The Buccaneers have been silent on assistant coaches since hiring head coach Greg Schiano.
Now that the Super Bowl is over and Schiano’s had time to work quietly behind the scenes, I think it’s just a matter of days (maybe even hours) before we start getting official announcements on the hiring of assistants.
Word already leaked out that former P.J. Fleck, a former Schiano assistant at Rutgers, will be joining the Bucs as the wide receivers coach.
There have been rumblings from the moment Schiano was hired that former NFL and college head coach Butch Davis would join him as defensive coordinator. Makes sense, because Schiano worked for Davis at the University of Miami.
There also have been reports that Rutgers offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti and defensive coordinator Bob Fraser could be joining Tampa Bay’s staff, although it’s possible they would come as position coaches and not coordinators.
I know there’s some concern among Tampa Bay fans that Schiano’s staff could basically be a reunion of the Rutgers staff, leaving the Bucs with a shortage of assistants with NFL experience.
But I say it’s wise not to jump to any conclusions. Soon enough, we’ll find out who the Bucs are hiring. My guess is there will be some assistants with Rutgers backgrounds, but you’ll also see some with NFL experience on their resumes.