Belichick, Tampa Bay to meet about post


NEW YORK -- Bill Belichick, the highly regarded architect of the New York Giants' Super Bowl defense, will be interviewed for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' head coaching job. Both clubs indicated yesterday the request to talk to Belichick was imminent.

"I've said repeatedly I'd be interested in talking to anyone interested in talking to me," Belichick, a 38-year-old defensive coordinator, said yesterday. "But I'd want any announcement to come from the teams."

Giants coach Bill Parcells already has lost two assistants even before the Super Bowl trophy needs its first polishing. He said after the victory, though, he would allow any assistant to leave for another NFL team as head coach.

Tom Coughlin, the receivers' coach, accepted the head coaching job at Boston College. Then Ray Handley, who directs the running backs, said he would attend law school this year at George Washington.

The only other NFL head coaching job open is in Cleveland. Belichick said he had spoken to them about that post after the 1988 season. He also was interviewed by the Phoenix Cardinals after the 1989 season.

The Browns have not yet made a request to interview Belichick, although there have been reports they are interested in talking to him. Calls to Browns' officials were not returned yesterday.

Belichick, who got his start breaking down game films for the Baltimore Colts in the mid-1970s, is six years younger than the NFL's youngest head coach, Art Shell of the Raiders. But Belichick is well known to Buccaneers officials. Their director of player personnel, Jerry Angelo, was a Giants scout for five years.

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