Christensen takes over Bucs' offense

Dungy promotes coach of QBs to coordinator

Pro Football

January 28, 2001|By ORLANDO SENTINEL

TAMPA, Fla. - Tony Dungy's search for an offensive coordinator ended at the office down the hall.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen was promoted Friday to the position Dungy made vacant Jan. 9 when he fired Les Steckel. Christensen, who turns 43 today, will be the Bucs' third offensive coordinator in as many seasons.

Steckel was fired after the Bucs lost in the first round of the playoffs.

"There were some good people out there who could have come in from the outside," Dungy said. "I just felt the best way we could take the good things we did in 1999 and the good things from 2000 and extend that on and get better, that this was the way to go."

Dungy also interviewed former Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye and ex-Cleveland Browns coach Chris Palmer.

Christensen, the University of Maryland's quarterbacks coach in 1992-93, was not on hand for the news conference announcing his promotion. Dungy said Christensen would be made available this week, along with a new quarterbacks coach.

The hiring of Christensen will allow the Bucs to maintain the core of their system, though Dungy wants Christensen to put his "twist" on it.

"He definitely has things in mind," Dungy said.

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