Sources: Joe Philbin to talk with Bucs

Updated: January 17, 2012, 6:34 PM ET
By Chris Mortensen | ESPN

Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin has decided to interview for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coaching position this week, league and team sources said.

Philbin recently interviewed with the Dolphins for their coaching vacancy, before the shocking death of his son last week. A league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter on Tuesday that Philbin will be brought back for a second interview with Miami.

Along with Philbin, Tampa Bay received permission to interview Packers quarterbacks coach Tom Clements, a league source told Schefter. The interview is expected to take place later this week.

The Bucs are conducting a number of interviews in Dallas to accommodate a more convenient travel schedule.

At the conclusion of this round of interviews, primarily for coordinators who have never held head coaching positions in the NFL, the Bucs expect to make a short list of finalists who will undergo second interviews.

The Bucs have not ruled out an interview next week of coordinators from the two Super Bowl teams.

After firing Raheem Morris the day after the regular season ended, Bucs co-chairman Joel Glazer said the team would go through an exhaustive search. Most of the candidates have been older and that's apparently because the Bucs wanted to go in the opposite direction of Morris, who was the league's youngest head coach.

Besides the two Packers assistants, among the candidates who have or will interview for the position are former head coaches Brad Childress, Marty Schottenheimer and Mike Sherman and current coordinators Rob Chudzinski (Carolina Panthers), Jerry Gray (Tennessee Titans) and Mike Zimmer (Cincinnati Bengals).

Chris Mortensen is ESPN's senior NFL analyst. Information from ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter and ESPN.com NFC South blogger Pat Yasinskas was used in this report.

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