NFC South: Alfred Roberts
- Free-agent defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin, who spent last season with New Orleans, visited the Falcons on Monday. I’d say this one is just due diligence and, if anything is going to happen, it will come after the draft. Atlanta needs some depth in the middle of the defensive line, but isn't desperate. The Falcons have Corey Peters, Jonathan Babineaux and Peria Jerry. Peters has had a very nice first two seasons. Babineaux had a quiet 2011; Jerry has never come close to his potential since suffering a knee injury early in his rookie season. Franklin has some history with new defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, so he could be an option if the Falcons aren’t satisfied with their situation at defensive tackle after the draft.
- The Saints and general manager Mickey Loomis are denying a report that he had the ability to eavesdrop on opposing coaches from 2002 through 2004. But, John DeShazier writes, the news causes another distraction for a franchise that already has plenty of them as a result of what the NFL says was a three-year bounty program.
- Here’s a statement from Loomis in which he emphatically denies the report.
- Jim Haslett, who coached the Saints during the period in which Loomis allegedly had the ability to listen to opposing coaches, said he had no knowledge of Loomis actually doing so.
- Mike Triplett writes that the news on Loomis probably won’t get the general manager fired. He might be right. Saints owner Tom Benson has stood by Loomis through the Vicodin scandal a couple years ago and through the bounty program that’s dominated the headlines for more than a month. There haven’t been any indications the latest allegations will change Benson’s mind.
- Ron Green Jr. writes that Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly could make an instant impact if the Panthers take him at No. 9 in the NFL draft. No argument here. Kuechly had a highly productive college career and comes with very few questions. It’s rare that you can say that about a prospect near the end of the top 10. Plus, Carolina owner Jerry Richardson and general manager Marty Hurney really like guys that come with no obvious questions.
- Tampa Bay’s coaching change affected more than the Bucs. It also affected the football team at Tampa’s Plant High School, which has been a state and national power in recent years. With former tight ends coach Alfredo Roberts joining the Colts, his son, Austin Roberts, a top college prospect at tight end, is leaving Plant’s program. But the Panthers are getting receiver/defensive back Tristan Cooper. His father, Ron Cooper, is the new defensive defensive backs coach for the Bucs.
They sent out a release this morning announcing they finalized their 2010 coaching staff. Most of the moves were reported over the past few weeks. But if you missed any of them, here’s a look at how Tampa Bay’s coaching staff now stands:
- Raheem Morris -- Head Coach
- Greg Olson -- Offensive Coordinator
- Richard Bisaccia -- Associate Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator
- Joe Baker -- Linebackers Coach
- Tim Berbenich -- Assistant Wide Receivers Coach
- Tim Holt -- Offensive Assistant Coach
- Jay Kaiser -- Assistant to the Head Coach
- Chris Keenan -- Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach
- Jimmy Lake -- Defensive Backs Coach
- Steve Logan -- Running Backs Coach
- Pete Mangurian -- Offensive Line Coach
- Chris Mosley -- Defensive Assistant Coach
- Alfredo Roberts -- Tight Ends Coach
- Kurtis Shultz -- Head Strength and Conditioning Coach
- Dwayne Stukes -- Assistant Defensive Backs Coach
- Alex Van Pelt -- Quarterbacks Coach
- Todd Wash -- Defensive Line Coach
- Eric Yarber -- Wide Receivers Coach
Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas
TAMPA, Fla. -- New coach Raheem Morris put the final pieces of his coaching staff in place Wednesday as the Bucs announced a series of moves.
Steve Logan, who had previously been hired by the team, although his position was uncertain, has been named running backs coach. Logan previously worked with new offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski at Boston College.
Alfred Roberts has been hired as the tight ends coach. Roberts previously coached with the Browns and Jaguars. Chris Mosley, who previously worked on the college level, was hired as the assistant offensive line coach.
The Bucs also announced a couple of title changes. Richard Bisaccia is now associate head coach and special teams coordinator, and Richard Mann added the title of assistant head coach along with his duties as wide receivers coach. The team also announced that Jay Kaiser will be the assistant to the head coach.
In case you missed any of the previous moves, here's the updated list of Tampa Bay's coaching staff:
Raheem Morris - Head Coach
Jim Bates - Defensive Coordinator
Jeff Jagodzinski - Offensive Coordinator
Richard Bisaccia - Associate Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator
Richard Mann - Assistant Head Coach/Wide Receivers
Joe Baker - Defensive Backs Coach
Joe Barry - Linebackers Coach
Tim Berbenich - Assistant Running Backs Coach
Ejiro Evero - Defensive Quality Control Coach
Jay Kaiser - Assistant to the Head Coach
Chris Keenan - Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach
Steve Logan - Running Backs Coach
Pete Mangurian - Offensive Line Coach
Chris Mosley - Assistant Offensive Line Coach
Robert Nunn - Defensive Line Coach
Greg Olson - Quarterbacks Coach
Alfredo Roberts - Tight Ends Coach
Kurtis Shultz - Head Strength and Conditioning Coach
Dwayne Stukes - Assistant Defensive Backs Coach
Todd Wash - Defensive Line Coach