Buccaneers interview former Super Bowl champion for vacant position

Keenan McCardell, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
Keenan McCardell, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images) /

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have completed their interview with a member of the Buccaneers 2002 Super Bowl championship squad for offensive coordinator.

With the Tampa Bay Buccaneers letting go of Byron Leftwich, they find themselves with a vacancy at offensive coordinator. Obviously, they need to find the right candidate for the job if they want to recapture glory. Speaking of glory days, the Buccaneers completed an interview this week with a key member of the 2002 Super Bowl championship team.

Keenan McCardell ranks 25th all-time in receptions with 883. Those 883 amounted to 11,373 yards and 63 touchdowns, so it’s safe to say McCardell was a talented ballplayer. He’s near and dear to the hearts of Bucs fans thanks to his two touchdowns in Super Bowl XXXVII, the franchise’s first Super Bowl crown.

Fast forward to 2023, and there’s a chance he can help the Buccaneers win more.

McCardell was hired to be a part of Mike Zimmer’s staff, but was retained by Kevin O’Connell after the 2021 season to remain the wide receivers coach of the Minnesota Vikings for 2022 (if not beyond). It’s easy to see why, considering what Justin Jefferson, and other Vikings wide receivers for that matter, have done in recent years.

Should the Buccaneers hire McCardell, there’s a chance an already talented wide receiver room can become even better, and that can only help the offense as a whole, no matter who is playing quarterback. This will also please those who subscribe to the Bruce Arians-style of throwing the football with McCardell being a former receiver.

At the end of the day, there is a plethora of places the Tampa Bay Buccaneers can go to fill their vacant offensive coordinator position. With that said, going with Keenan McCardell, a former champion in Tampa Bay who has a pretty good coaching track record, is something fans can almost certainly get behind.

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