COLUMBUS, OH - FILE: Head coach Jim Tressel of the Ohio State Buckeyes watches from the sideline as his team plays the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium on November 27, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio. The Indianapolis Colts announced September 2, 2011 that they have hired Jim Tressel as a consultant after the former Ohio State head coach resigned on May 30 following the revelation that his players had received inappropriate benefits. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
Now that the Dolphins have hired Joe Philbin as their new head coach, the only teams left that have asked permission to interview Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Indianapolis Colts. According to sources the Buccaneers were close to hiring Oregon Ducks head coach Chip Kelly but the deal fell through late Sunday so technically Zimmer is still in the running.
He's also in the running for the Colts head coach job as Jim Caldwell was fired following a 2-14 season. However, according to former Colts head coach Tony Dungy, who joined "The Dan Patrick Show" on Monday, former Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Jim Tressel may have a good shot at becoming the Colts' new head coach.
Dungy also weighed in on the Colts’ coaching situation. He said owner Jim Irsay focuses on someone and goes with it. Dungy said he’s hearing what everyone else is hearing, that Jim Tressel has a chance to land the job.
Of course this doesn't really mean anything right now and there isn't any way to know what's going to happen, but it's something worth keeping an eye on. Both the Buccaneers and the Colts have, or will have, a young and talented quarterback that needs to be groomed (that is if the Colts draft Andrew Luck like they're supposed to) and a defensive head coach may not be what the Colts or Bucs need right now.
There should be some sort of announcement in the coming days as to who gets hired as the new head coach for the Bucs and the Colts so stay tuned.