Bucs coaching rumors: Mark Dominik says team still days away from decisions

Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager says the team is two to three days away from making any hires for their opening coaching positions.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been relatively quiet this offseason, but general manager Mark Dominik said the team has been interviewing candidates for vacant coaching positions and is still two to three days away from making any decisions.

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The Buccanners have had a fair amount of coaching staff turnover this offseason, despite heading into just the second year under Greg Schiano. Former quarterbacks coach Ron Turner left to become the head coach at Florida International while wide receivers coach P.J. Fleck left to become the head coach of Western Michigan. Former defensive backs coach Ron Cooper also left for a college job, as he became the secondary coach and assistant head coach at South Florida.

Tampa Bay has already begun to fill the holes, as it hired John McNulty as the quarterback coach. McNulty spent the last four seasons with Arizona, first as a wide receivers coach then as a quarterback coach last season. This isn't the first time Tampa Bay tried to hire McNulty. Schiano wanted to hire him as the offensive coordinator last season, but the Cardinals blocked the move. McNulty coached with Schiano at Rutgers from 2004 to 2006.

The Bucs may also be close to filling their wide receiver coach opening, as John Garrett is rumored to be leaving Dallas for Tampa Bay. Garrett coached the Cowboys' tight ends for four seasons before shifting to a role as the passing game coordinator for the last two seasons.

If Garrett does indeed fill the wide receivers role as expected, that leaves the Bucs searching only for a defensive backs coach. Tampa Bay finished last in the NFL in passing yards allowed, giving up 297.4 yards per game. The Bucs allowed 30 passing touchdowns last season, fourth-worst in the league.

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