FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2016, file photo, Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith watches his team take on the Carolina Panthers during an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C. The Buccaneers fired Smith on Wednesday night, Jan. 6. Smith went 6-10 this year
Bob Leverone, File
January 08, 2016

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have announced they will interview Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott and Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin for their vacant head coaching position.

Carolina has finished in the top 10 in defense the last four years under McDermott and led the league this year in takeaways.

Goodwin has served as the Cardinals coordinator since 2013 and his offense was the best in the league this season in terms total yards, averaging 408.3 per game.

The Panthers and Cardinals earned the No. 1 and 2 seeds in the NFC playoffs, respectively.

Bucs general manager Jason Licht said Thursday that offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter is a strong candidate to replace Lovie Smith, who was fired after a 6-10 season.


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