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Bucs casting a wide net in search for offensive coordinator

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TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 28: Head coach Lovie Smith of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looks on in the second half of the game against the New Orleans Saints at Raymond James Stadium on December 28, 2014 in Tampa, Florida. The Saints defeated the Bucs 23-20. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

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No one goes into a hiring process planning for a rush job, but the Buccaneers have to be particularly deliberate while filling their vacant offensive coordinator post.

With the top pick in the draft and a possible franchise quarterback like Marcus Mariota on the way, this is one coach Lovie Smith simply has to get right.

So that’s why they’re expected to conduct a thorough search, beginning with some of the staffs of the most recently fired coaches in the NFL.

According to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, the Bucs initial list is expected to include Dirk Koetter of the Falcons, Greg Roman of the 49ers and Marty Mornhinweg of the Jets, and possibly even fired Bears head coach Marc Trestman.

We mentioned their interest in Koetter yesterday, and it’s unlikely the Falcons would be opposed.

Trestman’s an intriguing possibility, though he could be on the Jaguars list as well. He was able to coach Bucs quarterback Josh McCown into free agent riches, so it’s clear he can work with what’s there.

Other coaches who could fall under the wide net the Bucs are planning to cast include former head coaches Rob Chudzinski and Brad Childress, the Chiefs’ senior offensive assistant.

The decision is important enough to make the Bucs pass on an invitation to coach the Senior Bowl, but its importance goes far beyond a week in Mobile.