There’s another name to add to the list of coaching candidates in Chicago.
Mike Garafolo of USA Today reports that the Bears have asked for and received permission to interview Buccaneers offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan for their head coaching vacancy. He joins Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and Falcons special teams coach Keith Armstrong as reported candidates for the job that Lovie Smith held for nine seasons before getting fired on Monday.
Sullivan just completed his first year as the offensive coordinator in Tampa. The Bucs were much improved from 2011, although the additions of running back Doug Martin and wide receiver Vincent Jackson had plenty to do with that. Quarterback Josh Freeman put up good numbers for much of the year as well, with the caveat that his play wasn’t quite good enough to get head coach Greg Schiano to fully commit to Freeman on Monday.
Before moving to Tampa, Sullivan spent eight years on Tom Coughlin’s staff with the Giants. He was wide receivers coach for the first six years and the quarterbacks coach in 2010 and 2011. Sullivan graduated from the U.S. Army Airborne, Ranger and Air Assault schools after graduating from West Point and before going into coaching almost 20 years ago.