under contract as their offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Terms of the Coen’s Bucs deal were not disclosed.

So there you have it.

Some kvetch that the Bucs pandered to Baker Mayfield with this move. Joe disagrees. Of course, Joe is confident Mayfield was consulted. The fact Coen comes from the Sean McVay tree that pumps out quality coaches like Big Storm Brewing pumps out cans of Bromosa tells Joe the Bucs are refreshingly forward-thinking.

Welcome to Tampa Bay, Coach.

46 Responses to “Done Deal; Liam Coen Is Your New Bucs Offensive Coordinator”

  1. Jimbob Says:

    Alright. About the same feeling I had when Canales came to town. Let’s see what happens

  2. Murph Says:

    Congrats to Coach Bowles. Seems like a solid hire.

  3. A Bucs Fan Says:

    Auman has it first.

  4. Pickgrin Says:


    I imagine the compensation was fairly substantial as Coen was making good $ at UK – almost $2M per year…. And he had a $500k buy out clause that had to be covered….

    Way to step up Glazers!

  5. Sue Says:

    WELCOME! Great hire!

  6. Jake been there since the beginning Says:

    Nice job, now get Baker signed as well as Evans. Get something good in the first and second round and let Licht work his magic. Let’s Go Bucs!!!

  7. Derek Says:

    Hey may actually be better than Canales

  8. JimBobBuc Says:

    Baker needs to sell Coen to Evans. Coen needs to bring in some good assistants for OL, especially run blocking.

  9. Ugotrobbed Says:


  10. A Bucs Fan Says:

    He will be better than Canales was. He’s a good OC.

  11. Buc4evr Says:

    Great hire, hope to see a lot of the WCO. Think he will be a lot better than Canales, who I never really liked.

  12. Jack Clark Says:

    There is absolutely nothing impressive about Liam Coen’s coaching career. The Rams offense was trash when he was their OC and his college team’s offense is not top 10 in anything remarkable. Our offense will continue to suck next season with him as our OC.

  13. HC Grover Says:


  14. Marine Buc Says:

    He actually has more play-calling experience than Canales had last year and runs a very similar system.

    There will be some new terminology to learn but at least our players don’t have to learn a completely new system for the 3rd year in a row.

  15. #99 the big fella Says:

    Jack Clark, you will see .. this guy is going to be really good

  16. FrontFour Says:

    May be an upgrade from Canales.

  17. RBUC Says:

    In my view coaches make a difference, but we can talk all day about Coordinators, Oline coaches, RB coaches, etc etc on and on. When Jason Licht acquires stronger more talented Olineman the Bucs will have better Oline play! When Licht drafts and acquires more talented RBs the Bucs running game will rank higher!! UNTIL THEN BOTH WILL STRUGGLE

  18. #99 the big fella Says:

    I always read the comments and it’s actually sad that we have some of the so called fans that we have.. It’s like they are never happy and always look for something to complain about.. I would really hate to have the life these people live..

  19. Popcorn Mike Says:

    From what I’ve read, this was a decent hire. Coen is gonna run a up tempo, power run, pass run evenly and always trying to keep the offense guessing. This sounds very good but I want to see it on the field in September

  20. Anyhony Says:

    good hire!

  21. Tye Says:

    Still concerning that he has bounced around the past few years but, Maybe he will pan out!

  22. stpetebucfan Says:

    And the winner is….Jack Clark. You get to be the President of #negativethinking

    Quite an achievement Jack since the competion here for negativity is really fierce!

  23. Rod Munch Says:

    If everything goes smoothly, he’s just running the same system and isn’t screwing it up. If Baker returns to his normal self and is a bust, well, it’s the OC that ruined him.

    With that said, this offense was 20th in scoring, and Baker was the lowest scoring QB that started 16 or 17 games, so there’s tons of room for improvement.

    But I like the hire, at least with the limitations that having Bowles as your head coach is going to put on any offense.

    Also Bowles made a very good hire last time, so he gets the benefit of the doubt. Sometimes defensive coaches can pick good offensive coaches because they know what schemes and style of play is the hardest to defense.

  24. A Bucs Fan Says:

    @Jack Clark he didn’t call plays for the Rams. That’s why he left. He wanted to call plays and get experience. At Kentucky the offense performed better when he was there, regressed in every major category when he left, and then improved when he went back. Brandon had a good breakdown of the numbers in a different article.

    He’s a good coach from a successful coaching tree with play calling experience. I think the Bucs offense will be fine as long as they get stronger in the trenches and acquire a power back to complement White.

  25. Murph Says:

    What are the limitations of having Bowles as your coach? It didn’t prevent a one year OC from getting a head coaching job. If there are such limits it must have served the OC well.

