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December 28, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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Uncertainty Grips Bucs Coaching Staff

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The Buccaneers assistant coaches are uncertain about their future in Tampa Bay and a potential work stoppage, which may have some considering leaving the NFL for college coaching jobs.
As the Tampa Bay Buccaneers prepare to play for a game that could vault them into the postseason, the uncertainty regarding the 2011 NFL season has created anxiety in the Bucs coaching staff and front office. Sources within the Buccaneers have told Pewter Report that a lot of the Bucs assistant coaches and front office staff are anxious about whether they will return to the organization in 2011.

Tampa Bay’s owners, the Glazer family, have an option for the 2011 season in the contracts for general manager Mark Dominik and head coach Raheem Morris. The majority of the assistant coaches do not have contracts for next season and are scheduled to become coaching free agents at the conclusion of the Bucs' 2010 season. That group includes: offensive coordinator Greg Olson, offensive line coach Pete Mangurian, running backs coach Steve Logan, tight ends coach Alfredo Roberts, defensive line coach Todd Wash, linebackers coach Joe Baker, and special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia.

Some in the front office and on the coaching staff are worried about the focus of some of the assistants who do not have jobs for next season. Many of the assistants are openly questioning if they should be looking for a job coaching at the college level. Bucs assistants Mangurian, Olson, Logan, Wash, Roberts, and Baker all have experience coaching at the college level.

A big reason for the coaches not being retained with contracts for next year is the potential for a work stoppage next spring. The threat of the work stoppage, which would likely be a lockout by the NFL owners, has dramatically decreased the number of contract extensions for players and coaches across the league this year. With that uncertain labor situation gripping the NFL and the threat of a lockout next spring, many NFL coaches are jumping to the college ranks. Last year, the Buccaneers lost linebackers coach Joe Barry to USC. A year before, the team lost defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin to the University of Tennessee. With the way colleges are paying their coaches, going to the college ranks from the NFL is not viewed as a step back in a coach's career anymore.

The unsettled labor situation has caused many organizations in the NFL to have coaching contracts expire after this season. That way those teams won’t have to pay coaches that are idle during the work stoppage. The only assistant coaches on Tampa Bay’s staff that are believed to have contracts for the 2011 season are the coaches that were signed prior to this season. That group is comprised of quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt, wide receivers coach Eric Yarber, and defensive backs coach Jimmy Lake.

Sources within the team say that obviously not knowing their status for the future is causing anxiety in the staff and they are nervous for good reason. If vacancies are filled while they finish the year with the Bucs they could potentially be unemployed next season. Some are wondering whether they should be putting their homes up for sale and working networks for other coaching jobs.

For weeks now since college coaching positions have opened up the team knows they could lose somebody to a college job. As one source said, ”An assistant could come in tomorrow and say I’m taking a coordinator job at the University of Minnesota. See ya. So we all feel a certain amount of anxiety right now as we try and finish the season strongly. Hopefully it’ll be a little easier to go into [the meetings with ownership] and say we won 10 games.”

According to several team staffers, none of the assistants have been approached by the organization about a contract extension, and a big part of that is due to the uncertainty surrounding the top football decision-makers in Dominik and Morris. Once Dominik and Morris have their futures ensured with contract extensions and get their options picked up by the Glazers they can start the process of re-signing the assistant coaches to contracts. Assistants are the not only ones that face being free agents soon. There are scouts and other front office personnel that also don’t have contracts for 2011.

Sources strongly indicate to Pewter Report that the vast majority of the assistants want to return to the team next year. The only assistant who is believed to be prepared to leave the team for other opportunities and coaching advancement is Bisaccia. The message regarding the rest of the assistants was that they like working for the Glazers, Dominik and Morris. They also like the young Bucs squad and believe the team will be even better in the years to come if they can continue to build on the breakout success of 2010. The reversal from three wins to at least nine in 2010 could cause some of those assistants to be hot commodities on the open coaching market in the NFL. Mangurian, Logan and Olson are believed to be the assistants that could be hotly pursued by other teams.

In speaking with players in the locker room they strongly express that they would like to have the same exact coaching staff return in 2011. The coaches are well liked and the players believe that it would be a setback to get new coaches and potentially changed systems on offense and defense.

