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February 1, 2011 @ 8:48 pm
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Bucs' New D-Line Coach Likely Coming From College Ranks

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Sources told PewterReport.com today that the search for a new Buccaneers defensive line coach to replace Todd Wash is nearing the end, but no names of any candidates were passed along to us. What we were told is that Tampa Bay's new D-line coach will likely come from the college ranks and that he would probably be a younger, energetic guy along the lines of wide receivers coach Eric Yarber or defensive backs coach Jimmy Lake.

Both of those coaches are positive, upbeat, high-energy individuals that can appeal to the youth in their respective rooms. Yarber, who had previous NFL experience, but came from Arizona State University in 2010, had to coach four rookies in Mike Williams, Arrelious Benn, Dezmon Briscoe and Preston Parker, in addition to a second-year player in Sammie Stroughter. Maurice Stovall and Micheal Spurlock were the lone veterans in the wide receivers room in 2010.

In the secondary, aside from 14-year veteran Ronde Barber, seven-year vet Sean Jones and third-year pros Aqib Talib and Corey Lynch, Lake, who came to Tampa Bay from Montana State in 2006, had to deal with plenty of young players in rookie cornerback Myron Lewis and rookie safeties Cody Grimm, Larry Asante and Dominique Harris, as well as second-year corners E.J. Biggers and D.J. Johnson last year.

Tampa Bay's new defensive line coach will inherit second-year players in defensive tackles Gerald McCoy, Brian Price and Al Woods, second-year defensive ends in Doug Worthington and George Johnson, and third-year linemen Alex Magee, Michael Bennett and Roy Miller – not to mention the new defensive linemen added through the 2011 NFL Draft. Having a coach that can relate and motivate young players will be a key as head coach Raheem Morris and general manager Mark Dominik make their selection, which is expected to come this week.

The only known candidate for the defensive line vacancy was Minnesota defensive line coach Karl Dunbar, who was retained by the Vikings. Tampa Bay's last three primary defensive line coaches have all come from the college ranks. Rod Marinelli (1996-2005) came from the University of Southern California in 1996, as did Jethro Franklin (2006) in 2006. Wash joined the Bucs in 2007 after coaching at North Dakota State.
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    love to see some one who has played in the league and still need a DC
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    Dang Horse...haven't you ever heard of filler material? It's obviously a slow news period for the Bucs and the PR guys wanted to throw something up there to let us know they're eagerly awaiting the candidates' names and will report it to us as soon as they find something out. It's just a tiny tidbit to keep Bucs fans checking here on a daily basis, even though there's nothing major to report. Give the guy a break. If they wanted Horse to be the editor of PR I'm sure they'd let you know. Until then please stop bashing them for no apparent reason because it makes you sound like a cranky old man that needs his Metamucil. You only pay $10 a year...get some perspective, man!
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    FLBoyinDallas, I here you. Oops, I forgot to take my Metamucil. Call it any way you want to, but it is still not news worthy. You call it filter material, I call it BS.
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    Go ahead and hire Chris Hovan, he's still around...
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    Teaching WR's and teaching DL are two different animals so it's understandable a WR coach would have more success quicker. This is one area they can't afford to F@#* up.
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    Okay Scott, I guess I was too rough on you (I shouldn't have used the words " no class") with my last response so I will ask you a question instead. What is the logic on taking a college coach with no NFL experience and make him the Defensive Line Coach? I sure hope this new defensive line coach was a past NFL player or had past NFL coaching experience because what we have on our defensive line right now is very little experience. What they need right now is experienced coaching.
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    Wow Horse .. You thought a reporter had more class because he is reporting on something we have been waiting for .. But no details have been released .. What a damn fool you are ..
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    jvato24, This was a worthless piece of news that could have waited until we know who he is or at least a few candidates. Sorry I disagree with you.
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    I'm bubbling over with anticipation as I await the announcement of a name I won't recognize and for whom I'll have no knowledge unless it is wanabe coach Steve White.
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    's *censored*, are you aware of any other source of information that has anything to add to that? At least we now know it will probably be someone from the college ranks, and that the decision should come in the next couple of days. Scott's job depends on people within the organization for the factual side of reporting. If they're not talking, it's not his fault. Show some understanding and appreciation.
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    1sparkybuc, I give praise when there is something to praise. The Article was useless and I guess since there is no news of anything out there right now and they have to put something out everyday, this article came out. I would much prefer to get up dates on the rehab's going on with all our players who went on IR. Now that information would help us understand in which direction the Bucs might be going in the draft.
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    So you have absolutely no clue who that wiil be? Hmmm.. I find that absolutley making no sense. Why even put this out Scott? Of all people I thought you had more class than this. This would be a Wolf or Charlie "just in". I am disappointed in you Scott.
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