The search for offensive coordinator started for the Bucs, leading the way are Dirk Koetter and Marc Trestman.
Ive previously listed eight names as possible candidates with interim offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo, Mike Martz, Ron Turner, Mike Tice, Rob Chudzinski, Greg Roman, Bill Musgrave and Randy Fichtner.
According to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, the Bucs initial list include Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Koetter, New York Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, former Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman, and San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Roman.
Here is an analysis of the first batch of candidates, not already covered.
Koetters experience prior to the Falcons in the NFL was with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2007. The Jaguars offense ranked seventh in the league in his debut, but never cracked the top 10 again before bottoming out in his final year with the team at 32nd in 2011.
Koetter was hired by then Falcons head coach Mike Smith to run the offense in 2012. The team finished eighth overall in his debut season (sixth in passing and 29th in rushing). The team finished 14th and 8th, respectively, the next two seasons. While the Falcons strived in their passing (seventh in 2013 and fifth in 2014), the rushing continued to struggle (32nd in 2013 and 24th in 2014).
Quarterback Matt Ryan continued to thrive under Koetter continuing his streak of 4,000 plus yard seasons and over 25 touchdowns during his tenure. With Smiths firing, Koetters status is pending the front offices decision to retain the remaining staff. But Stroud doesnt expect the Falcons from restricting contact for interviews.
Mornhinwegs 20 years in the league make him one of the most experienced of the candidates. Hes had stints with the Green Bay Packers as a position coach (1995-1996), Niners as an offensive coordinator (1997-2000), Detroit Lions as head coach (2001-2002), Philadelphia Eagles as position coach/offensive coordinator (2003-2012), and the Jets (2013).
As Niners OC, they ranked in the top 10 three times, best overall in 1998 and 1999. The Lions didnt benefit from this when he became their head coach in 2000. The Lions were 28th and 29th in offense for a combined 5-27 before getting fired.
Mornhinweg was hired by the Eagles in 2003 as senior assistant, later promoted to assistant head coach in 2004. He became their offensive coordinator in 2006. The Eagles finished in the top 10 five times, reaching top five three times, in his seven year stint as coordinator.
When the Eagles didnt retain head coach Andy Reid, Mornhinweg became Jets offensive coordinator in 2013 under Rex Ryan. The Jets ranked 25th and 22nd in offense under his watch. With Ryan gone, Mornhinweg could find his way back in the NFC.
While my first coordinator piece centered around coaches with ties to Smith, Trestman does have history with the Bucs as their quarterbacks coach in 1987 working with Heisman Trophy winner Vinny Testaverde.
Trestman, who was Smiths successor, could have another opportunity to coach another Heisman winner if selected in Oregons Marcus Mariota.
Trestmans NFL experience spans nine teams with various stints as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Much of Trestmans stints in the 1990s were among the most successful coaching the likes of Bernie Kosar, Scott Mitchell, Jake Plummer and even Rich Gannon to his lone MVP season on his way to Super XXXVII. He also served a consultant to New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton in 2007.
During Trestmans stint as offensive coordinator/QB coach with the Browns (1988-89), the team ranked 18th and 16th in offense. In his stint in the same positions with the Niners (1995-1996), the team ranked 2nd and 6th, respectively. With the Arizona Cardinals (1998-2000), the team ranked 13th, 29th, and 24th in offense. With the Oakland Raiders (2001-2003), the team ranked 7th, 1st, and 25th. With the Bears (2013-2014), the team ranked 8th and 21st.
One other factor in bringing Trestman to the team is his history with turning journeymen the Bucs Josh McCown and Gannon into winners.