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Bucs to interview Lions passing game coordinator Tanner Engstrand

TAMPA ― The decision by Lions offensive coordinator Ben Johnson to remain in Detroit and not consider head-coaching jobs with the Commanders and Seahawks may pay off for the Bucs.

Tampa Bay will interview Lions passing game coordinator Tanner Engstrand for its vacant offensive coordinator job.

Engstrand would have been a good candidate to take over the play-calling duties from Johnson had he opted to leave the Lions.

Instead, Engstrand will interview with the Bucs to replace Dave Canales. He met with the Patriots last week concerning their offensive coordinator position.

On Tuesday, the Bucs announced they interviewed Texans quarterbacks coach Jerrod Johnson (who ended up staying with Houston) and former Eagles offensive coordinator Brian Johnson.

Rams passing game coordinator Jake Peetz is scheduled to meet with the Bucs on Thursday.

Engstrand, 41, is a former quarterback at San Diego State. He got into coaching as a graduate assistant under Jim Harbaugh at the University of San Diego.

Engstrand was instrumental in quarterback Jared Goff leading the Lions to the NFC title game, where they lost to the 49ers on Sunday. Goff had an unbelievable season, passing for 4,575 yards and 30 touchdowns with 12 interceptions.

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