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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