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Mike Sullivan to interview for Bucs coordinator job

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The Bucs have been rebuffed a few times in their search for offensive coordinator. Now they are looking to the Super Bowl champion Giants for some help.

Rachel Nichols of ESPN reports that Giants quarterbacks coach Mike Sullivan is interviewing for Bucs coach Greg Schiano’s vacant offensive coordinator job in Tampa.

Sullivan was a receivers coach with the Giants for six years before coaching Eli Manning the last two seasons. He clearly did a nice job with Manning in 2011.

(Sullivan also has great taste. While researching this article on Manning, I spoke to Sullivan at the Super Bowl. He admitted he was a member of PFT Planet, like much of the Giants staff.)

Giants coach Tom Coughlin did not have to let Sullivan interview for the coordinator job, but it appears permission has been granted.  Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt, for instance, blocked John McNulty from talking to Schiano.

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25 Responses to “Mike Sullivan to interview for Bucs coordinator job”
  1. big007hed says: Feb 10, 2012 2:09 PM

    I know absolutely nothing about this guy…. so yeah and Go Bucs

  2. kd75 says: Feb 10, 2012 2:14 PM

    Blocking an assistant from interviewing is a jerk move. Every head coach started out as an assistant and they should remember their big break and not stand in somebody’s way to better themselves and their family.

    Looking at you Whisenhunt.

  3. jeff2380 says: Feb 10, 2012 2:21 PM

    Well he can’t be worse than Greg Olson. I knew what play he was calling. Except for the thirty reverses we did for negative 60 yards

  4. buchopeful says: Feb 10, 2012 2:21 PM

    This would be a solid hire, lets hope ownership does not mess up contract talks…

  5. ruggyup says: Feb 10, 2012 2:27 PM

    100 times better Mike Sullivan than any part of Butch Davis. With Davis you have absolute certainty that at some point he will screw your team. Who needs it? Get Sullivan.

  6. bucfansouthtampa says: Feb 10, 2012 2:28 PM

    Thank you Lord! Finally, a real coach interviewing for the Offensive Coordinator position.
    Welcome to Tampa, Mike.

  7. dannymac17 says: Feb 10, 2012 2:37 PM

    Hey Congrats Mike if you do get the job.

  8. careerender56 says: Feb 10, 2012 2:37 PM

    NOOO Please dont go Mike, if Eli regresses, we are totally screwed

  9. stevincinci says: Feb 10, 2012 2:44 PM

    I heard Peyton Manning is looking for a job. Might be a good OC. (Not for 20 Mill though).

  10. youngry says: Feb 10, 2012 2:49 PM

    I haven’t seen it mentioned anywhere but I thought the Bidwell’s, like the Bucs during Bruce Allen’s era, have a policy of not letting assistants interview. They are the scrooges of the NFL, I seriously doubt Wisenhunt had much to do with it.

  11. lgbarn says: Feb 10, 2012 2:51 PM

    ruggyup says:
    Feb 10, 2012 2:27 PM
    100 times better Mike Sullivan than any part of Butch Davis. With Davis you have absolute certainty that at some point he will screw your team. Who needs it? Get Sullivan.

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    Either you didn’t read the article, don’t know anything about football or both. Butch Davis is a Defensive Coordinator and the Bucs are interviewing an Offensive Coordinator. Butch Davis is a well respected defensive mind.

  12. jaltreality says: Feb 10, 2012 2:52 PM

    @kd75: Why? Coaches, like players, sign contracts. They can only be denied interviews when they’re under contract, much like players can be denied trade requests/contract renegotiations when under contract.

    I can see plenty of situations where denying an interview would be a jerk move, but many situations where it makes sense as well.

  13. haileli says: Feb 10, 2012 3:34 PM

    I have no interest in the Bucs. I don’t mind if they win, and I don’t care if they lose. But I really feel bad for them right now. This is beyond embarrassing.

  14. emmac13 says: Feb 10, 2012 3:35 PM

    Eli who has helped you throughout your pro career.

    Eli-“My dad and brother.”

    Mike Sullivan did a great job learning from the Manning family and collecting a paycheck.

  15. onebucplace says: Feb 10, 2012 3:44 PM

    I know nothing about the guy but so far it’s 100x more interesting than any other name I’ve heard. Why are they looking at former Chicago Bears OCs, they were awful — on a Mike Shula level.

