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January 11, 2011 @ 6:11 pm
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Bisaccia Leaves Bucs For Chargers

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Rich Bisaccia has left the Buccaneers to be the San Diego Chargers special teams coach. Bisaccia was with the Bucs for nine years. Replacing Bisaccia will be veteran Tampa Bay assistant Dwayne Stukes.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers coaching staff suffered a serious defection with the loss of special teams coordinator and associate head coach Rich Bisaccia. The coaching veteran Bisaccia signed with the San Diego Chargers to be their special teams coach. Bisaccia’s contract with the Bucs ended after the 2010 season. 



On the Chargers team website, head coach Norv Turner had this to say about Bisaccia,  “Rich’s special teams have had success in this league. He’s been with Tampa Bay for nine years and their teams have been consistently good to excellent. He helped them win a Super Bowl. Rich is a high-energy guy that I know will bring out the best in our players.”

Replacing Bisaccia will be a Bucs veteran assistant Dwayne Stukes. Last season Stukes assisted defensive backs coach Jimmy Lake. Stukes has also worked for years with Bisaccia and in 2008 Stukes was the Buccaneers assistant special teams coach.

"This organization and our players are excited to have coach Stukes in this role," said general manager Mark Dominik. "For the past five years coach Stukes has aided in the preparation and development of our young players. He's ready for this opportunity."

Bisaccia also commented on joining the Chargers.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for me to be part of a winning organization and work with Norv Turner. There’s a real opportunity here to win it all,” Bisaccia said. “I’ve worked with Jon Gruden and now I have the opportunity to work with Norv. These are two of the best coaching minds in football. I’m really looking forward to it.”

Bisaccia was a member of former head coach Jon Gruden’s original staff in Tampa Bay. In their first season in 2002 the Buccaneers won the Super Bowl. Last season the Bucs coverage units were highly ranked. The Bucs were seventh in the NFL against punt returns (7.3 yard average) and eighth against kickoff returns (20.7 yard average). 



In 2009 the Buccaneers had a banner season on special teams. They blocked six kicks while leading the NFL in kickoff return average with 26.3 yards per return. They were fourth in punt return average with 11.6 yards per return and were second in kickoff return average with 19.1. The Bucs had a kickoff returned for a touchdown, a punt returned for a touchdown, and a blocked punt returned for a touchdown that season. 

