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Bucs blocked again from meeting with potential coordinator

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Greg Schiano is running into his first difficulties in Tampa. He’s struggling to put together his staff of Buccaneers coaches.

The Packers denied Schiano a chance to talk to tight end coach Ben McAdoo about Tampa’s vacant offensive coordinator position, according to Jason La Canfora of NFL.com.

The Cardinals also denied the Bucs a chance to interview Cardinals assistant John McNulty for the coordinator position. Considering Schiano’s background on the defensive side of the ball, his offensive hire is crucial. The Bucs need to have the right plan to handle Josh Freeman’s development.

At this point, they are struggling just to get candidates into the building for an interview.

The Packers, meanwhile, kept all their assistants this offseason other than Joe Philbin. There was some concern there would be a mass exodus from the staff because so many Packers coaches were candidates to get jobs elsewhere.

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32 Responses to “Bucs blocked again from meeting with potential coordinator”
  1. theslex says: Feb 7, 2012 10:22 AM

    Ben McAdoo will be GB’s next QB coach. Book it.

  2. upperdecker19 says: Feb 7, 2012 10:24 AM

    I give them permission to talk to Juan Castillo.

  3. beedubyatoo says: Feb 7, 2012 10:28 AM

    I thought the NFL had a procedure that an asst. coach could not be denied permission to talk to another team by their current employer, a long as it was a promotion.

  4. billinva says: Feb 7, 2012 10:29 AM

    The Bucs pull this crap all the time, so it’s finally coming back to bite them in the butt.

  5. haileli says: Feb 7, 2012 10:31 AM

    This has always struck me as a bit classless. I’m not picking on Green Bay, but most coaches aren’t groomed by one team throughout their career. Guys get promotions and move on to a better opportunity. McAdoo served for the 49ers and Saints, so the Packers likely wouldn’t have hired the guy if they were denied permission to interview him. This isn’t unique to sports. A guy comes in, does a great job, and takes a better or more higher-paying position when one becomes available.

  6. realitypolice says: Feb 7, 2012 10:31 AM

    Teams should not be allowed to block position coaches from interviewing for coordinator jobs.

    Period.

  7. mobuccsfan says: Feb 7, 2012 10:34 AM

    No one wants to work for those cheap owners that don’t care about the Buccaneers anymore. It is blatantly obvious. They should be forced to sell by the NFL because the Glaziers only care about Man U and aren’t putting a competitive product on the field. What an embarrassment. I don’t think this guy is going to fare much better. He will be done in two years max. What a joke. Just when they seemed to be competitive year in and year out. I miss the days of that great defense and Monte Kiffin. I miss Sapp, much better player than analyst IMO, Brooks, Lynch, young Barber, Alstott and more. Looks like a 2-14 or 4-12 season next year tops, regardless how well they draft this year, which Dominic will probably fumble that this year as well. I don’t think he’s really landed any real talent for us so far. I think McCoy, Miller, Price, Claireborne, sp? Stroughter and Williams are all a busts, IMO.

  8. bbtls says: Feb 7, 2012 10:35 AM

    At this point, is there anyone left that has NFL experience? Maybe he should probe the UFL… get Denny Green and Jim Fassel on the sidelines again.

  9. romoscollarbone says: Feb 7, 2012 10:40 AM

    I thought, that teams couldn’t block you, if you went from position coach to coordinator, or from coordinator to asst head coach/head coach.

  10. jimmygrahamchrisivory says: Feb 7, 2012 10:48 AM

    I hope the teams or Head Coaches of those teams aren’t blocking the interviews with their coaches for any other reasons besides wanting to keep their staff’s intact to maintain a good team or if those coaches will receive the same promotion eventually with their current teams and nothing personal towards Schiano. He seems like a good dude so why can’t he interview people? Otherwise, this could backfire on them in the long run when the Bucs finally do become successful under Schiano. He’d end up developing a negative attitude and chip on his shoulder towards the rest of the HC’s in the league for not helping him out and he does the same thing in return when those same teams or any other team wants to interview his coaches to put on their staffs. That would either make or break the Bucs’ organization; they could either develop a consistent winning attitude from that or take a while to recover from it.

