The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in full on search mode for their next head coach and it appears that the Buccaneers could be zeroing in on 68-year old Marty Schottenheimer. Several reports suggest that the former San Diego Chargers head coach will interview with the team on Tuesday.
Schottenheimer has a very successful record of turning teams around, however, he has not coached in the NFL since being fired by the San Diego Chargers after the season in a clash of personalities with Chargers GM A.J. Smith. Schottenheimer posted a 14-2 record with the Chargers in 2006.
The venerable head coach has won where ever he has coached in the NFL, but has be given the label of not being able to get his teams to the next level, and has never reached the Super Bowl. An exceptional motivator, Schottenheimer has a 200-126-1 overall coaching record, but he is 5-13 in post season play.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are currently as rudderless as the pirate ship in their north endzone, and bringing in a head coach like Schottenheimer might not be a bad move right now. This is a team which needs some direction. Entering into the 2011 season, several analysts predicted that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were going to qualify for the playoffs. Instead, a four-win season and losing ten straight games to finish the year is what resulted.
Tampa needs to move away from the players coach Raheem Morris was, they need leadership. They need experience. Marty Schottenheimer would bring some gravitas to the Buccaneers coaching position, he’d bring along his “gleam“, but you have to question the fact that he has been out of the NFL coaching realm since the 2006 season.