There seems to be even more speculation swirling with regards to the rank an file under and above Raheem Morris today. Rick Stroud, of the St. Petersburg Times is reporting via his twitter account that Pro Personnel Director Doug Williams has interviewed with Southern University, a rival to his alma mater Grambling St., where he coached and played before returning to become part of the Bucs front office. Williams’ contract with the Bucs is set to expire in Febuary. Stroud goes on to state that Williams has not decided whether or not he will accept the head coaching job, but could seek a second interview with school officials before any announcement is made.
With rumors floating around that Williams will not be retained by the Bucs, more specifically general manager Mark Dominik, should Dominik survive the cluster fudge that has become known as the 2009 Bucs campaign after the team was such a disappointment throughout most of the season. It appears Williams’ sees the writing on the wall – is looking to secure a pay check in a weak economic rescission while he still can and before he becomes one of the many that might end up falling on the sword so other can continue to be employed in the NFL.
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Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen, of ESPN.com are speculating based on earlier reports about the possibility of Bill Cowher coaching the Bucs in 2010, that associate head coach/special teams coach Rich Bisaccia is expected to leave the staff. The report considers the likely landing spot for Bisaccia to be the University of Tennessee’s coaching staff, but that he could also get looks as a college head coach.
Two other coaches who were brought in at the bequest of recently demoted defensive coordinator Jim Bates could also be shown the door, in Defensive line coach Robert Nunn and defensive backs coach Joe Baker who are more adapt at the two gap scheme then the current one-gap scheme being run under the guidance of Morris.
Of course, I just don’t see how the team would allow Bisaccia to leave or even interview for another position unless his contract is up. When you consider the best unit by far this entire season has been the special teams under the watchful eye of Bisaccia, one would think that even Bill Cowher would want some kind of continuity around, if he is indeed being tapped at the next coach of the Bucs.
More then anything, most of the reports, more specifically the Cowher report is being refuted by local media, which at this time is fueling the later reports on the assistant coaches jumping ship, like rats from a sinking ship.
The only thing that is concrete at the moment is Doug Williams has interviewed and is contemplating leaving the Bucs to become head coach at Southern University.