News broke a few days ago that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had hired Greg Schiano to be their new head coach. Moving on from Rutgers, Schiano was then given the task of putting together a coaching staff that would not only be able to aid him, but one that would help his team succeed. One of the first people that he looked towards was Arizona Cardinals wide receivers coach, John McNulty.
McNulty had spent time with Schiano at Rutgers and was considered a strong candidate to get the offensive coordinator job in Tampa Bay. However, the Cardinals denied the Bucs permission to interview McNulty, which prompted an appeal to upper management, namely president Michael Bidwill.
According to Kent Somers, that appeal was denied as well and McNulty is almost certainly coming back to the desert.
Many believe that it was Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt who blocked the initial interview request from the Buccaneers. He obviously values McNulty quite a bit and was not willing to put his place on the team at risk.
Also of note is that the Cardinals are currently looking for a quarterbacks coach. The offseason has been in full swing for about a month for Arizona and many of the premiere coaching candidates have already been scooped up by other teams. If McNulty were to leave, the Cardinals would have two coaching vacancies to fill.
Somers also notes that McNulty has experience not only with the wide receivers, but also as a quarterbacks coach and a game planner. His versatility and past success were not unnoticed and for that, we will likely see him back on the sidelines with the Cardinals again next season.
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