Buccaneers To Interview Jake Peetz For OC

With Dave Canales taking a quick route to a head coaching job, the Buccaneers need to find a new play-caller. Yet again, a Sean McVay staffer is in the mix for a promotion.

The Bucs are planning to sit down with Jake Peetz this week, according to NFL.com’s Mike Garafolo. After a 2021 stint at LSU, Peetz has been back in the NFL — as a Rams pass-game specialist — for the past two seasons.

Peetz could have multiple promotion opportunities this offseason. The Rams have lost quarterbacks coach Zac Robinson, one of this cycle’s most popular coordinator candidates, to the Falcons. But a coordinator gig represents a higher rung on the coaching ladder. This Tampa Bay opportunity marks the first Peetz interview request during this year’s hiring period.

Peetz, 39, worked under McVay for a season in Washington (2014) and was on each of Jack Del Rio‘s three Raiders staffs over the next three years. After a season at Alabama, Peetz resurfaced as the Panthers’ running backs coach under Ron Rivera. Matt Rhule kept Peetz on and moved him to QBs coach in 2020, Carolina’s Teddy Bridgewater year, but saw him become LSU’s offensive coordinator in 2021. The SEC school ranked 80th in scoring offense under Peetz in 2021; the team fired Ed Orgeron that year, and Peetz made his way back to the NFL soon after.

The Rams have Mike LaFleur in place as McVay’s top offensive assistant, and no HC or OC requests have come in for the ex-Jets play-caller. With Robinson gone and Peetz on the coordinator radar, LaFleur’s status looms as critical for a team that will once again need to replace a coordinator — after Raheem Morris became the new Falcons HC.

Courtesy of PFR’s Offensive/Defensive Coordinator Tracker, here is how the Bucs’ OC search looks so far:

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