NFC South: Ben McAdoo

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.
After getting turned down in their request for permission to interview Arizona Cardinals assistant John McNulty and the Green Bay Packers' Ben McAdoo for their offensive coordinator position, it appears the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are working on some other possibilities.

Alex Marvez reports that Ron Turner and Bill Lazor are being considered for the job. Turner was the Chicago Bears' offensive coordinator from 2005 through 2009 and spent the past two seasons as an assistant with the Indianapolis Colts. Lazor currently is offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of Virginia, but has worked previously as an NFL quarterbacks coach.

This hire might be the most important one new coach Greg Schiano makes because it’s critical for the Bucs to get franchise quarterback Josh Freeman and the offense back on track after a disappointing 2011 season.

Marvez also reports that Schiano will be hiring three of his former assistants from Rutgers: Bob Fraser (linebackers), Brian Angelichio (tight ends) and Jeff Haley (assistant defensive backs coach).

P.J. Fleck, another former Rutgers assistant, who had a one-day stop as Northern Illinois' offensive coordinator, reportedly already has agreed to be Tampa Bay's wide receivers coach.

Bucs getting blocked on assistants

February, 7, 2012
It certainly appears as though new Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano is having a challenging time putting together a staff of assistants.

The latest example of this comes from this report that says the Green Bay Packers denied permission for the Bucs to speak to tight ends coach Ben McAdoo about becoming offensive coordinator.

McAdoo is at least the second offensive coordinator candidate the Bucs have been blocked from interviewing. The Arizona Cardinals previously denied permission for offensive assistant John McNulty, a former Schiano assistant at Rutgers, to interview for the job.

It also was reported Monday that University of Florida defensive coordinator Dan Quinn turned down a position with the Bucs, presumably as the defensive line coach.

The Bucs have not made any official announcements about any hirings of assistants. The only assistant known to have accepted a position is wide receivers coach P.J. Fleck, another former Rutgers assistant.

The Bucs appear to be in line to add several other Rutgers assistants, but nothing definite has happened yet. There also has been speculation from the moment Schiano was hired that he’d be joined by former NFL and college head coach Butch Davis as defensive coordinator, but nothing has been announced on that move.

Although Tampa Bay was extremely thorough in its search for a head coach -- the process took more than three weeks -- it appears the late start has put Schiano at a disadvantage when it comes to filling out a staff. Most assistant jobs have been filled across the league, and teams are trying to hold onto what they have. Quinn turned down a chance to get back into the NFL, and Rutgers reportedly is doing its best to keep as many assistant coaches as possible.

One of the knocks on former Tampa Bay coach Raheem Morris was that he lacked a strong stable of assistants, especially after firing experienced coordinators Jim Bates and Jeff Jagodzinski during his first season. It’s starting to look like the late start might make it tough for Schiano to assemble a quality staff.
The NFC South doesn't have a team in the Super Bowl. But it's got almost a full team of coaches.

Take a look at Green Bay's coaching staff and take a look at Pittsburgh's coaching staff. Between the two teams, there are 37 coaches. Twenty of them have either coached or played for an NFC South team and that includes Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy and Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin.

Here's a look at each staff and its NFC South ties.

Green Bay
  • McCarthy. Assistant coach with Saints, 2000-04.
  • James Campen, offensive line. Played for the Saints, 1987-88.
  • Dom Capers, defensive coordinator. Head coach Carolina Panthers, 1995-1998.
  • Tom Clements, quarterbacks. Assistant coach for the Saints, 1997-99.
  • Jerry Fontenot, assistant offensive line. Played for the Saints, 1997-2003.
  • Kevin Greene, outside linebackers. Played for the Panthers, 1996, 1998-99.
  • Ben McAdoo, tight ends. Assistant coach for Saints, 2004.
  • Chad Morton, special teams assistant. Played for the Saints, 2000.
  • Winston Moss, assistant head coach/linebackers. Played for the Buccaneers, 1987-90 and assistant coach with the Saints, 2000-05.
  • Darren Perry, defensive backs. Played for the Saints, 2000.
  • Jimmy Robinson, wide receivers. Assistant coach with Falcons, 1990-93 and assistant coach with Saints, 2004-2005.
  • Mike Trgovac, defensive line. Assistant coach with Panthers, 2002-08.
  • Joe Whitt Jr., cornerbacks. Assistant coach with Falcons, 2007.
  • Tomlin, 2001-05
  • Bruce Arians, offensive coordinator. Assistant with Saints, 1996.
  • James Daniel, tight ends. Assistant with Falcons, 1997-2003.
  • Al Everest, special teams. Assistant with Saints, 2000-05.
  • Garrett Giemont, conditioning coordinator. Assistant with Buccaneers, 2003-06.
  • Scotty Montgomery, wide receivers. Played for Panthers, 2000.
  • Kirby Wilson, running backs. Assistant for Buccaneers, 2002-03.