  11. absolutelynoclue says: Feb 7, 2012 10:52 AM

    Tampa has a policy of always denying requests by teams to interview their coaches. It is not surprising that the other teams treat them the same way.

  12. tcostant says: Feb 7, 2012 10:57 AM

    Did they get Butch Davis or anyone as DC.

    How about Jim Zorn for OC

  13. absolutelynoclue says: Feb 7, 2012 11:03 AM

    For beedubyatoo. That rule only applies for Heach Coaching positions. I should have included that in my previous comment

  14. asublimeday says: Feb 7, 2012 11:06 AM

    Mike Martz is available if you hate josh freeman and want to punish the hell out of him.

  15. selmonfan63 says: Feb 7, 2012 11:17 AM

    Wow, quite a post mobuccsfan says. I’m not sure what any of that has to do with this story.

    Life really isn’t that bad. There are a number of excellent sedatives available with a prescription. Check with your doctor.

  16. nunpuncher says: Feb 7, 2012 11:36 AM

    Maybe The Buccaneers can make a request to The Redskins to interview Defensive Backs coach Raheem Morris for the DC positio…….Doh!

  17. getyourownname says: Feb 7, 2012 11:41 AM

    Ravens would consider trading Cameron for a #1 pick. Schiano, get on the phone. Please.

  18. Tom says: Feb 7, 2012 11:42 AM

    I think it’s natural to go after the Giants’ Mike Sullivan.

  19. rameyag says: Feb 7, 2012 11:48 AM

    Coach Schiano seems like a really nice guy, but when an NFL team hires a college coach with a barely above .500 record whose team never won its conference championship or even appeared in a BCS bowl game, what do you expect? This was simply a terrible hire.

  20. freemantowilliams says: Feb 7, 2012 12:15 PM

    Man this season is gonna suck. We can even get a staff put together. Stupid glazers. SELL THE TEAM!!! If you really dont care just SELL THE TEAM!!!

  21. jm91rs says: Feb 7, 2012 12:20 PM

    My understanding is that the Bucs front office people have been breaking the so-called unwritten rules for awhile now. I remember someone (I believe it was Marvin Lewis) making a statement that they sort of broke the code on signing a wide receiver to their practice squad for a lot more $$ than other teams pay for practice guys. There were a couple of other similar stories of bucs people denying interviews.

    As dumb as any unwritten rules are, maybe the other teams have finally found a way to pay the Bucs back for these “infractions”.

  22. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins says: Feb 7, 2012 12:38 PM

    As others have noted, the Bucs have a history of doing this, as the Glazers allowed Bruce Allen to block several assistants from interviewing in the past. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that teams are now doing the same to us. It sucks, but we kind of had this coming.

  23. packfaninchitown says: Feb 7, 2012 12:40 PM

    As I understand the process, teams can block any interview request except for that of HC.

    In regard to the “fairness” of the situation, each coach signs a contract with their team (if I understand things correctly), and part of that contract is the reality of possibly being denied permission to interview elsewhere.

    When McAdoo’s contract is up he cannot be denied permission.

    Plus I think the other poster is right, I expect Ben Mac will be named QB coach.

  24. packerjb says: Feb 7, 2012 12:49 PM

    As posted earlier, a team can block a candidate for any position other than head coach. In the case of McAdoo he still has one year left on his contract. McAdoo was also blocked by the Packers from interviewing with the Dolphins to be their OC, so this should not be a surprise.

  25. nicalooch says: Feb 7, 2012 1:15 PM

    @Mobuccsfan,

    Sadly, you represent about 70% of the fan base in Tampa Bay. I’ve only lived in the area for 5 years (moved there because I loved the Bucs so much), and I have found that the area is filled with unbelievable pessimists just like you and it makes me sick! Schiano was hired for the sole purpose of filling the crater that Raheem and co. left at One Buc. It is going to take time, but I believe we could see a massive turnaround this year. We’re looking at a team that in week six was sitting at 4-2 (2-0 against Falcons/Saints). The monumental collapse that took place is 100% on the lack of discipline behind closed doors. These guys have the skill set, the team still has a pulse, they just need leadership and I feel like that’s on the way.

