According to sources in Tampa, the Buccaneers are still interested in Bengals Defensive Coordinator Mike Zimmer for their vacant head coaching position. The Tampa Tribune states that Zimmer will get a second interview, though apparently several others will as well:
The Bucs are scheduling second interviews from a list of known candidates that include former Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, former Vikings coach Brad Childress, former Browns, Chiefs, Redskins and Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer, Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray, Packers quarterbacks coach Tom Clements and Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski.
Former Packers coach Mike Sherman is also a “finalist.”
This second round appears to be in response to the team being spurned by their first choice, Oregon head man Chip Kelly.
Reactions: Zimmer has my full endorsement, though I won’t cry too hard if he’s snubbed. Right now, I just want these teams to make up their minds already. While I realize they are doing their due diligence and trying to find the best man for the job, they are really screwing everyone else around in the midst of Senior Bowl preparations. If we are to lose Zimmer, the sooner the better so that appropriate replacements can be found before the available coaching talent is snapped up elsewhere.
Gotta also feel for Zimmer considering that Jay Gruden, a coordinator for all of one year, is turning down Head Coaching interviews even after he’s on record as saying he’s staying put.