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October 7, 2010 @ 8:24 am
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Ochocinco Says Yarber Will Put Bucs WRs Ahead Of The Curve

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Veteran Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco credited Tampa Bay wide receivers coach Eric Yarber with the foundation for his NFL success. Ochocinco, who was coached by Yarber at Oregon State in 2000, says the Bucs' young wide receivers will rapidly develop due to Yarber.
Although he only received one year of coaching from Eric Yarber, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco said it laid the foundation for his NFL success and indicated that the Buccaneers young wide receivers will be ahead of the curve because of him. After spending two years in the JUCO ranks, Ochocinco transferred to Oregon State in 2000 where he and T.J. Houshmandzadeh received excellent tutelage from Yarber, who is in his first year coaching Tampa Bay’s wide receivers.

“Man, Coach Yarber is one of the reasons for all my success,” Ochocinco said. “He really molded me and let me know what it would be like once I got where I am now. To have him to sort of put that concrete in the foundation of me being an NFL receiver is what I remember about him being at Oregon State. I really enjoyed it. I’m really grateful to not only have Eric Yarber but Dennis Erickson my one year at Oregon State with them having NFL credibility.”

Johnson went on to become a second-round pick in the 2001 draft and caught 28 passes for 329 yards (11.8 avg.) and a touchdown during his rookie season before breaking out in 2002 with 69 receptions for 1,166 yards (16.9 avg.) and five scores in his second NFL season.

“When I got to Cincinnati I was ahead of the curve big time,” Ochocinco said. “I know Coach Yarber put me ahead of the curve and allowed me to develop a lot faster than I should have not having the four years of college that most receivers get in college. Look what I’ve done with four months at a Division 1-A school to his point in the NFL with no complete Division 1-A background. Coach Yarber is one of the reasons for that.”

In January, Yarber was hired to replace veteran wide receivers coach Richard Mann after a poor showing by wide receivers Antonio Bryant and Michael Clayton – neither of which is currently on an NFL team. Yarber, who was a wide receiver for three years with the Washington Redskins from 1986-88, has a long track record of coaching receivers, including stints with UNLV (1997), Oregon State (2000-02), the San Francisco 49ers (2003-04), the University of Washington (2005-06) and Arizona State (2007-09) before coming to Tampa Bay.

The departure of Bryant in the offseason and the release of Clayton and Reggie Brown in the preseason left Maurice Stovall, who is in his fifth year, as Tampa Bay’s lone veteran receiver. Micheal Spurlock is in his third NFL season and Sammie Stroughter is in his second year, but neither has established himself in the league.

As a result, Yarber is charged with the development of a very young receiving corps headlined by 2010 draft picks Mike Williams and Arrelious Benn and featuring fellow rookie Preston Parker. Williams, who is Tampa Bay’s starting split end, already has 12 catches for 139 yards and two touchdowns, while Benn will be splitting snaps with Stroughter as the Bucs’ flanker.

Ochocinco said that the presence of Yarber will accelerate the learning curve for Williams, Benn and the Bucs’ young wide receiving corps.

“They are going to be fine,” Ochocinco said. “From what I’ve seen, they are probably ahead of the curve anyway having someone like Yarber coaching them.”

Tampa Bay head coach Raheem Morris is thrilled with the job Yarber has done with the team's young wideouts.

"Eric Yarber has been around a lot of great wideouts," Morris said. "He's been around both of the guys at the Bengals. He's coached T.O. (Terrell Owens), he's coached Chad and he's coached [T.J.] Houshmandzadeh. He's coached a lot of guys coming through that program. He knows how to do it with young talent. He knows how to coach them. He knows how to get them going. He knows how to keep them motivated. He's a highly energetic guy. ... He does a nice job with our young group of wideouts and he's remaining young through that."

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    We couldn't wait for our last O line coach to go, now we want Pete to be replaced? Maybe no one can get this group we have to play better. Faine,Davin, T Blood, even Sears, were all brought in by the last regime, and none have come close to being pro bowlers in Tampa. Maybe it ain't the coaching.
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    Don't ever read any positive accolades about O-Line coach Pete Mangurian. His head may be on the chopping block.
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    You're right HKawsan, I forgot about that one. I know no one lost a fumble last season though. One lost fumble in 1.2 seasons is excellent though. I attribute it to the bungee cord ball drill Logan implemented in 2009. It would be interesting to see an article from PR showing the stats of how the performance of the players have changed with the new position coaches and strength & conditioning coach that have been put in place since 2009. How the each position group has performed, how many injuires they've had, etc.
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    I love reading articles like this. It reminds me of the early 2000's when other coaches, GM's and players would envy the Bucs for having assistant coaches like Marinelli, Edwards, Smith, and Tomlin. I hope we're able to keep Yarber around for at least another 5 years or so. Anyone else notice no one outside of One Buc ever brags about our D-line, O-line or LB coaches? I don't hear much about our RB or DB coaches either, but I like those guys. I like what Logan did with the ball security of our backs. None of them have lost a fumble in the regular season since Logan's been here if memory serves me correctly. Also our DB's are playing pretty well under Lake. I know Ronde has spoken highly of him a few years ago and he as looked better than last year with the return of Lake. Jury is still out on the TE's coach.
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    There was an Earnest Graham fumble on the goal line week 1 (or 2?)...but other than that the backs have done a great job holding on to the ball.
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