Bucs still searching for D-coordinator

February, 11, 2012
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers got their offensive coordinator with the hiring of Mike Sullivan on Friday night, but it looks like their quest for a defensive coordinator will linger on.

The Bucs reportedly wanted to interview San Francisco defensive backs coach Ed Donatell for their job as defensive coordinator, but the 49ers refused to grant permission. University of Florida defensive coordinator Dan Quinn previously turned down an offer to take the position with the Bucs.

This isn’t the first time the Bucs have had other teams block requests to talk to candidates as they’ve attempted to fill out their staff. Arizona denied permission to talk to John McNulty and Green Bay did the same with Ben McAdoo for the offensive coordinator spot.

Soon after Greg Schiano took over as head coach there was wide speculation that Butch Davis would be his defensive coordinator. Schiano had worked for Davis at the University of Miami and the two remain close. But the Bucs reportedly are hiring Davis as a senior assistant to Schiano and he will have no coaching duties. Davis reportedly prefers that situation because taking on coaching duties would have interfered with his severance package from the University of North Carolina.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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