The Army football team struggled in a loss to rival Navy to end their season, and as a result they’ll be looking for a new head coach. And according to a report, Mike Sullivan (the Buccaneers’ offensive coordinator) is expected to be interviewed.
Here’s the tweeted report from Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports.
Among candidates expected to interview w/Army for vacant HC job is Buccaneers OC Mike Sullivan, a candidate the last time the job was open.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) December 16, 2013
This would mark the second offseason in a row for Sullivan as a head coaching candidate for another team. Last season, Sullivan was courted by the Chicago Bears before they decided to hire Marc Trestman.
Obviously Army is a step down from the Bears, but it proves that Sullivan is still a desirable commodity in the coaching market despite his team’s offense struggling to score points this season. And it’s a job that Sullivan is welcome to, considering that it will be the second time he’s interviewed for the position.
As Greg Auman points out, that’s likely due to his connection to the school.
Bucs offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan played defensive back while at Army, also coached there as an assistant in 1995-96, 1999-00.
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) December 16, 2013
So why has Sullivan been unable to direct the Tampa Bay offense to new heights during his time with the team? And why is he so apparently willing to interview for other jobs? Sullivan was a highly respected coach before coming to Tampa Bay, as he was seen as a crucial cog in the development of Eli Manning.
But after a season like the 2013 Buccaneers’ season, his reputation can’t be very high considering the performance of the offense he’s tasked with leading. Moving to Army and having more control over schemes and personnel might be a wise move for Sullivan, who doesn’t seem to have the right players to run his offense in Tampa Bay.