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Mike Zimmer Watch: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Are Starting To Eliminate Candidates

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TAMPA - JULY 31:  The training facility of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during Training Camp at One Buccaneer Place on July 31 2010 in Tampa Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
TAMPA - JULY 31: The training facility of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during Training Camp at One Buccaneer Place on July 31 2010 in Tampa Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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Strong movement is finally taking place regarding Tampa Bay's head coaching search. According to multiple sources the Buccaneers are eliminating candidates Thursday morning (I guess they read our Banter) that are no longer being considered, starting with Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray. Additionally there appears to be reports that Tampa Bay is down to two candidates with Mike Sherman being the only known finalist that received a second interview. The other candidate is widely believed to be Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski.

Polling everything together into a picture, there appears to be a very good chance we'll hear a significant update regarding Mike Zimmer's status with the Buccaneers on Thursday.

Zimmer has been a candidate for multiple head coaching vacancies this offseason, from St. Louis, Miami, Indianapolis and Tampa Bay. Once Jeff Fisher took the job in St. Louis, the Miami Dolphins and Indianapolis Colts eventually found their coaches with Tampa Bay taking their sweet time to come up with a decision.