  26. thehungariancrippler says: Feb 7, 2012 1:36 PM

    Look for the action to pick up on or around March 8th. Remember….Tom Benson has spent way more time being a crappy owner than a good owner….he knows how to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

  27. bucsballer says: Feb 7, 2012 1:39 PM

    @ Mobucsfan
    No one wants to work for those cheap owners that don’t care about the Buccaneers anymore. It is blatantly obvious. They should be forced to sell by the NFL because the Glaziers only care about Man U and aren’t putting a competitive product on the field. What an embarrassment. I don’t think this guy is going to fare much better. He will be done in two years max. What a joke. Just when they seemed to be competitive year in and year out. I miss the days of that great defense and Monte Kiffin. I miss Sapp, much better player than analyst IMO, Brooks, Lynch, young Barber, Alstott and more. Looks like a 2-14 or 4-12 season next year tops, regardless how well they draft this year, which Dominic will probably fumble that this year as well. I don’t think he’s really landed any real talent for us so far. I think McCoy, Miller, Price, Claireborne, sp? Stroughter and Williams are all a busts, IMO

    You might want to realize that for one McCoy has been great when hes healthy so i wouldnt give up on him, second ur gonna say its bad drafting for drafting Strougher? he was 6th round pick basicaly to fill spots, who did more then expected his first season its not like they put their franchise in his hands.

  28. Tom says: Feb 7, 2012 1:45 PM

    @nicalooch

    People here are convinced it’s Culverhouse all over again. While certain teams would kill for one winning season out of the last three, the fan base here would make you think the Bucs are worse than the 2008 Lions.

    They’re also the same fans who act all defensive about the Rays and defer about the economy. It’s the people who can afford to go but won’t.

    Not everyone acts that way, but it’s what the public sees all the time.

  29. Deb says: Feb 7, 2012 2:26 PM

    @tocostant …

    Jim Zorn was recently blocked from talking to another team–although I believe that was a lateral move.

    I’m confused on this one, too. Didn’t think teams could block coaches from interviewing for promotions.

    @mobuccsfan …

    This isn’t an issue of no one wanting to work for them. It’s an issue of people being blocked by their current employers from interviewing.

    Gregg, I’d like to know more about the retaliatory aspect. Have the Bucs been playing fast-and-loose with the rules?

  30. uwsptke says: Feb 7, 2012 3:47 PM

    The rule used to be you couldn’t deny a coach from interviewing for a promotion, which generally meant a position coach to a coordinator (in addition to the obvious promotion to Head Coach). This is why the Packers gave inside LB coach Winston Moss the “Assistant Head Coach” title to prevent him from becoming a coordinator somewhere.

    Now the rule is you can block anyone on your staff from interviewing unless it’s for Head Coach. The Packers did this one other time in recent memory when they told the Bears to pound sand when they wanted to interview Tom Clements for OC (they instead brought in Martz). That move made a ton more sense than this one, since why the heck would you let the guy who tutored Aaron Rodgers and Matt Flynn go teach Jay Cutler how to not throw interceptions when they play in your division?

    But I’ll take it. McAdoo will be the next QB coach in Green Bay, is loved by his players, and is an up-and-comer.

  31. stavreafavre says: Feb 7, 2012 4:09 PM

    The Packers feel that not just anyone can coach Finley into dropping passes.

  32. vikescry1 says: Feb 8, 2012 6:48 PM

    the only way teams can’t block there assistants is if it is for a ead coaching job. thats it. and for those who say that teams shouldn’t be able to block them, that coach signed a contract and if the team says you stay then you should stay. get over it maybe yyour team should help there young coach’s more and groom them better.

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