Buccaneers to talk to Mike Zimmer

January, 13, 2012
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We’ve got another name in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' search for a head coach. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the Buccaneers have received permission from the Cincinnati Bengals to speak to defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer.

Since the firing of Raheem Morris, there’s been speculation that Zimmer might be on Tampa Bay’s list. He’s expected to interview soon and, as I wrote earlier, there could be other candidates.

The Bucs already have interviewed former head coaches Mike Sherman, Brad Childress and Marty Schottenheimer and Tennessee defensive coordinator Jerry Gray. They seem to be intent on getting a coach with a lot of experience.

Zimmer fits that profile. He’s been an NFL assistant since 1994 and had stops in Dallas and Atlanta before joining the Bengals in 2008. Zimmer, 55, previously coached on the collegiate level at Missouri, Weber State and Washington State.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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