A year ago, head coach Greg Schiano tried to hire Arizona Cardinals coordinator John McNulty as his offensive coordinator but was blocked by the Cardinals. Now that Arizona has cleansed itself of the Ken Whisenhunt regime, Schiano finally has hired McNulty in Tampa Bay.
The Buccaneers have announced that McNulty will serve as the new quarterbacks coach in town, taking over for Ron Turner who bolted for the head coaching job at Florida International. General Manager Mark Dominik announced the move, saying McNulty will closely work with offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan in 2013.
“(McNulty) will come in here and work closely with Mike Sullivan, obviously work with Josh Freeman, and bring another really great mind to this offense to continue to develop our Buccaneer offense,” Dominik said. “Sullivan was able to interview him, he felt just as comfortable and as confident as Greg (Schiano) did in terms of his ability, so that’s why it was an exciting hire.”
There was some fear that Sullivan would be hired elsewhere in the NFL, as the Bears called him in for their head coaching vacancy before eventually hiring Marc Trestman. The fact that McNulty is working closely with Sullivan suggests that the Bucs are preparing a plan in case Sullivan is lured away from Tampa next season.
McNulty served as Greg Schiano’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach during his last three years at Rutgers. The university tried to hire McNulty after Dave Brock took a head coaching job at Deleware.