Regardless whether the Bucs make the playoffs, the organization and locker room would enjoy getting some clarity about the future and settle the uncertainty that is gripping the front office and coaching staff right now.
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    Anyone happen to hear Mark Dominik scoffing at this article on his radio show? This is a non-issue.
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    Hello anyone with sense: sign the coaches, have some freakin' continuity and continue to build on the successes of this year. This is no time for the Glazers to pull their cheap little bunny out of the hat. They shot themselves and the team in the foot for not buying out games to televise them, thus lowering fan interest, and they will seriously do the same if they don't resign the good coaches that want to be back, and are wanted by the players. IMHO
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    This is purely a business decision for all of the NFL owners not just the Glazers. If there is a work stoppage, everyone loses! The Fans, Players, Coaches, Owners, NFL support staff... Listen up people... there will not be a work stoppage as there is too much money at stake for EVERYONE! It will come down to an 11th hour agreement and this will all end. An NFL Strike will not happen. See MLB and how long it took for some fans to come back. Some, like me, never did. I just sorta lost interest and began to occupy myself elsewhere. The NFL has some major issues to decide. The game has never been as popular. But, the economy and Blackouts have caused serious problems this year. The BUCS have had an amazing year giving injuries and such but the Blackouts have caused a major "out of sight, out of mind" for all but the die-hard Buc Fans. I, too, have found other family things to occupy my Sundays. I'm not sure how they will solve the Blackout problems, but I'm quite positive that the NFL will avoid a work stoppage in 2011! I do think the era of public dollars for private enterprise is over! Billionaires will have to build their own Taj Mahals as the Taxpayers have more pressing problems like keeping government essentials like Police, Fire, Teachers etc. employed! Go Bucs!
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    " With that uncertain labor situation gripping the NFL and the threat of a lockout next spring, many NFL coaches are jumping to the college ranks. Last year, the Buccaneers lost linebackers coach Joe Barry to USC. A year before, the team lost defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin to the University of Tennessee." Guys is this really the reason they left to go to college? I don't think so.
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    buccanoles, they went to college because it is much easier of a life. They actually have time off to spend with their families. Steve Spurrier, Butch Davis found that out quickly.
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    Look at all this griping about the Glazers! LOL! If I were the Glazers I'd sell the team or move it to a town where the fans did more than just stay home from the stadium and complain. We were the only team in the NFL to have every home game blacked out and the Glazers are supposed to be satisfying their so called 'fan base' by signing all the coaches to contract extensions?? Why?? So they can coach a winning team next year in a half filled stadium....again? Billionaires don't get all that money by being stupid. I'm sure the Glazers will make the moves they need to make as a business but certainly the threat of someone not buying season tickets if they don't is a threat that is laughable given this years attendance.
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    Well, all I have to say is, as a REAL Buccaneers fan, if I had the money, I would have season tickets. The price for the tickets is right, and I would keep tickets with my favorite team win or lose.
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    Olson can go
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    Good organizations are that way from the top down...always. If they go on the cheap and lose key personnel because of the CBA uncertanty then that will tell you alot about them and we will probably always be a second rate franchise. I'm not sure if the Glazers are dumb like a fox or just had dumb luck. I was not a fan of Raa a year ago and was shocked last year of the poor decisions that were made around playes and coachs....but now they look like nostrodomus! I think Raa is the right guy for this young of a team...just like Dungy maxed out what he could do with the Bucs...and Gruden was perfect for a mature team that needed a kick in the *censored* with some offense knowledge and they won a superbowl. Guden also hit a wall as his players toned hm out and he and Allen were not able to build through the draft. I think the last few drafts have been very good but they have also done a good job of getting players from other teams..and the fact that they have such a large number of injuries but not a significant drop off in resultes tells you that the personnel is much better on this team. Only time will tell on all of this ...but whether we make the playoffs or not...for the first time in years...I think we are going in the right direction and have a positive outlook for the years to come. I couldnt say that if I were a 49er fan or Cardinals or Panthers or Seahawks or Vikings or Washington fans because they are poorly run franchises in my view.
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    Some of you people are just pathetic little pouters. Any time something upsets you, your first thought , or lack thereof, is to threaten to not purchase season tickets (if you even have any in the first place). That explains the high divorce rate. It's not even the end of the season or the end of the NFL year for goodness sakes. Doesn't it stand to reason that the Glazers and every other owner has to consider the uncertainty of the expiration of the CBA? Do any of you really think the Glazers aren't aware of Dominik's and Morris' success and the benefits of continuity in any organization? After all, they were the ones who felt the sting of criticism, and the bailing of previous ticket-holders (that may even include some of you) when they hired Dominik, Morris and staff in the first place. Of course the coaching staff is uncertain about their future. But that's the case in nearly every one of the 31 other teams and certainly with many of our own employment situations. If there are coaches, scouts and other staff members seeking out Charlie Campbell to express their concerns while there is a game to be played and players to be evaluated, perhaps their fears are warranted.
