NFC South coaching roundup

January, 23, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

Some very interesting things going on in the world of assistant coaches and head coaches that could have a pretty big impact on the NFC South.

First, the Kansas City Chiefs have fired head coach Herm Edwards. Look for his name to pop up in connection with Carolina's vacancy at defensive coordinator. Edwards is a good coach, plus he's got one other thing no other candidate has -- he played in the same secondary with Carolina coach John Fox at San Diego State many years ago.

A high-profile hire like Edwards might make the recent exodus of most of Carolina's defensive staff look a lot better.

Elsewhere, Scott Linehan is going to be Detroit's offensive coordinator. Depending on what side you believe, the Bucs weren't sold on Linehan or he wasn't sold on them. That leaves Tampa Bay searching for an offensive coordinator.

The Bucs are talking to New England tight ends coach Pete Mangurian and Chan Gailey and Rob Chudzinski also are believed to be on the short list. It's clear new coach Raheem Morris wants an experienced coach to run his offense.

In that vein, let's throw out one other name. There has been no indication the Bucs have approached Dan Reeves, but maybe they should. Reeves has expressed an interest in returning to coaching and is talking to the 49ers about their offensive coordinator spot. Hiring someone like Reeves to run the Tampa Bay offense would be a little like what Fox did when he first came to Carolina with a defensive background in 2002. He went out and hired Dan Henning, who had been a head coach and had tons of offensive experience. That formula worked out very nicely, at least for a few years.

One other update, Mike Trgovac, who left Carolina to "explore other possibilities'', apparently has found one. Trgovac's set to join the Packers as defensive line coach. That's not exactly a step up.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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