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01-09-2006, 12:17 AM

Staff, QB Situation Top Bucs' Agenda
By ROY CUMMINGS rcummings@tampatrib.com

Published: Jan 9, 2006

TAMPA - The only thing harder than piecing together a playoff team is keeping it together. The Bucs know from experience.

In the wake of their second consecutive trip to the playoffs in 2000, Tony Dungy's Bucs lost guard Frank Middleton, cornerback Donnie Abraham, defensive end Chidi Ahanotu, and assistant coaches Herm Edwards and Lovie Smith.

They didn't seem to be the most devastating of losses, but a year later the Bucs won one fewer game, and their first-round exit from the playoffs with yet another loss at Philadelphia resulted in Dungy's firing.

Only time will tell, of course, but the current Bucs might be in danger of suffering a run of personnel losses similar to the 2000 team.

Defensive line coach Rod Marinelli (Kansas City) and secondary coach Mike Tomlin (Minnesota), are already drawing interest from teams in need of defensive coordinators, and free agency also could rob the Bucs of a few players.

It all adds up to a busy offseason for the Bucs, who were pushed out of postseason play Saturday when they lost a 17-10 decision to the Redskins at Raymond James Stadium.

How the Bucs will prioritize matters remains uncertain. It's likely, though, that topping their list will be solidifying a coaching staff that General Manager Bruce Allen has readily referred to as the best in the league.

Allen was believed to be meeting with Marinelli on Sunday, possibly hoping to get him back under contract before new Chiefs coach Herm Edwards can extend Marinelli an offer to become his defensive coordinator.

Tomlin is believed to be among the assistants that new Vikings coach Brad Childress would like to add to his staff. Other suitors for Tomlin also could emerge.

The Bucs also have several offensive coaches whose contracts expire in the coming weeks, including line coach Bill Muir and running backs coach Art Valero.

While solidifying their coaching staff, the Bucs also must start to determine what potential unrestricted free agents they want to re-sign and how to go about keeping quarterback Chris Simms.

Simms is a restricted free agent, which means any team signing him would have to compensate the Bucs with draft picks. But the Bucs probably want to determine Simms' value themselves, so re-signing him might be a top priority.

The group of unrestricted free agents includes starters such as right tackle Kenyatta Walker, nose tackle Chris Hovan and place-kicker Matt Bryant, and reserves such as cornerback Juran Bolden and receiver Ike Hilliard.

01-09-2006, 12:21 AM
We need to announce Herm quickly, so we can atleast make this guy an offer.

01-09-2006, 12:22 AM
Hell, just make him an offer.
He, like everyone else, knows that Herm is our HC.

01-09-2006, 02:18 AM

Lions to talk to Bucs' Marinelli
By RICK STROUD, Times Staff Writer
Published January 9, 2006


TAMPA - Bucs defensive line coach Rod Marinelli is scheduled to interview for the Lions head coaching job today in Detroit.

Considered one of the top assistants in football, Marinelli's contract with Tampa Bay is set to expire later this month.

Marinelli, 56, has no head coaching experience but has worked at the collegiate and pro level for 29 seasons.

An innovative instructor, Marinelli has guided some of the league's top defensive linemen since joining the Bucs in 1996, including Warren Sapp, Simeon Rice, Anthony McFarland and Greg Spires.

The Lions have said they will not confirm or deny interest in any candidate until he becomes a finalist.

Marinelli, also the Bucs' assistant head coach, was unavailable for comment Sunday night.

The Bucs seemed resigned to losing Marinelli, whom the team denied permission to interview for defensive coordinator positions with the Colts, Jets and Bears during the past few seasons because he was too valuable to their success.

"These guys are going to get the opportunity and I hope they do because they're very deserving," said defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, who signed an extension through '07. "Rod Marinelli can coordinate, Rod Marinelli can be a head coach. Hopefully he'll get a chance to interview."

The Lions reportedly have interviewed their interim coach, Dick Jauron, former Saints coach Jim Haslett and Broncos offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak. Other candidates include 49ers linebackers coach Mike Singletary, Bills defensive coordinator Jerry Gray, Chiefs offensive coordinator Al Saunders and Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera.

Joe Seahawk
01-09-2006, 02:21 AM
I'm guessing the Lambs will interview him too..