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Cardinals block Bucs from interviewing John McNulty

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Greg Schiano’s efforts to build his staff with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have hit a snag.

The Bucs asked the Cardinals for permission to speak with wide receivers coach John McNulty about a position on Schiano’s staff. McNulty was Schiano’s offensive coordinator at Rutgers for three years before joining Arizona in 2009 and was thought to be a candidate for the same job in Tampa. It won’t happen, though.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports that the Cardinals have turned down the Bucs’ request. Under NFL rules, an assistant coach must have his team’s permission to interview for any other position other than head coach. In the past, a coordinator position was considered another level but, as Somers points out, the definition of the job stretched so much that there was a feeling that it no longer merited separate inclusion.

Schiano could now reach down to his Rutgers staff for offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti Jr. if he’s so inclined or he could open up the search beyond guys who have coached under him in the past. Hue Jackson and Todd Haley are both looking for work and both have experience as offensive coordinators.

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49 Responses to “Cardinals block Bucs from interviewing John McNulty”
  1. jimmysimpson55 says: Jan 28, 2012 8:10 PM

    Q: What kind of employer would want to prevent an employee from improving himself?
    A: A bad one

  2. tfbuckfutter says: Jan 28, 2012 8:13 PM

    Well….now that is a real blow to the Bucs’ playoff chances…..

  3. bigjdve says: Jan 28, 2012 8:13 PM

    The question I have is how hard is McNulty going to coach for the Cardinals now? What is his incentive?

  4. greysolon says: Jan 28, 2012 8:17 PM

    lol–

    Wow, he must be one heck of a receivers coach, AZ.
    Maybe the Bucs will work an Al Davis-type trade for him.

  5. big007hed says: Jan 28, 2012 8:25 PM

    As a Bucs fan I would love for Hue Jackson or even Todd Haley (less than Jackson) to come be the OC… I have wanted Jackson as the OC since they got Schiano

  6. atlien698 says: Jan 28, 2012 8:27 PM

    Man, and I thought only McNulty from “The Wire” got screwed over by his bosses…

  7. cubano76 says: Jan 28, 2012 8:32 PM

    McNulty is the real deal. That’s BS by the Bucs!

  8. odessabucs says: Jan 28, 2012 8:35 PM

    Payback’s hell.

  9. raiderlyfe510 says: Jan 28, 2012 8:44 PM

    So unethical.

  10. fatfreddystubbs says: Jan 28, 2012 8:48 PM

    Why would they wanna keep McNulty? He drinks too much with Bunk and is insubordinate to Rawls……Wait, wrong McNulty

  11. uberniner says: Jan 28, 2012 8:52 PM

    Hey, he signed a contract. Let Tampa offer a draft choice, like they did for Gruden.

  12. banvard316 says: Jan 28, 2012 8:54 PM

    Lol, love how people bash the Cards for blocking, but when the Steelers blocked the Cards from talking to the Steelers lb coach for their dc job no one said a thing.

  13. raidermark says: Jan 28, 2012 8:56 PM

    Assistants should be able to resign, forfeit money, and leave. Slavery is f-ing illegal!!

  14. AlanSaysYo says: Jan 28, 2012 9:01 PM

    I always pictured Omar as more of a receiver’s coach.

  15. unsterblich856 says: Jan 28, 2012 9:19 PM

    You people are retarded, teams block interviews all the time. The Steelers always block interviews for their LB coach Keith Butler for potential DC positions, but whenever the Cardinals do something, people deride the move as unethical, slavery, and bad employers?

  16. thenmoveback says: Jan 28, 2012 9:30 PM

    If the coach is under contract then it’s the teams decision. Same with players…they don’t let a top WR go interview with other teams. If u sign a contract fulfill it, the rest of us do.

  17. 79bucfan says: Jan 28, 2012 9:37 PM

    That is a chicken shiz way to try and keep someone, if he wants to leave he should be able too

  18. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Jan 28, 2012 9:44 PM

    All in the game, yo

  19. realitypolice says: Jan 28, 2012 9:48 PM

    thenmoveback says:
    Jan 28, 2012 9:30 PM
    If the coach is under contract then it’s the teams decision. Same with players…they don’t let a top WR go interview with other teams. If u sign a contract fulfill it, the rest of us do.
    ====================
    I’ve never had an employer stop me from taking a better position elsewhere.

    Sorry if that’s happened to you.

  20. odessabucs says: Jan 28, 2012 9:48 PM

    Moving from positions coach to OC is a big career step. The League should monitor the way contracts are written to preclude game playing with overly broad and nebulous language.

  21. eagler927 says: Jan 28, 2012 10:01 PM

    Anyone that blames the Cardinals for blocking this move is not too bright. Unethical? Seriously? It’s perfectly legal and teams have done it to the Cardinals. Maybe it’s time the assistant cinches form a union and fight for their rights. They deserve better but teams are going to look out for the team not an assistant coach.

  22. anderds1 says: Jan 28, 2012 10:03 PM

    Nothing like being loved by your employer!
    #jobsecurity

  23. cackman17 says: Jan 28, 2012 10:18 PM

    I just registered in order to say that “thenmoveback” f-ing nailed it. Game over. Well done sir. Love your post.

