Eight days after announcing Greg Schiano as their new head coach the Buccaneers have made their first hire, bringing former Rutgers receivers coach P.J. Fleck to Tampa in the same capacity, according to published reports.
According to a report by ESPN NFC South blogger Pat Yasinskas the Buccaneers have finally added an assistant coach hire, more than one week after announcing former Rutgers coach Greg Schiano as their new coach.
Former Rutgers receivers coach P.J. Fleck is expected to join the Bucs in the same capacity. As reported by PewterReport last night, Fleck resigned as offensive coordinator of North Illinois just one day after accepting the position with his alma mater, prompting speculation that Fleck was possibly a candidate for Schiano’s new staff in Tampa.
A spokesman for the Buccaneers would neither confirm nor deny the report on Fleck coming to Tampa Bay after being contacted by PewterReport Saturday afternoon.
Most teams that had staff overhauls after last season are now in the process of finalizing deals for their assistant coaches, and the Buccaneers appear to be way behind. But the secretive nature of the search seems to be the protocol of the Glazers and Mark Dominik. The Buccaneers may already in fact have some assistants under contract or at the very least be in negotiations with prospective candidates.
The first name that emerged very early in the process, Cardinals receivers coach and former Rutgers coach John McNulty, will remain with Arizona after being denied permission to interview with the Buccaneers for their offensive coordinator position. McNulty has since been named quarterbacks coach with the Cardinals, surely with an increase in salary.
The loss of McNulty as a candidate increases the likelihood that current Rutgers offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti will be strongly considered for the same position in Tampa.
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