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January 13, 2012

Rob Chudzinski will meet with Tampa Bay

The Rob Chudzinski 2012 Winter Tour now has a scheduled stop in Tampa.

Chudzinski, the Panthers' offensive coordinator, remains a hot candidate for head-coaching jobs. After interviewing for openings in Jacksonville and St. Louis, Chudzinski next will meet with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, an NFL source said Friday.

Tampa Bay's interest in Chudzinski was first reported by NFL.com.

Chudzinski, 43, met with the Rams on Thursday and could wind up in St. Louis if the Rams fail to land Jeff Fisher, who is choosing between St. Louis and Miami.

Losing Chudzinski to any team would be a blow to the Panthers. But seeing him jump to a division rival would be especially tough for a Panthers organization that experienced an offensive resurgence with the arrival of first-year coach Ron Rivera, Chudzinski and rookie quarterback Cam Newton.

But the Panthers have granted Chudzinski permission to talk with the Bucs, who are looking for a replacement for Raheem Morris. Rivera, who interviewed for eight other head-coaching vacancies before the Panthers hired him last winter, said last month the Panthers would be familiar with Chudzinski in the event he ended up in Tampa Bay.

Tampa Bay has talked to a couple of head-coaching re-treads in Marty Schottenheimer and Mike Sherman. But the Bucs' search appears to have shifted. Tampa Bay also has received permission to speak with Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, according to reports.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on January 13, 2012 at 01:04 PM | Permalink


This is stupid! Why is it this organization finally gets a good OC and now he has the potential to be gone after one season? Is he just going to bounce around the league to see who wants his brain? For crying out loud just stay in Carolina Chud. We need you!

Posted by: paul | Jan 13, 2012 2:22:20 PM

I don't understand why it's common practice to let coordinators under contract interview anywhere for head coach positions. It's like allowing players to interview elsewhere for a more prominent role on another team.

Posted by: Rodger | Jan 13, 2012 2:40:29 PM

Can't blame Chud for wanting to move up, I still think he's a bit green to be a head coach. Unless, I'm wrong, he only has 3 years as an OC, two with the Browns, and one here. A year ago, he was a TE coach and on no one's radar as a head coach.
Making him a head coach is a reach, I think.
He's a great OC, but that has a lot to do with Newton, his offense here will not work elsewhere unless they have another Newton.

Posted by: Kenny | Jan 13, 2012 2:42:58 PM

Looks like ESPN is confirming that Fisher is heading to St. Louis. 1 down, 1 to go to keep Chud

Posted by: JPhanatic10 | Jan 13, 2012 3:10:13 PM

Yet another blog that Joe can file away under the "I spoke to soon category". Regarding his statement the Jags decision should keep Chud in Charlotte.

I think the Observer needs new "sources".

Posted by: Ron | Jan 13, 2012 3:29:25 PM

Hey JPhanatic. Joe does a great job. Easy to lob insults about a man's career from behind a computer screen.

Posted by: PantherHead | Jan 13, 2012 4:10:41 PM

Hey Pantherhead, be sure to lob your insults at the correct computer screen. I think the Observer does a fine job.

Posted by: JPhanatic10 | Jan 13, 2012 5:59:59 PM

Rodger, teams don't allow coaches to interview for a lateral move, but a move upward, it's a must, otherwise, we'll never get the good ones to come here.

Posted by: Ben | Jan 13, 2012 10:36:33 PM

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