Buccaneers using search firm to help find next head coach

Jason Licht, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, (Photo by Will Vragovic/Getty Images)
Jason Licht, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, (Photo by Will Vragovic/Getty Images) /

After a decade of subpar hires, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers owners are turning to a search firm to help find the right head coach.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coaching search has begun.

Tampa Bay fired head coach Dirk Koetter on Sunday evening, marking it the team’s fourth termination since 2011.

The Bucs decided to keep general manager Jason Licht, despite his 27-52 record. Licht will hire his second head coach since becoming GM, a rare opportunity for someone in his position.

With Licht in tow, the Bucs will be able to move through the offseason more smoothly. Ownership should be on board with Licht’s plan.

In hopes to finally find the right man to bring the Buccaneers back into the playoffs, the organization will have general manager Jason Licht and the search firm Korn-Ferry to assist, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

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Korn-Ferry is a popular consultant for NFL owners. They have been a part of many hires. Some successful like Pete Carrol, Andy Reid, and Dan Quinn.

Others, not so much. Korn-Ferry assisted the New York Jets when they decided to hire general manager John Idzik and Cleveland’s Hue Jackson as Joe Banner, a former NFL President mentioned on Twitter.

For many, hiring a search firm doesn’t seem like a good sign. It comes off as an inability to find a correct candidate. For an organization that hasn’t made the playoffs in over a decade, showing signs of cluelessness won’t make a frustrated fan base happy.

For the Glazer family, they may not know which direction to turn to next. They tried their hand at an out of the box hire with Greg Schiano. They turned to a former NFL coach in Lovie Smith. Their latest hire was a successful coordinator in Koetter.

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There still hasn’t been much word about potential candidates, but NFL reporter Benjamin Albright mentioned that former Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians would be at the top of the Buccaneers list.