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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