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January 12, 2011 @ 10:00 am
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Bucs Move On From Wash

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Charlie Campbell

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The Buccaneers have continued to make changes to their coaching staff. Defensive line coach Todd Wash will not be back next season. Wash’s contract expired and the team will look for a new defensive line coach.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers continue to make changes to their coaching staff with defensive line coach Todd Wash being another coach not brought back for next season. PewterReport.com has learned from sources that after three years as Tampa Bay's defensive line coach Wash will not be brought back for a fourth season. Wash’s contract expired after the 2010 regular season and the team will not sign him to an extension.

The Bucs are likely be looking to replace Wash after the team struggled to rush the quarterback over the past few seasons. Tampa Bay has not had a double-digit sack defender since Simeon Rice in the 2005 season. In 2010 the Buccaneers finished second to last in the NFL with 26 sacks. The Bucs defense was led by defensive end Stylez White with 4.5 sacks for the season.

Tampa Bay has also struggled up front in run defense. In 2009 the Bucs were last in the NFL in defending the run, and in 2010 they improved slightly to finish with a ranking of 28th. The Buccaneers invested heavily in the defensive line in the 2010 NFL Draft by selecting defensive tackles Gerald McCoy and Brian Price in the first and second round, respectively. Both rookies finished the season on injured reserve.

Tampa Bay's 2009 third-round pick, defensive tackle Roy Miller, started all 16 games and totaled 60 tackles with two tackles for a loss, one sack, and three quarterback pressures. McCoy started 13 games while recording three sacks, 43 tackles, six tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles, and 17 pressures. Bucs general manager Mark Dominik and head coach Raheem Morris also selected defensive end Kyle Moore in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Moore started seven games last season and played in 15 games in his first two seasons but has not recorded a sack.

Wash took over the defensive line coaching duties from Larry Coyer in the 2008 season. In 2007, Wash was Coyer’s assistant with the Buccaneers after both were hired by former head coach Jon Gruden and defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin following a 4-12 2006 campaign. During the 2009 season Wash and Robert Nunn coached the Bucs defensive line. After last season, Nunn left the team to coach with the New York Giants. Nunn was originally brought to the team to work with then defensive coordinator Jim Bates.

Over Wash’s three years (2008-2010) as the defensive line coach with Tampa Bay the most sacks produced by a Bucs defender was 6.5 by the late Gaines Adams in the 2008 season and White’s 6.5 sacks in 2009.

On Tuesday, a report from Minneapolis said the Bucs had offered the defensive line coaching job to Vikings defensive line coach Karl Dunbar. The Vikings defense has been led by a productive front four featuring the likes of Pro Bowl defensive end Jared Allen and defensive tackle Kevin Williams, in addition to defensive tackle Pat Williams and defensive end Ray Edwards. Dunbar was with Minnesota since the 2006 season under former head coach Brad Childress’ initial staff.

Yesterday, special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia took the same job with the San Diego Chargers and the Bucs elevated Dwayne Stukes to the special teams coordinator position.
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    Our defensive line just collectively sucks and I won't even waste time reading this article to see why PR thinks so... Miller was helpful when he was added to the rotation to stop the run. They also need help from the Linebackers though - who have improved in run defense as well. Not about them though... Lets talk about not even having a guy on our squad get half way to 10 sacks? Sad. The Tampa 2 relies on a four man pass rush primarily - correct? Well we need to address this dire need through the draft or free agency. I had it listed as our number one need last offseason with that thought in mind... I hope McCoy, Price, and Miller find their way as a unit next year. I don't think we need to draft another DT. We need a real life pass rusher and there are a few in this draft. Why not bring in a coach with experience running the Tampa 2? He could coach up the D Line to pass rush... I mean it be would thing if our D Line got penetration and over pursued on the run but they don't they rarely control the line of scrimmage...
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    i guess you're right...
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    Its good to see Morris and Dominic really evaluating coaching as well as players. I think the linebacker group including coaches have to be reviewed as well. Ruud got drafted in 2005 but didn't start playing until 2007. TB was ranked #2 total defense that year (#17 rushing). In 2008 TB ranked #9 total ( #19 rushing). 2009 the wheels completely fell off and TB was ranked #27 total. Losing DBrooks and CHovan didn't help the situation as their careers were winding down, but you can make a really good case that Ruud has no upside and the run defense is not going to get better with him at MLB. He had topped out in 2008 . Gone are most splash plays that he might have had the ability to make in the past. I think that linebacker may be more important than a good RDE. Draft whoever is rated higher at those 2 positions (linebacker and DE). I wouldn't care if they drafted linebackers at round 1 and 2 and DE in round 3.
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    thus rich "ballsackia" can go eat tater tots in san diego with that ragamuffin shaun merriman
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    gruden to put it simple was a "poo-put"......and his staff was comprised of "nincompoops".....adam from ny
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    Let's see. Morris was on Grudens staff. Gruden was promoting him to DC. So that means He was a "poo-put" that was making a wrong call on Morris. That makes the Glazers "nincompoops" for making Morris the HC. Is that how you see it? How old are you? Looks like about 5.
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    glad we "washed" our hands of this nincompoop!...adam from ny
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    This is fantastic news! Anyone who reads Steve whites passingonthe game knows how inadequate wash has been. Gmc admitted he was unclear of his responsibilities well into the season-- pretty condeming. I agree with whoever posted that the special teams wasn't that good until recently and I have never been that impressed with bissacia. I'm glad stukes gets the opportunity. The best move the bucs made was getting yarber, I can't think the rookie wideouts would be as productive with Mann. Keep getting rid of Allens guys and hiring great young teacher Dominick/ Morris!
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    PTR - I remember reading that and saying to myself WTF. I want my linemen to know every move in the book if that makes them better. Two moves makes you so predictable...and ineffective
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    More of the right moves. Keep up the good work. The future for the Bucs is looking brighter. Hope the recruiting of Coaches is as good as it has been recently for Players. Get the Coaches that buy in to what you are doing. If they think you can win with small players find someone else. Go Bucs!!!!
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    Fellas, If you want to get happy, read the following: http://www.twincities.com/sports/ci_16526386?source=rss&nclick_check=1
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    Good. I was done with this guy after reading an interview with him stating he didn't want his DLinemen working on more than two pass rushing moves.
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