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Updated Jan 31, 2012 - 10:59 am

Tampa Bay not giving up on adding Cardinals assistant

New Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano would like to hire away Arizona Cardinals WR coach John McNulty, presumably to be his offensive coordinator.

McNulty is under contract with the Cardinals, however, and the team has refused to let him interview for the job, meaning Schiano and his team should be moving on to another candidate. Or not.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, the Bucs still hope they'll be able to pry McNulty away from Arizona.

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 Bidwill. But it's hard to imagine the Cardinals reversing course at this point.

Chances are the Bidwills will not go behind their coach's back and let McNulty interview for the job, but it the fact that the team's WR coach is being courted to be another squad's offensive coordinator speaks volumes about what kind of staff Whisenhunt has assembled.


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