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Bucs initiates AAC interview process with multiple candidates

The Bucs are starting the groundwork to find their next offensive coordinator by interviewing two candidates this week. They have interviews with some coaches from different teams coming up. Pewter Report reports that the Bucs are interviewing Vikings’ wide receiver coach McCardell.

Pewter Report can also confirm this the reports of Jeremy Fowler and Rick Stroud that the Bucs requested permission to interview Jaguars passing game coordinator Jim Bob Cooter and Broncos passing game coordinator Klint Kubiak for the position.

Vikings WRs coach Keenan McCardell – Photo by: USA Today

The clock is ticking for Tampa Bay as there are several teams seeking to fill the same position.

McCardell’s history of playing and coaching

McCardell had a 16-year career as a wide receiver in the NFL. He played in 209 games, making 883 catches for 11,373 yards and 63 touchdowns. McCardell played for the Browns, Jaguars, Bucs, Chargers and Washington along the way.

His time with the Bucs was quite memorable, as he was with Tampa Bay when they won Super Bowl XXXVVII. The Bucs defeated the Raiders 48-21 and McCardell had two touchdowns in the game. McCardell won two Pro Bowls in his career, one with the Jaguars in 1996 and the other with the Bucs in 2003.

To begin his coaching career, McCardell coached wide receivers at the 2010 East-West Shrine game and was hired by Washington soon after. He then attended the University of Maryland for two seasons where he coached star wide receiver Steffon Diggs. McCardell had a stint with the Jaguars before signing as the wide receivers coach for the Vikings in 2021.

Jaguars Pass game coordinator Jim Bob Cooter

Jaguars pass game coordinator Jim Bob Cooter – Photo by: USA Today

Even after Mike Zimmer was fired, McCardell stayed with the team with new head coach Kevin O’Connell. McCardell has had the privilege of coaching one of the best wider receivers in the game, Justin Jefferson, among others.

Cooter’s coaching history

As one of the coaches responsible for grooming quarterback Trevor Lawrence with the Jaguars, they saw an improvement in efficiency, finishing 10th in the league with 232.9 yards per game. They also placed 10th in points per game with 23.8.

Cooter has previous experience as an offensive coordinator. He took over for the Lions midway through the 2015 season and held that role through the 2019 season.

Kubiak’s coaching history

Broncos Pass game coordinator Klint Kubiak

Broncos pass game coordinator Klint Kubiak – Photo by: USA Today

Kubiak is the oldest son of former coach Gary Kubiak. After a number of different roles, Kubiak became the Broncos’ quarterbacks coach for the final six games of the 2017 season.

The following year, he filled the same role for the Vikings, eventually replacing his father as offensive coordinator in 2021 when he retired.

After the Vikings hired Kevin O’Connell as their head coach, Kubiak moved back to Denver, as the quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator under head coach Nathaniel Hackett.

Bucs needs several coaches

As the Bucs search for their next offensive coordinator, they also need other offensive coaches. They will have to fill the coaching staff as quarterback, running back, wide receiver and other roles.


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