  26. Buccos Says:

    This was an awesome hire. If for no other reason that it means Mayfield will probably be coming back, which means that Evans will probably come back. Which means Winfield will either sign a new contract or get the franchise tag. Then resign Lavonte and Wirfs and the rest is gravy. Run it back

  27. SlyPirate Says:


    RAY DAVIS, RB Kentucky

    (I hope so. 5-6 round. Human boiling ball that can run and catch.)

  28. IE Buc Says:

    He has more pedigree than Canales had when he became our OC. The modern McVay offense is an upgrade over Seattle system that Canales tried to run. Canales looked better last year because his personality and leadership covered up a not great meh offense. As far as Coen and the 2022 Rams offense is concerned, McVay has always called plays, not his OCs.

  29. A Bucs Fan Says:

    @Sly Ray Davis will be 25 years old this year. At a position where value plummets at 28 and and most RB careers are over by 30 he will and should go undrafted.

  30. BucsFan81 Says:

    Hopefully Bowles strikes gold twice. His job depends on it as he will probably be in the hot seat again.

  31. RBUC Says:

    Ray Davis will be OFF the board before the 5th or 6th round 100%!!

  32. Chris Says:

    This is an upgrade from Canales.

  33. Captain Dan Lawrence Says:

    I would guess that some of the “work things out with UK” could include an assistant or two!

  34. lanshark Says:

    GREAT Hire – whether Baker stays, or not.

    He runs a lot of Play Action (no more pound the rock on 1st/2nd down), with a huge variety of motions and patterns. Should be a great fit for White, among others. Can probably get more out of Palmer too, and probably Otten.

    Now go get Harrison Bryant (TE) in Free Agency (should be cheap) and find an edge rusher and a decent guard.

  35. T. McGee Says:

    Are we all just going to ignore that he looks JUST LIKE MIKE GLENNON??

  36. Eric Says:

    Similar to the Mullens offense Trask thrived in.

    Just saying.

  37. EternalSon Says:

    He looks too passive in the photo. We need a yeller. If a guy doesn’t yell he doesn’t care, right? (Heavy sarcasm)

    Cool. Like the hire.

    GO BUCS!!

  38. HC Grover Says:

    Whoop de Doo.

  39. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Jack Clark Says:
    February 3rd, 2024 at 12:51 pm
    There is absolutely nothing impressive about Liam Coen’s coaching career. The Rams offense was trash when he was their OC and his college team’s offense is not top 10 in anything remarkable. Our offense will continue to suck next season with him as our OC.
    There’s an old Steve Martin comedy bit where he tells children to “Criticize things you don’t know about”. Reminds me of Crybaby Clark, who has NO IDEA how it’s gonna go.

  40. unbelievable Says:

    I don’t know why, but for some reason I have more doubts about him than I did about Canales…

    Really, really, really hope I’m wrong.

  41. TonySoprano Says:

    Canales may prove to be a better HC than he was an OC, as I think he has been vastly overrated in that role. Really hoping to see more creativity, play-action and pre-snap motions out of Liam. But the biggest thing I’m hoping for: he puts Godwin back in the slot. It was criminal how Canales misused Godwin.

  42. BAKERSBucs says Says:

    Jackclark says holy ships have u ever said anything worth reading u r a nasty useless person find another site that wud appreciate u r 1st class garbage hit the road dude u suck

  43. FortMyersDave Says:

    Good hire, especially since many of the candidates the Bucs first listed did not even get to interview and went to Philly, Cleveland, Atlanta, Chicago or stayed with Houston and others like Van Pelt interviewed and then chose New England. Still, the Bucs did get someone from the McVay tree who has called plays. He called the game for the Rams where they scored 51 on Denver and Mayfield went 24 of 28, his best game as a Ram and also worked with Levis at UK. Again, solid hire.

  44. Stanglassman Says:

    He did call plays for the Rams in the 2nd half of ‘22. Mcvay wanted to take back over play calling in ‘23 so that why he went to Ky.

  45. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Okay, so I see Jack being negative…but I see a lot more people being positive. I am undecided…and really, at this point I won’t judge negative on Liam Coen.

    But I would like some insight on the guy:

    1. All of you saying it”s a great hire, is it because of the coaching tree, or do you actually have factual information to support that belief?

    2. Canales seemed to be too much run…it certainly didn’t feel balanced, though I have not looked at the numbers. I believe Bowles dictated that, but can’t prove it.

    So this question is two-pronged: What is the run vs pass ratio of a Liam Coen offense…and is he the kind of OC who will cave to Bowles on every play like Canales theoretically did?

    3. How long was he a Sean McVay guy? I mean, if he lasted only a year, would he still be a guy who fit the Sean McVay mold?

    4. Why did Sean McVay take back the playcalling duties? Was Liam Coen not doing a good job?

    5. The Rams are a decent organization…so why would Liam Coen leave them? Even if not calling plays, he had to know credence came with the job.

  46. Bowles4President Says:

    Well said Murph!

    I will say regarding free agents, I didn’t realize Jensen’s cap hit extended past 2023. Womp womp…