Bucs Still Working To Grab John McNulty From Cardinals

Published: January 31st, 2012
By Buccaneers Gab

The Tampa Bay Times reports that the Bucs are still working hard to try and get John McNulty away from the Cards to come to Tampa Bay.

Greg Schiano was a dealt a tough blow when the Arizona Cardinals declined the team’s request to interview Cardinals receivers coach John McNulty for the position of offensive coordinator. McNulty served on Schiano’s staff at Rutgers from 2004-08 and was the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach during his last three seasons with the Scarlet Knights.

Considering the investment the Bucs have in quarterback Josh Freeman, offensive coordinator is arguably the most critical hire on Schiano’s staff, it’s believed that Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt made the call on prohibiting McNulty from interviewing with the Bucs. Because it’s such an important hire, the Bucs still are working behind the scenes to acquire McNulty, the Times confirmed. The effort may include an appeal directly to Cardinals owner Bill Bidwell, but it’s hard to imagine the Cardinals reversing course at this point.