  24. vuudu says: Jan 28, 2012 11:00 PM

    So after being fired as a detective, he went into football? Why did he not stay in Baltimore? I guess he wanted a clean slate in Arizona.

  25. jayslang says: Jan 28, 2012 11:01 PM

    As a bucs fan…thank you..last thing i want to See Shiano do is hire his whole freakin staff based on what they did a Rutgers…

    Go get an expierienced OC…please…

  26. wetpaperbag3 says: Jan 28, 2012 11:22 PM

    jimmysimpson55 says: Jan 28, 2012 8:10 PM

    Q: What kind of employer would want to prevent an employee from improving himself?
    A: A bad one
    =============================

    What you fail to realize is that Arizona has the right to FOLLOW THE RULES set by the NFL and keep it’s coaching staff intact both at the same time. As the rules states, the team MUST give permission of the coach is interviewing/wanting to be hired as a head coach ONLY.

    Why destabilize your franchise when they don’t have to; all because another franchise’s head coach didn’t have the foresight of building his staff or at least having an idea of the staff he wanted to bring in BEFORE he got hired?

    Plus, there are STILL MORE EXPERIENCED either former NFL head coaches, coordinators, or assistant coaches that could be brought in for the job interview. The fact is, QUALITY coaches don’t want to go there because the Glazier’s are forgetting how to run an NFL franchise.

    The Bucs could have had a former head coach to take over there. Not to mention, they had Oregon Ducks coach Chip Kelly lined up for the job, but even HE bailed on them just before he signed the contract. THAT is an indication that something is wrong in Tampa bay. The Bucs now have resorted to a half-way decent college coach with NO NFL experience and has NO EXPERIENCED NFL assistant coaches on their staff to aide the head coach on how things work in the NFL; because it’s night and day different from the college game!

    If I were NcNulty, I would be thanking the Cardinals for preventing me from making a HUGE mistake in going to Tampa Bay!

  27. colinsnooks says: Jan 28, 2012 11:23 PM

    I doubt any smart employer would want to let a valued employee go interview at another place if they could. It’s nice for NFL teams that they can block this kind of stuff. I’m not sure why McNutty even has to tell them that he plans to do an interview in his off time.

    Also, last year everyone complained about the Fins looking for a new HC when they were under contract was total low class. Shouldn’t all coaches have to quit their teams before they go interview for other jobs then under that standard?

  28. irongershwin says: Jan 28, 2012 11:28 PM

    “Sheeeeeeeeeeettttttttt” – Senator Clay Davis

  29. afreak2u says: Jan 28, 2012 11:35 PM

    All players coaches should fulfill there contract point blank period

  30. sensiblebuc says: Jan 28, 2012 11:54 PM

    @wetpaperbag3

    “The fact is, QUALITY coaches don’t want to go there because the Glazier’s are forgetting how to run an NFL franchise.”

    Dude, the Bidwills own your franchise. Relax on questioning anybody else’s pedigree.

    “The Bucs now have resorted to a half-way decent college coach with NO NFL experience and has NO EXPERIENCED NFL assistant coaches on their staff to aide the head coach on how things work in the NFL; because it’s night and day different from the college game!”

    Do you realize how ridiculous this thought is? First you lambaste Coach Schiano for lacking NFL experience (he was a DB coach with the Chicago Bears before taking over Rutgers, but don’t let facts get in the way of your point) and then you point out that nobody on his staff has NFL experience…well umm…that’s the point of attempting to interview McNulty! He’s an NFL coach right now! He’s trying to build a staff that has NFL experience!

  31. brewtalviking says: Jan 29, 2012 12:19 AM

    Really not that difficult, a contract is a legal document so both sides can protect their interest. This is small potatoes compared to when players hold out for a bigger contract.

  32. daknight93 says: Jan 29, 2012 12:40 AM

    really? block an employee from potential moving up in position, says a lot about cards organization…I wouldn’t be a happy employee with cards, man..that sucks!

  33. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Jan 29, 2012 12:54 AM

    Listen to me, McNulty. You took a lot of risks. You played a lot of wild cards. And, you made a lot of blanking people do a lot of things they didn’t want to do. You, McNulty, are a gaping blank hole. I know it, and I’ll be blanked if everybody in CID didn’t know it. But I’ll be also blanked if I let you sit here and think you did a single blanking thing to get a blanking police shot. Believe it or not, not everything is about you. Get it into your head McNulty. It’s not your fault. And the motherblanker telling you this, he blanking hates your guts. So you know that if it was your fault, I’d be the first son of a blank to tell you. Blank went bad, she took two for the company. That’s the only lesson here.

  34. omniscient48 says: Jan 29, 2012 1:24 AM

    These The Wire references are absolutely HILARIOUS. Thank you. Keep them coming.

  35. randylaheytpb says: Jan 29, 2012 2:31 AM

    jimmysimpson55 says:
    Jan 28, 2012 8:10 PM
    Q: What kind of employer would want to prevent an employee from improving himself?
    A: A bad one

    ____________________

    How about an employer who wants to use the rules to keep hold of an employee whom he values highly?

