Zimmer and Chudzinski are up next to meet with Bucs

AP

Wade Phillips won’t interview with the Bucs, but Tampa still has a few more interviews left to complete as they search for a new head coach.

The Bucs received permission to talk to Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer. That’s not a surprise because Zimmer has been connected to Tampa for a while.

A surprise new candidate is Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski, who also met with the Rams. Jason La Canfora of NFL Network reports that “Chud” will also meet with Tampa.

The Buccaneers started their search focusing on coaches with experience like Marty Schottenheimer and Mike Sherman. Their latest two interviews show they aren’t sold on hiring someone that attended the latest Fired Football Coaches Association convention in Tampa.