NFL Nation: Randy Melvin
The Bucs tried to interview McNulty for their offensive coordinator spot last season, but Arizona refused to grant permission. McNulty previously worked for coach Greg Schiano at Rutgers.
“It’s an exciting hire for our coaching staff,’’ Dominik said. “He has a lot of respect in coaching circles. Coach Schiano knows him personally. He’ll work closely with (offensive coordinator) Mike Sullivan and (quarterback) Josh Freeman. He’s another great mind to work with our offense. He’s been a quarterbacks coach before, he’s been a receivers coach before and he’s called plays before. He’s a well-rounded offensive mind.’’
McNulty has previously spent time with Jacksonville, Dallas as well as Rutgers and Arizona.
Dominik also said that reports that defensive line coach Randy Melvin had been fired were inaccurate.
“Randy Melvin is our defensive line coach,’’ Dominik said. “He has never been fired or terminated from his contract. He’s handled this extremely well. Randy Melvin is our defensive line coach for 2013.’’
Dominik said the Bucs still are looking to hire a wide receivers coach and a defensive backs coach. He said he hopes to have those spots filled next week.
It’s only natural to take every big projection for McCoy with some caution. After all, the guy has been expected to be a superstar since the moment the Bucs used the third overall draft pick on him in 2010. It’s just that the sum of what McCoy has done in his first two seasons comes nowhere close to the superstar level.
In 2010, he went through some of the usual rookie struggles and, just as he appeared to be catching on, his season ended with a biceps injury. McCoy also showed plenty of promise last preseason and got off to a solid start. But McCoy tore his biceps again and missed the final 10 games of last season.
Once again, McCoy is showing the skills that made him such a big-time prospect coming out of Oklahoma and that has caught the attention of his new coach.
“I think Gerald has really practiced well,’’ Schiano said. “I think he’s got elite get off. When I say that, I mean, I haven’t been around a lot of guys like that, maybe two or three. We just need to keep working and developing the technique things and I think he’d be further along had he not had the injuries both years. Repetitions are what let you get good at those techniques. [Defensive line] Coach [Randy] Melvin and [defensive front seven] coach Bryan Cox are working hard with him and I think he can be really a special player.’’
The Bucs really need McCoy to be a special player as they go through some transition on their defensive line. They need McCoy and second-year defensive end Adrian Clayborn to be the anchors as they find the other parts. Defensive tackle Brian Price, who was traded to Chicago last week, is gone and the Bucs are looking for Roy Miller or Gary Gibson to take over at nose tackle. Defensive end Da'Quan Bowers will be sidelined for at least half the season as he recovers from a torn Achilles tendon. The Bucs have Michael Bennett as their other first-team defensive end. Bennett, Miller and Gibson have a chance to be nice role players.
But if the Bucs really are going to have a good defensive line, they need McCoy and Clayborn to be special players. More importantly, they just need McCoy to be able to stay on the field.
Here it is:
- Bill Sheridan, defensive coordinator
- Ron Cooper, defensive backs coach
- Bryan Cox, front seven coach
- Bob Fraser, linebackers coach
- Jeff Hafley, assistant defensive backs coach
- Tem Lukabu, defensive quality control coach
- Randy Melvin, defensive line coach
Sheridan has been a linebackers coach in the NFL, and served as defensive coordinator for the New York Giants in 2009. Cooper has been with LSU the past three years, where he coached cornerback Morris Claiborne, who could be available to the Bucs with the No. 5 pick in the NFL draft.
Cox, a former NFL linebacker, has spent the past six years with the Jets, Browns and Dolphins. Cox worked with Sheridan when they were in Miami.
Fraser is following Schiano from Rutgers. Fraser worked as defensive coordinator, defensive line coach and linebackers coach for the past six years at Rutgers. Hafley and Lukabu also are coming from Rutgers. Hafley was defensive backs coach at Rutgers last season, and also coached the secondary at Pittsburgh and several small colleges before that. Lukabu spent the past two seasons coaching outside linebackers at Rutgers.
Melvin most recently coached in the Canadian Football League, but he also has a deep history at the NFL and college levels. Melvin coached with Bill Belichick in New England and Romeo Crennel in Cleveland. Melvin spent the 2010 season with Schiano at Rutgers, and was at Temple the previous year.
The Bucs haven’t officially announced their offensive staff yet, but we know Mike Sullivan is the coordinator, and the names of most of the other assistants have been reported at various times. The Bucs still are looking for a quarterbacks coach.
Also, Schiano announced at the scouting combine Thursday that Bob Ligasheski has been hired to coach special teams. Ligasheski previously has coached special teams in Jacksonville, Pittsburgh, Denver and Oakland.
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Doug Farrar of Football Outsiders takes an in-depth look at the Cardinals' improving offensive line. He also wonders why officials rarely call offensive holding against the Steelers' opponents.
Bob Baum of the Associated Press checks in with Cardinals backup quarterback Matt Leinart.
Stephen Holder of the St. Petersburg Times says the Cardinals plan to stick with their passing game.
Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic looks at how Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt made roster changes to help Arizona change its losing ways.
Bob Young of the Arizona Republic checks in with Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson, who stayed in Arizona when others bailed.
Craig Harris of the Arizona Republic details how some Cardinals fans are planning to attend the game on a budget.
John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle looks at Hue Jackson's candidacy as the 49ers' potential offensive coordinator.
Michelle Smith of the San Francisco Chronicle says former 49ers offensive lineman Chris Dalman has stepped down as the offensive line coach at Stanford, citing a desire to spend more time with family.
Kevin Lynch of Niner Insider considers whether Scott Linehan turned down the 49ers' offer to become offensive coordinator because he didn't like the situation at quarterback.
Ann Killion of the San Jose Mercury News asks whether the 49ers would have followed the same path this offseason had they known Jon Gruden and Mike Shanahan would become available, and had they known the search for an offensive coordinator would last so long.
Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times continues his look at the Seahawks and Steelers since Super Bowl XL.
Also from O'Neil: Another installment in the series.
John Morgan of Field Gulls makes a case against Seneca Wallace as the Seahawks' starting quarterback.
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch looks at the Rams' efforts to fill out their coaching staff. Randy Melvin and Bill Muir are potential candidates.
Also from Thomas: Former Rams coach Mike Martz shoots down rumors that the Patriots have shown interest in him.
Steve Korte of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch looks at the Rams' new coordinators.
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