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February 4, 2012 @ 4:49 pm
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Report: Bucs Finally Add First Member Of New Coaching Staff

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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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    I have never seen an NFL franchise in such disarray and I have been an NFL fan for half century. I wish I had not renewed my Buc season tickets. How can the players respect whoever they hire as a coaching staff when they know the good coaches all passed? Most fans agreed a big name coach would not draw fans to buy tickets but the debacle that has ensued will certainly keep them away. It is too bad the NFL doesn’t get involved in the Buc franchise. It would certainly appear that fewer people will watch the Bucs on TV, in areas not blacked out, and that would hurt rating and advertising. I certainly would not buy TV advertisement for my business to be shown during a Buc game.
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    I suspect we will hear about a few other coaches today, the bucs were following the protcol of not releasing new hires during super bowl week. If you look at all the other teams who had reports of coaching hires they were all unofficial hires, so somebody within the organization leaked the info. Apparently the Glazers can at least keep a secret! and not release info just to get some press time. Now spend some money and fill some holes on the roster, once you finally decide on the other coaches. I want to be optomistic about the upcoming season so please give me a reason to be positive about the future.
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    Mark: You should have an offshoot of Pewter Report called Pouter Report where these constantly whining posters can air their shallow thoughts.
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    Eli wins! Bucs (owners) still suck.
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    I just looked at the ticket prices for this season and I am still surprised that anything other than the nosebleed area is still too high for me. I was thinking about buying some, but I am still going to hold off until I see some money being spent to match those ticket prices. The Club Seat prices are too high. That concept is over and needs to be re-thought. There really is no advantage there unless you want to get out of the heat and go into the air conditioning to watch the game on a screen; Heck I might as well stay home then. I like the seats, but not for those prices. PR have you heard any news about real season ticket offers?
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    yes, if these owners do not show some love and spend in free agency and bring in some players to add some experience and leadership , I am done with this team!
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    All I know is what everyone else knows which is nothing about these guys I will reserve judgement till I see the product on the field
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    Mark, why is there no official Buc announcement of the Fleck hire? Everybody else is talking about it, but nothing on the Bucs website. It's like they just hired a guy that they don't know they just hired. What gives?
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    macabee, my son tells me that there is nothing announced on Superbowl Week; that is why Mark is hinting that we probably have some other coaches already signed up. This one got out my guess by Northern University. I sure hope Coach Schiano remembers to pick experienced NFL coaches too.
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    oh no a successful wr coach in college going to be a wr coach in the NFL...wow that really seems like a stretch to me...what could Schiano be thinking!!...LOL you guys really crack me up...
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    I cant get past the "Less than flattering" pic the PR staff chose for this article. Is that the best you could find? Schiano looks like a drunk boxer!
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    The Rutgerneers are really working to repair this sorry excuse for a team arent they ? We took too long to find a HC,and since then all they have come up with is a WR coach ?! What a buncha crap... Im starting to wonder who we will be selecting with the first pick of next years draft... More than likely they will wait til the 3rd round to make the pick.. Way to go Dom,Glazer dee and Glazer dum ~ way to get the fan base excited..Everytime I think this team is as low as they can get,the show us yet another low..So glad Dom is there to fix everything....So glad there are at least 31 other teams that will be exciting to watch next season..
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    1st < New HC bails a week before recruitment 2. WR'S coach bails after ONE day on the job Building character by example. And these men bailed on KIDS /Young adults , these could have been your or my kids. Football is a business is the message starting at the HS level and one with out Honor and Integrity. That and were not even dealing with top tier talent. Why in the hell when you knew you were going to can the ENTIRE staff would you not be smart enough to have a plan of attack in place to be the FIRST to pounce ? It couldn't be because you didn't know several teams would be looking to do the same thing. All this take your time was yet another example of total ineptitude on Dominatrix's part. HE and RAH should have been the ones to have been fired and the Glazer Girls should have let the new HC decide on the rest. Replacing vs filling would have been smarter and safer. Especially with candidates who have more experience and success in an NFL setting.
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    Chances are most of us won't know a lot about the coordinators and position coaches that ultimately get hired. But there are probably a few of us who couldn't name the position coaches on our own Buccaneer staff last year. Well I guess some had "special" names for OC Greg Olsen. Fact is, most "casual fans" as BF47 would say, know next to nothing about a potential position coach until his name surfaces for the first time and the media puts out his resume. When the late John McKay came from USC he brought a position coach and some scoffed at the name Wayne Fontes who successfully coached DB's in those early years. Regardless of who is hired, I hope we fans are patient enough to reserve judgment until we see the results on the field..........or not. Doubtful there will be a repeat of the debacle when Morris fired his prized OC before the season began and his DC in mid-season. As it turns out, maybe he should have kept them since it got worse.....much worse.
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    scubog, too bad Fontes wasn't hired as he would have been a lot better than the next three we got. Really a nice guy too. I am missing our old past connection with the Bucs. I wish we had some now which sure would help this teams public relations.
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    Makski, Bill O'brien, OC for the Pats, has accepted the HC job at Penn State and will leave following the SuperBowl. Josh McDaniel, recently hired from the Rams and given the title of Offensive Assistant, is expected to replace O'Brien as OC. If that doesn't happen, then you must consider what PR says about the Bucs approach to hiring asst. coaches, and I believe what they're saying is true, then McDaniel or no other high profile candidate will be interested in a job here either.I'm not here to call the Glazers cheap, but one has to ask the question: Why is there a 3mil difference between the offer to Kelly and the salary for Schiano? Butch Davis is still being paid his contract as HC at UNC. Not much room for OC and DC salaries at NFL scale. Remember Morris was paid 900k as HC to start. Maybe they have it all under control and everything wil be just fine. At this point, I will take a wait-and-see approach and hope for the best!
