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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers fired Dirk Koetter after three seasons. Koetter was the first coach canned after the 2018 season. The search for the next Bucs head coach is underway.
Only a day into the process and reports have identified a handful of candidates including some up-and-coming coordinators and former head coaches.
Find all of the Buccaneers head coaching updates below.
Arians entering negotiations with Buccaneers
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Bucs are focusing on Arians and the two will be entering negotiations soon.
Buccaneers interviewed Bruce Arians Saturday morning
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced that they interviewed Bruce Arians Saturday morning. The third coach to complete an interview with the organization.
Bucs have ‘real interest’ in Bruce Arians
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that the Buccaneers could meet with Arians soon. The interest is mutual between both parties.
JoeBucsFan.com: Buccaneers to announce head coach no later than Tuesday
According to JoeBucsFan.com, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers plan to announce their next head coach no later than Tuesday.
The site believes that Bruce Arians will be named the next head coach, but they cannot confirm with complete certainty.
Cowboys DC to interview with Buccaneers after Wild Card Weekend
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Buccaneers will interview the defensive coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys, Kris Richard.
Richard is an extremely popular candidate and already has multiple interviews lined up.
Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly linked to Buccaneers job
David Haugh of 670 The Score, a Chicago radio station reported that the Bucs were interested in Brian Kelly.
Later, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reported that Tampa Bay had no plans to interview Kelly.
Eric Bieniemy to interview with Bucs on Wednesday
According to Ian Rapoport, the Bucs are in Kansas City to interview Bieniemy. He will also interview with the New York Jets, Cincinnati Bengals and Miami Dolphins.
La Canfora has a brain fart, Buccaneers didn’t request to interview Patriots DC Brian Flores.
After reporting that the Bucs had an interview set up with Patriots defensive coordinator Brian Flores, Jason La Canfora admitted that he made a mistake. The Bucs will not be interviewing him, the Broncos will be instead.
According to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora, the Bucs plan to interview Patriots defensive coordinator Brian Flores.
Flores is a hot name as he has lined up interviews with multiple teams already. He would be another coach from the Bill Belichick coaching tree.
George Edwards requested by Bucs for interview
The Minnesota Vikings have had one of the best defenses in the league since 2016, and much credit goes to their defensive coordinator George Edwards.
Tampa Bay requested to interview Edwards. A defensive-minded candidate, he would be a drastic change from Koetter.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that the interview will take place on Friday.
Buccaneers request to interview Chiefs OC Eric Bieniemy
In his first season as play-caller for the Kansas City Chiefs, Eric Bieniemy has the number one scoring offense in the league.
The Eagles and Bears had success with Andy Reid’s disciples of late, could the Bucs try to mimic that success?
Licht mentions that the hire will come will outside of the organization
Offensive coordinator Todd Monken and defensive coordinator Mark Duffner will not be candidates for the head coaching job.
General manager Jason Licht made it clear in his press conference on Monday.
"We’re going to look outside the organization for this hire. I think there’s some good football coaches here, really good football coaches here on staff. But we’re going to give this new head coach the ability to decide whether or not to retain them and they’ll be able to seek employment elsewhere in that timeframe if they so choose."
Buccaneers linked to Bruce Arians and other veteran head coaches
The first domino to fall in the Bucs coaching search was the news that Bruce Arians would listen to an offer from the organization.
Arians initially said back in November that he would only consider an offer with the Cleveland Browns. However, his relationship with Licht may have made Tampa Bay a destination for the former head coach as well.
No detailed reports just yet about a possible Arians interview, but he is a name that is popular among the Buccaneers faithful.
Along with Arians, Alex Marvez of SiriusXM reported that Jim Caldwell and Jack Del Rio might be potential candidates for Tampa Bay.
Dirk Koetter lead candidate for Atlanta Falcons OC position
No surprise, but Dirk Koetter may be back in the NFL very soon, and with the Buccaneers’ division rival.