Due to his personality not meshing with the players and some of the coaches, the Buccaneers have fired offensive line coach Pete Mangurian after two seasons in Tampa Bay.
Tampa Bay has fired offensive line coach Pete Mangurian. This comes just days after Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris told PewterReport.com that the entire coaching staff would be back in 2011 with the exception of defensive line coach Todd Wash, who is expected to be reunited with Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley in Seattle, and special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia, who left to go to San Diego.
Mangurian's hard-nosed, old-school coaching style came across as abrasive and didn't mesh well with the players and some of the other coaches on the staff. The Buccaneers are believed to be looking for more positive, energetic coaches in the mold of Morris, wide receivers coach Eric Yarber, quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt, secondary coach Jimmy Lake, etc.
Mangurian, who joined Raheem Morris' staff in 2009, went through two difficult years in Tampa Bay. In 2009, the offensive line play was sub-par, largely due a switch to a zone blocking scheme that former offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski implemented before he was fired. The unit underachieved and Mangurian's personality rubbed his offensive linemen the wrong way and didn't help.
In 2010, the Bucs offensive line played better and produced a 1,000-yard runner in LeGarrette Blount and a 3,000-yard passer in Josh Freeman despite a litany of injuries that saw starting center Jeff Faine and starting right guard Davin Joseph wind up on injured reserve. Joseph and former starting right tackle Jeremy Trueblood will both be free agents in 2011 and each have clashed with Mangurian in the past.
Only veteran left tackle Donald Penn started all 16 games for the Bucs last year.
Tampa Bay started nine different offensive linemen due to injuries, and Mangurian deserves credit for getting rookies like Ted Larsen and Derek Hardman, who finished the season as the starting guards for the Buccaneers, ready to play in addition to improving the play of linemen Jeremy Zuttah and James Lee, who finished the year at center and right tackle, respectively.
The Bucs will travel to Mobile, Ala. for the Senior Bowl on Sunday looking to fill three coaching vacancies – offensive line, defensive line and a quality control coaching position.
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