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    I'm a bucs fan no matter what, dont get me wrong. i was planning on purchasing season tickets (for the first time) after the holidays. This article makes me really think. This team is so young, major changes on the coaching staff could be detrimental. Part of being excited about our young Bucs team is watching the players and coaches grow. I understand where ownership is coming from but woulldnt you want to sign your head coach of the year candidate(and the assistannt coaches who got him there) to an extention? I may just wait on those season tickets, to see how this plays out.
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    Write to Bucs management, guys. I did. I told them that if they don't offer new contracts to the majority of the current coaching staff I will never, ever purchase a Bucs ticket as long as I live. And I'm dead serious. This season has most Bucs fans excited and hopeful for the first time in a long time, and if they try to save a few bucks during a lockout by allowing the staff to be raided and/or dismantled that will be the last straw for thousands of Bucs fans including myself. I think they'll do the right thing, but I wanted them to know the consequences from at least one fan if they don't.
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    For those saying "JUST SIGN THEM" .... Why? If there is no season next year why would they want these guys ona payroll? Makes no sense. The reality is the Glazers have to try to make reasonable business decisions when it come to things like this. I would, however, resign Raheem and Mark D and Greg Olsen to 3 year deals each. They have proven themselves. Each has gotten better and better and each will be a bargain. No coach here is going to break the bank. I would like them to look into a different D-Line coach
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    dcrum, if it's worth resigning Morris and Olsen why not the rest of the good coaches? Even if there is no season next year when there eventually is one we want good coaches on staff. If you let them all go now we'll never get them back. Do you think it's worth it to risk finding more good coaches later just to save what is probably less than a million dollars total?
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    Dominik needs to hang on to his scouts and FO personnel. The 2011 draft is crucial. The same applies to the entire offensive coaching staff. A change might be a good thing for the DL and LB coaches, and an assistant DC could be a benefit as well. Maybe USF could use some temporary help.
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    This is clearly an exercise in ridiculousness and buffoonery. The entire staff should be offered new contracts within a week after the Saints game...except Baker. He sucks. No one has flourished at any position he has coached this year or last year.
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    I'm not renewing my four season tickets until this is settled.
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    Good point. Every season ticket holder in the NFL should tell the teams: screw you... when you assure us there is a season, then I'll pay, until then they should not dare put a deadline on the renewal.
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    bring a d line ,lb's and te's coach u need better play from those guys and would like for someone else to come him and be a fulltime dc
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    I can understand the concern over the labor agreement, but thre is a good chance an agreement will be made. Even if an agreement isn't made, teams should be locking up coaches for the following year. There's still a lot of planning and schemeing that can be done in preperation for the next football season, whenever that is. Morris and Dom have earned their contract extensions and the rest of the coaching staff have earned them as well. They've done a great job of coaching these young players throughout the year. The starting lineup is full of undrafted and or late round players. They've remained competitive despite the injuries and inexperience. That's just good coaching. Pay them already.
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    Start with Dominick and Raheem. Secure them now with long term deals and let them move to build and retain their staffs. We've got a talented group and money will chase talent. Guys need jobs and will sign up where they are offered work. Glazers have proven they can't be relied on and no one should wait for them. We have been good and lucky with the team of players, coaches and front office staff that has been put together. No time to be cute. Just get it done.
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    The Glazers cheapness better not come back to bite the organization on this one. They've been dragging their feet for far too long on extensions for Raheem and Dom.
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    I don't think this is a case of cheap ownership. At least, not completely. The lack of a new CBA is causing a lot of headaches around the league. The sooner they get this dealt with, the better off everyone will be. The NCAA has to be thrilled by this. There hasn't been so much opportunity to nab NFL coaches since 1982.
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    Continuity. Sign them, keep them happy, and watch this team continue to grow. Let them go and watch this team fall apart. Glazers, man up.
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    The Royal Glazerbaums had BETTER address what could be a serious problem! I cannot imagine a worse dagger than losing this coaching staff after so much obvious progress. GMAFB. GET IT TOGETHER and think about the TEAM and the FANS who support it!
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    This is nuts! Owners sign up your coaches. If you don't we will lose the good ones and will have a set back. You already have seen the empty seats in the stadium and you can expect more if you don't show some kind of signal that you do care about Tampa, Coaches,Players, Fans, other than your own greedy agenda. Owners have ever seen a Brinks truck in a funeral procession? In other words; you can't take it with you so spend it.
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    Where is Bisaccia headed? Or is he just exploring other options at this point? It would be a shame to lose him. He, Olson, Eric Yarber, and Alex Van Pelt should be top priority, IMO.
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    I can see the logic behind a wait and see approach due to the uncertainty of next year, but is it really worth blowing up the entire coaching staff to save a few pennies? I know these guys are not paid peanuts compared to the rest of us, but they aren't on $mult-million contracts like the players, so exactly how much money is being saved?
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