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    Hey MC, What are the odds that Belichick would give us McDaniel?? Did I hear that he is in line for another position with the Pats? Maybe with the money we saved on hiring Schiano, the Bucs could actually give him a good salary and make him the OC and assistant head coach. Since he has a little experience as a head coach in the NFL, he can help out Schiano at the same time. That would be GREAT ! ! ! For who is left offensively, he is at the top of my list. The Bucs could even let him know that as the asst HC, he could take over if Schiano falters.
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    Cremdonado, that is great !! I like the Rutgerneers, too funny. Although I hope that it doesn't happen that way. I wouldn't mind maybe 1 or 2 from Rutgers, but that would be it. I have no real opinion on Cignetti. He was in the NFL, but only for a couple of years as a QB coach amd went right back to college. Not that that means anything good or bad, but I was hoping for someone who has called plays in the NFL before. The one thing that I like is that at least he has experience calling plays in college. We will see. Maybe he will be the QB coach and we will get a sleeper in at OC !!!! Just hoping. Maybe we will, in fact, get someone in here from New England. Thank goodness the game is tomorrow, and we can see if the hiring starts after that.
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    Great, looks like we're going to be Rutgers South. I'm disliking this more and more. They have shown me no reason to be excited about next year.
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    Yeah Mark, me too. Richt head wasn't in the game and it was obvious that he hurt FSU in that game.
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    Tampa Bay Rutgerneers
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    Who hires a WR coach before they know what kind of offense they plan on running? Go Bucs!! lets get the ball rolling!!!
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    "Coach Schiano is taking his time" - you've got to be kidding me. Are you not hearing what our PP friends are tell us? They're in a hurry to hire folks but no one wants to come here because of the perceived and real CHEAPNESS of the organization. A 1 year contact with a club option does not make someone want to uproot their family and move to Tampa. Embarrassing. Why can't i just wash my hands of this team and stop caring? I don't know but i'm getting to the point where that will be my personal goal. I sure hope something changes before then.
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    MC- do you believe this is their first hire? It seems odd that they would with hold news (even if it is super bowl week) when other teams are announcing their hires. Also seems a bit odd that their first hire would be a wide reciever coach. Didn't Shiano say it was more of a flow chart where they would get their coordinators in line and then go from there?
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    I wouldn't be surprised if they have already decided on Cignetti for OC and that is why we they added Fleck. I would imagine the coordinator would have a strong say in who they bring in as assistants. So Cignetti makes sense to me. One other theory is they want to hire a couple Patriots assistants. Belichick and Schiano may have talked and Bill may have recommended a few. No need to disrupt the Pats week of practice with coaches answering questions about a coach leaving. I still think it was absolutely idiotic when Kiffin announced he was leaving before the seasons end. Totally threw that defense into a mess and cost Gruden his job. I know it was to help with recruiting at USC but who cares. You were under contract in Tampa until the end of the season. I saw first hand how a coordinator leaving hurts a team before a big game when FSU's Mark Richt announced he would leave for Georgia before the championship game with Oklahoma. FSU scored no offensive points and lost. Still havent forgiven Richt for that one or Monte for that matter.
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    Yeah Mar, me too. Richt head wasn't in the game and it was obvious that he hurt FSU in that game.
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    I saw the ESPN/Chicago bulletin on Fleck and I’m not doubting the hire. But whoever they hire or however long it takes, am I expecting too much to have thought that there would be a logical progression to these hires and subsequent announcements. I didn’t expect to hear the WR coach named first. I thought they would name a DC, then an OC – that triumvirate would hold a presser, then go off and each day thereafter, they would name position coaches to fill in the staff. I've been around long enough to know something is out of kilter. Am I watching too much TV or is this a brand new day and I should expect the unexpected?
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    Thanks guys and yes there may be some fallout from some of our articles lately. But as long as we tell the truth they still respect us. The Bucs know how hard we work and they let us know if they feel we have overstepped the perceived boundaries. But again we don't report garbage in hopes that it is truth. Now sometimes we report what others are also reporting, and I got burned on the Aqib to be suspended story during preseason, but again we put the info out as news that was being reported. We didnt claim to have inside knowledge on that one. There is a fine line to walk, but when we arent getting the info from the inside sources we have to dig outside the box as we did at the Senior Bowl in Mobile to get information to pass along. Again we will always try to give you guys anything we get if it is newsworthy. Not TMZ style, but legitimate truthful news. One thing I ask is for our readers to make sure to patronize our sponsors any chance you might get. None of us are getting rich by any means but those guys keep the lights on and we need to show them respect back. (although my wife says we arent going to Scores on date night any time soon!) But you single guys eat it up and tell me how awesome it was!
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    Thanks mark and by the way I have eaten at Texas Cattle Company and will make sure I eat there more often.
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    Horse, agree we you, it's not when PR reports it but it's about the truth. Anyone can report something but I would like to hear the truth.
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    PEWTER REPORT, I hate to say this, but the Bucs are going to make you pay for your Articles. I say good for you and I know that there will always be somebody within the Buc organization that will provide you with information. The main reason that I love Pewter Report is not for "first to get the news", but the first to give an honest opinion as to player's, ownership, and coaches. With that I thank you. I am still glad that Coach Schiano is taking his time and is trying to get coaches that he can work with as he attempts to right this ship. Go Bucs! Lets do it the Buc Way!
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    About damn time!
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