    Doesn’t make him “a bad [employer].” It makes him a smart one who wants to hold onto his assets.

    Dummie.

  36. whoknowsnothing says: Jan 29, 2012 5:24 AM

    Cardinals strike again!

    You shall not pass go and collect that offensive coordinators job!

  37. lolb23 says: Jan 29, 2012 8:27 AM

    Anyone stop and think maybe dude DOESN’T WANT to go to the Sucs? And instead of making himself look bad by declining an offer from his old friend the team decides to take the fall?

    this guy has a great job in beautiful AZ working w Larry Fitzgerald meanwhile Shciano will be lucky to make it 3 seasons in the NFL.

    He TURNED Shiano DOWN. Read between the lines instead of being so quick to pile on with the first comment you read.

  38. 79bucfan says: Jan 29, 2012 8:41 AM

    If a coach is being offered a better job /promotion he should be able to leave if he chooses to. I understand as a Card fan you dont want to loose any coach, however that doesnt make it right.

  39. bigjdve says: Jan 29, 2012 8:57 AM

    I think that some of you are lacking perspective on this.

    1. McNulty didn’t ask to be interviewed or to get out of his contract. His friend (Schiano) who now is a head coach wanted to interview him, so he asked permission which is the protocol – this isn’t a new thing, nor is it a bad thing.

    2. Holding on to your assets: that is true, but to just block someone from improving themselves is a quick way to turn an asset into a liability.

    3. I don’t know McNulty’s character. I assume it is good, so he will fulfill out his contract. He has never stated anything different.

    4. It is also true that it was just recently changed (last 10 years) that OC or DC is not considered a promotion. We all know that it is, however the owners wanted to stop having to hire coaches because they all scavenge each other mercilessly, especially it would seem to try and defeat specific teams by getting specific knowledge from the coach.

    5. Someone said that contract is to protect 2 ways and have an agreement. Well we all know that the owners break those contracts willy nilly, don’t believe me? Just ask any of the numerous coaches that were fired this year.

    6. Personally, I think that the coach should have the right if the job is an obvious promotion, that they should be allowed to interview. This is allowed with coaches going from any level below HC that wants to be a HC. I am sorry but in reality OC or DC is a promotion from a position coach.

  40. lolb23 says: Jan 29, 2012 9:49 AM

    If a coach is being offered a better job /promotion he should be able to leave if he chooses to. I understand as a Card fan you dont want to loose any coach, however that doesnt make it right.

    _________________________________

    What makes you think a job with the Bucs is a “better job” than working with Larry Fitzgerald in AZ?

    And where do you read he chose to leave?

    DELUSIONAL!

  41. purplecrowe says: Jan 29, 2012 10:09 AM

    AlanSaysYo says:
    Jan 28, 2012 9:01 PM
    I always pictured Omar as more of a receiver’s coach.

    McNulty can handle WR’s…Omar would prefer tight ends…

  42. atomicpunk says: Jan 29, 2012 10:25 AM

    Maybe because he is in Hawaii at the Pro Bowl as a guest of Fitz he told the Bidwell’s to please say no to Tampa or he saw the offensive roster of the Bucs and begged to stay in AZ ?

  43. bumfarto says: Jan 29, 2012 10:59 AM

    This will only work if they bring in Stringer Bell as offensive cordinator. Also, i think proposition Joe would be a great nose tackle.

  44. FinFan68 says: Jan 29, 2012 11:03 AM

    I can see blocking an interview for a lateral move to another team but this is an obvious potential promotion. Going from coordinator to HC should be no different than going from position coach to coordinator. Position coach to a different position coach should be able to be blocked due to contract as should any coordinator or position coach going to essentially the same job on another team that added some ridiculously meaningless title such as “Assistant Head Coach” or “Assistant _______ Coordinator.”

    Since these lower level coaches are likely screwed (regardless of contract) when the HC eventually gets fired, I think hey should be allowed to freely interview for any position that is an obvious promotion.

  45. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Jan 29, 2012 12:03 PM

    After being denied permission, McNulty was heard muttering “What the ____ did I do?”

  46. kbraden24 says: Jan 29, 2012 1:00 PM

    Hue Jackson OC
    Butch Davis DC
    nuuf said…

  47. bucfandango says: Jan 29, 2012 1:12 PM

    I believe the Bucs pulled this same crap by not allowing Joe Barry to go work as DC for his Pa-n-law, Rod Marinelli in Detroit. Maybe this has come full circle already.

  48. brunnerjam says: Jan 29, 2012 1:27 PM

    I remember reading in Pete Carroll’s book that from his own personal experience as an assistant, he feels nothing good comes from blocking an assistant from moving up. It often leads to bad feelings between the assistant and the organization.

  49. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins says: Jan 29, 2012 1:55 PM

    It’s a jerk move, sure. But not one the Bucs are strangers to, and it seems like it might be coming back to bite us. I realize Schiano and Dominik had nothing to do with Allen blocking a few guys from interviewing(it wasn’t just Barry), but the Glazers allowed it to happen.

    Ah, Bruce Allen. The gift that keeps on giving.

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