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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Coaching Search: Glazers Are Scraping the Bottom of the Barrel

Have Joel and Bryan Glazer lost their minds? Marty Schottenheimer, Mike Sherman, Brad Childress and Wade Phillips are in the running for the Bucs' job? Really?

It's understandable that the Glazers, the owners of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, want the anti-Raheem. After the farce of a football team he and GM Mark Dominik put together, experience should certainly be a premium.

It's one thing to look for an experienced coach. It's another to interview Brad Childress. If there was one coach any more wrong for the franchise than Childress, I can only think of one name - Wade Phillips. Oh, he's interviewing, too?

What in the wide wide world of sports is going on over there in One Buc Palace?

You say thanks but no thanks to Jeff Fisher (who then in turn says he had zero interest in coaching in Tampa Bay - yeah, sure Jeff, was that before or after the Glazers answered your call with laughter?), Then interview a young, up-and-coming coordinator in Jerry Gray (at least he's been a coordinator for a while).

Then, this coaching search suddenly hit some black ice and our Buc wagon is careening toward the cliff-side.

The list is a who's who of meh.

Mike Sherman - fired from Green Bay after turning a Super Bowl contender into a 4-12 team and fired from Texas A&M after for lack of a better term - sucking.

Brad Childress - Who talked Brett Favre out of retirement twice and was mutinied against by his players.

Wade Phillips - Who was fired not once, not twice but three times from NFL coaching gigs. The fourth time is a charm?

Now, there's rumors that they've installed a hoveround path for Marty Schottenheimer to interview. What? Marv Levy was unavailable? Chuck Noll said thanks but no thanks? Don Shula said he'd rather be golfing?

It would take an act of Tim Tebow for any of these guys to turnaround the Bucs.

In 2002, the Glazer boys went on what I like to call Bryan and Joel's Magical Mystery Tour, to find a coach. They finished with Jon Gruden, a lot lighter in the pockets and crippling the franchise with a loss of four high draft picks.

Somehow, this feels worse. This feels cheap. This feels like these owners could care less about their fanbase and are looking for the lowest common denominator that they can pass off as a credible coaching candidate.

This feels like the recent downturn in Man U has the boys in panic mode and its all hands on deck for Manchester.

Tampa? Who cares, they only make us a few hundred million. Man U brings in billions. Give those idiot Bucs fans some old name they've might have heard of, they'll be happy.

I'm sorry Bryan and Joel - the jig is up. Find the Bucs fans a real coach - not some washed up never was that was run out of his NFL city for suckitude.

Give me a Brian Billick - at least he's won a Super Bowl. Give me a Tom Clements or Mike Zimmer. Hell, I'll even take a Mularkey over this bunch of geriatric goobers.

Maybe that's their masterplan. Interview the worst coaching candidates possible so Bucs fans can see how bad it could possibly be - then hire a coordinator with some potential.

Yeah, that must be it. Right?

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