    As previously stated he can not be worse than Greg Olson — one thing however, those 30 reveres were more for like -150yards and seemed to always be called on 3rd and 2 in the other teams territory. Olson was truly a moron of epic proportions, just wanted to say that one last time.

  16. situsavaisprier says: Feb 10, 2012 3:46 PM

    As a Giants fan I don’t want him to go, but if he does I wish him all the best. He has done a great job his whole time here. With the WR’s, he really did pay attention to detail. People are amazed at sideline catches made by WR’s, but the Giants put a huge emphasis on it. He had a few adept at these, in terms of Amani Toomer and Mario Manningham.

    As the QB’s coach not only did he continue his approach, he had the QB’s practice all sorts of unorthodox passing situations, in addition to the norm. Eli definitely improved his play, leadership and preparation. However, Sullivan deserves credit here too. If Tampa Bay gets him, they are getting a very good coach on offense.

  17. jakek2 says: Feb 10, 2012 3:53 PM

    Hello Peyton.

  18. kd75 says: Feb 10, 2012 3:54 PM

    @jaltreality. Simple. Because every single head coach had an opportunity early in their careers and they should know how it feels to climb the assistant ladder to the top.

    Nobody likes losing coaching talent, but Wizenhunt should feel proud that someone wants his guy.

    As for his contract status. Assistant coaches don’t have g’teed contracts. If a guy you trust and like enough to want to keep gets an opportunity, why would you want to deny him the chance.

    Even if he doesn’t get the job, the interview alone is valuable experience for assistant coaches.

    That’s just how I see it.

  19. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Feb 10, 2012 3:55 PM

    Greg Schiano and all this discipline talk smacks of LaGarrett Blount left, LaGarrett Blount right, then left again. Not exactly the offensive garden spot.

    What about Jimmy Raye?

  20. lolb23 says: Feb 10, 2012 4:05 PM

    Blocking an assistant from interviewing is a jerk move. Every head coach started out as an assistant and they should remember their big break and not stand in somebody’s way to better themselves and their family.

    Looking at you Whisenhunt.

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    NOBODY wants to coach for Bucs. Schiano won’t last 2 years. And when he’s unemployed so will be everyone who decides to go with him.

    All these guys getting “blocked” don’t want the job, so the team instead takes the fall. Then next time a real team comes knocking these guys don’t look like jerks for openly turning crappy Bucs offer down.

    Why would anyone leave a job coaching Larry Fitzgerald to coach Punch Out Blount?

  21. tuckyous says: Feb 10, 2012 4:30 PM

    I’d send Gilbride gift wrapped to Tampa if they don’t hire Sullivan

  22. sammyias says: Feb 10, 2012 5:05 PM

    “Giants coach Tom Coughlin did not have to let Sullivan interview for the coordinator job”

    Class act, as it should be. No one should ever hold someone back from bettering themselves, or getting their shot because of contractual obligations.

    Then again, on second thought … what about players? So I can understand both sides of the issue.

    Have to appreciate Coughlin/Giants, and the other organizations that let an assistant interview for a position of upgrade. I wouldn’t expect the same gesture to be given to a back-up player to interview for a starting position on another team (without compensation), so when an assistant is given that opportunity you can appreciate the respect that is given.

  23. petedutcher says: Feb 10, 2012 5:10 PM

    lolb23 says: Feb 10, 2012 4:05 PM

    NOBODY wants to coach for Bucs. Schiano won’t last 2 years. And when he’s unemployed so will be everyone who decides to go with him.

    All these guys getting “blocked” don’t want the job, so the team instead takes the fall. Then next time a real team comes knocking these guys don’t look like jerks for openly turning crappy Bucs offer down.

    Why would anyone leave a job coaching Larry Fitzgerald to coach Punch Out Blount?

    That’s entirely not true. Tampa is one of the top locations to coach right now…top half of the teams at least.

    State of the art stadium. The most advanced training facility. Franchise young qb. Dedicated owners. Great talent.

    You know nothing about the Bucs. Go to sleep, little boy.

  24. buchopeful says: Feb 10, 2012 6:58 PM

    Dedicated owners? I love my Bucs but lets keep it real here. Them boys are bean counters not interested owners. GO BUCS!

  25. bucforever says: Feb 10, 2012 8:01 PM

    Sign him quick!!

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