I wrote a piece the other day about what the Bucs might possibly do if Defensive Coordinator Monte Kiffin were to leave the Buccaneers and follow his son to work at the University of Tennessee. That article was more of a speculatory piece, but it is looking and more and more likely that Monte will depart the Bucs and do just that.
Chris Mortenson was reporting on Sunday morning that Kiffin would continue to be the defensive coordinator for the rest of the season and then step down and head to the Vols.
The Bucs seem kind of perturbed with the talk of Monte’s departure, not because he is leaving, but because it is a distraction to the current progress we are making on the field.
“It’s not fair to our players. Tonight is not about Monte Kiffin, okay? It’s about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, our defensive football team, Jon Gruden, our offense, our special teams in a great, great win and we are 9-3. So why would we want to talk about that?”
It also appears as though the Bucs have been well aware of a situation like this occuring for quite some time.
“Monte and I have talked about this,” said Bruce Allen. “Obviously, when Lane went to coach the Raiders and then prior to that when Lane was almost going to get the University of Minnesota head coaching job. These conversations aren’t anything new.
“Monte and I have addressed the different issues over the years in terms of whether he’d coach with his son or things of that nature. He never contemplated coaching with the Raiders.”
I highly doubt the Bucs would try and block a move to the Vols due to the Jon Gruden’s relationship with the University.
Pewter Report mentions the same main candidates that I mentioned in my previous article: Raheem Morris, Gus Bradley (linebacker coach, not mentioned in my piece), Larry Coyer and potentially Rod Marinelli.