Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Breaking down Tampa Bay's staff
By Pat Yasinskas
Now that the entire coaching staff of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is officially in place, let’s take a look at some interesting tidbits.
If you include Butch Davis, who officially is a special assistant to head coach Greg Schiano, the Buccaneers have a staff that includes five coaches who have served as a head coach at the NFL or college level.
Schiano previously was a head coach at Rutgers. Davis was a head coach for the Cleveland Browns, the University of North Carolina and the University of Miami. Defensive backs coach Ron Cooper was a head coach at Eastern Michigan, Louisville and Alabama A&M. Offensive line assistant Steve Loney was head coach at Morehead State, and quarterbacks coach Ron Turner was a head coach at San Jose State and Illinois.
Trivia question for you: What else to those five men have in common? They all were head coaches for a longer time than former Tampa Bay coach Raheem Morris, who had never been a head coach before the Bucs promoted him in 2009.
Also, including Davis, the Bucs have staff members that have been defensive coordinators at the NFL or college level. Schiano was defensive coordinator at the University of Miami. Davis was defensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys. Defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan was the coordinator for the New York Giants in 2009. Cooper was defensive coordinator at several college stops. Linebackers coach Bob Fraser was defensive coordinator at Rutgers.
The Bucs also have five staff members that have been offensive coordinators at the college or NFL level. Senior offensive assistant Jimmy Raye has been offensive coordinator for multiple NFL teams. Tight ends coach Brian Angelichio was offensive coordinator at Ithaca. Offensive line coach Bob Bostad was co-offensive coordinator at San Jose State. Loney was offensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings and at several colleges. Turner was offensive coordinator with the Chicago Bears.