Bisaccia had returner Clifton Smith go to the Pro Bowl for the 2008 season and the Bucs also had former punter Josh Bidwell make the Pro Bowl under Bisaccia’s direction.
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    Anyword on which player supposedly knocked him out??? He is clearly delusional about his place in this world. Nice to hear he got a wake up call. BTW, how many playoff wins does norv turner have as a head coach.
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    Edwamil83; Please check your facts before making a statement. John Harbaugh last coaching job for the Philadelphia Eagles was the Defensive Back Coach. Again, I ask, when was the last time a coach jumped from Special Teams coach to the Head Coach? Specail Teams is the bottom of the coaching "food chain" where coaches make their names. John was promoted by the eagles from special teams to defensive back coach. Duh! PS. If he was such a great coach, I don't recall his name mentioned for any other Head Coaching job, other than the college job that he interviewed, but they chose another coach. Although, coaches put players in position to make plays. The lack of displine or ability to excute the plays becomes the responsibility of the coach. And, I am speaking of the broken special teams return play in the Atlanta game. Remember, coach Morris was criticized for the results of the Lions game!
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    Ya know what I say screw him, let him leave. We have his assistant, he knows all the coaching techniques that has made this special teams unit successful and unless he is an idiot he will continue to do things the same way and possible add some new things to make us even better. GO BUCS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    This is about resentment and jealousy. Rich Bisaccia’s statement says more about his and his character than Morris and the Buccs organization.
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    Excellent posts, compewterpirate and bfarbs. I also read the veiled slap in the face to Morris. This was about money, but also it was more than just money.
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    I think its obvious he's not happy here and after what Coach Morris did with this team this season there's no real chance for a promotion here. No comment about the Bucs or current staff but yet raves about Norv "Pot Mark Face"Turner? Sounds like Carl Crawford to me. Turner will be gone after next season and will be the best shot for him, but if he wanted to become head coach why didn't he try for all the vacancies out there now. I liked him as a coach, the man had swag but like its been said its just special teams and its not like they were the best the whole time he was here. It took me a while to get over Joe Marciano now he was a cool dude! Anybody know if he's still coaching in NFL?
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    Bisaccia said. “I’ve worked with Jon Gruden and now I have the opportunity to work with Norv. These are two of the best coaching minds in football. I’m really looking forward to it.” Guess he did not add soon-to-be NFL coach of the year, Raheem Morris. Special teams is not rocket science.
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    Frankly, we dropped off somewhat from last year on Special Teams. Hey, maybe we'll see some improvement with Stukes!
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    the inside scoop here is rich got into a fist fight with a special teams player who has been on the team for quite a while at halftime during the last game of the season vs. the aints........bisaccia got yoked up too i heard.....thats why he wasn't visible on the sidelines until late 3rd quarter.....check the tape for yourself.
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    Thanks for the memories 'sacc!
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    He just decided it was time to go. Nothing more, nothing less. Every year coaches change teams. It doesn't have to mean anything. Good luck Rich, you did a good, not great, job here.
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    Reading Rich Bisaccia comments, they are pointed in the extreme. This would appear to be one embittered individual. No gracious departing words for the Bucs organization, the players or the fans, who have paid his wages for the past 9 years, just simmering resentment. "This is a tremendous opportunity for me to be part of a winning organization??" That would be the 9-7 Chargers, who have won what exactly?? Nothing, ever. One AFC conference championship in 1994. The Bucs at 10-6 and brimming with young talent have a much brighter future than the Chargers. Norv Turner, one of the "best coaching minds in football??" This would the Norv Turner who failed as a head coach in Washington, abjectly failed as a head coach in Oakland and inherited a 14-2 team from Marty Schottenheimer in San Diego that has regressed ever since. A head coach with a career record of under .500. Rich Bisaccia has been a good special teams coach, nothing more. As he is obviously seething with resentment and blatantly disrespectful of Raheem Morris, the Bucs will be much better off without him on board next season. There is no reason why the new coach, Stukes, who has served a lengthy coaching apprenticeship with the Bucs and has ample experience of organization and the special teams personnel, will not be able to successfully pick up the reins. So good luck to him and see ya Rich! Hope the Chargers are under .500 next season!
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    When was the last time a special teams coach became a head coach? Get real! Did a special teams coach who coached kickers, punters, and returners really beleived that he was smarter than the Head Coach. Please, stop with the conspiracy theories. Just another Gruden guy that wanted to leave. So long, good luck. Peace out! Don't trip it was the special teams that lost the Atlanta game with the return. Remember!
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    John Harbaugh was a special teams coach of Philly prior to being named Head Coach of the Ravens. And on the return, at least 4 guys had a chance to make the tackle and didn't, so don't think anyone could blame the coach. He put the players in position and they couldn't make the play. This move stinks of something, Norv has at best 1 more season if he doesn't advance to and in the playoffs (something he hasn't done recently). Raheem at worst has bought himself 2 more seasons after this one. This is the better job, at least for long term prospects. Was it money? Does he have family in SD? Or did he and Coach Morris not get along? His comments don't exactly paint a pretty picture and it's a lateral move maybe worse than that here he was assistant head coach.
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    A great coach and I think that he has a great future. I wish him well. But other coaches will want to jump on board because of the youngest team in the nfl. The future is very bright. Can you imagine what Tampa will be with all the players hurt coming back Tampa I believe coud go to the championship game in 2011 and maybe the super bowl again! Why NOT-also SELL OUT THE STADIUM_if the nfl don't lock out. GO BUCS
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    Rich has been a consistently solid special teams coach; Im willing to say he was the best in the business. His loss will only be felt next season when we see a drop off in play there. We were always great in kickoff and punt coverage and only became above average in return game when we acquired some talent. He will be sorely missed. Unfortunately, my gut tells me he didnt respect Raheem. Unsurprisingly, he probably felt that he was smarter or more experienced than Raheem and more qualified to be head coach. You can tell from his quote which was complementary of Gruden and Turner, but no mention of Raheem, that this was the case. Fact is Rich deserves to be a head coach somewhere, most likely in college first. That, combined with the fact that the Glazers dont like to pay up for assistant coaches or coordinators, led to his defection. I wish him all the best in San Diego and hope he gets the chance to be a head coach one day. He will be sorely missed. I just hope and wish that the Glazers dont lose good assistants due to an unwillingness to pay them. My gut tells me that it was his relationship/lack of respect for Raheem as much as pay that drove this move. In San Diego, he can be a hero for turning around the unit that cost them a playoff spot. Statistically, they were #1 on offense and #1 or #2 on defense and thus if they fix ST, they could easily be a Super Bowl contender. In San Diego, he has the chance of being considered a big reason for their improved success while in Tampa that recognition isnt there.
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    Wasn't Monte paid as much as some head coaches?
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    I think Coach Bisaccia wanted to be a head coach and he deserves the chance. Perhaps he thought he would get the job in Tampa? The Chargers are more screwed up than a dollar watch. Trust me, I live in Southern California. When they got rid of Marty; it was all over.
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    The Chargers offered him a pay raise and a contract. The Bucs haven't offered anybody a contract. Figure it out.
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    Well, he was expected to leave so this isn't surprising. What's surprising to me is that he went to another NFL team with the same position. I know it's more money, but he must have really wanted to get out of here. His comments suggest he doesn't think the Bucs can win a super bowl. When we make it too the Super Bowl I hope we're facing the Chargers! Go Bucs.
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    I think he left for a pay raise and an opportunity to be a head coach. He figures that Raheem will be here for awhile, so lets try Norv, who if he fails another season will be release. Then that presents him the opportunity to slide in, because he helped that horrible special teams become good. Usually u are old if you are willing to stay at one position the whole time(Monte Kiff,*censored* Lebeau).
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    you can tell rich and morris didnt get along very good. i personally didnt think he did well with special teams until 2 years ago..
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    IIRC it was rumored last offseason that he wanted to leave but was denied the opportunity to do so? Interesting that he would leave for a lateral move though maybe reading too much into it. Either way, thanks for some great special teams work and best of luck Rich Bissacia.
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    If a person after nine years leaves the organization for the same job, then that says something? . I believe he left because there was no future for him with the Bucs other than Special Teams. My guess is that someone dangled a new carrot in front of him. Thanks Rich for your pass endeavors. The best to you and your family.
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    “This is a tremendous opportunity for me to be part of a winning organization and work with Norv Turner. There’s a real opportunity here to win it all,” Bisaccia said. “I’ve worked with Jon Gruden and now I have the opportunity to work with Norv. These are two of the best coaching minds in football. I’m really looking forward to it.” good riddance
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    I'm sure he got a nice pay raise. When you have the lowest paid head coach in the NFL, you know the assistants aren't paid well(as far as NFL salaries go).
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    That's cold, Rich. I knew he was in consideration to be a college head coach the last couple years but you're telling me he's gonna cut and run for the same position on a different team? This one is tough - but I guess it's part of life in the NFL.
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    I think Rich Bisaccia will be the Chargers next head coach! He can't be any worse than Norv Turner, "the great mind". Rich will be sorely missed in Tampa!!!!
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