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Clements, Philbin interview for Bucs' head-coaching job

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As expected, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' head-coaching search made its way to two Green Bay Packers assistants on Thursday.

Packers quarterbacks coach Tom Clements completed an interview during the morning, and offensive coordinator Joe Philbin was interviewing during the afternoon, according to a league source.

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The Bucs had hoped to wrap up the first round of interviews by the weekend. The team's plan is to whittle down the list for a second round of interviews and complete that process next week.

The coaches became available to interview following the Packers' loss to the New York Giants in the divisional round of the playoffs.

Philbin coached in that game and has interviewed for head-coaching positions following the drowning of his 21-year-old son in Wisconsin. Philbin has interviewed with the Miami Dolphins and is one of three finalists for the job. The Oakland Raiders also would like to interview him for their head coaching vacancy, though no meeting is scheduled yet.

The Bucs have already interviewed Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski, Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray and former NFL head coaches Mike Sherman, Brad Childress and Marty Schottenheimer.

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