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February 13, 2012 @ 7:51 pm
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Bucs Officially Hire Butch Davis As Special Assistant To The Head Coach

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Davis will serve as the Special Assistant to Head Coach Greg Schiano.
Davis will serve as the Special Assistant to Head Coach Greg Schiano. Getty Images


Eric Dellaratta


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The Buccaneers make the Butch Davis hiring official on Monday. Davis, who hired Schiano to be Miami's defensive coordinator when he was the head coach of the Hurricanes, will be the Special Assistant to the Head Coach.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced that they have hired Butch Davis to be the Special Assistant to the Head Coach on Monday. The decision to hire Davis comes 19 days after the Buccaneers announced Greg Schiano as their new head coach.  

"Butch has been a close friend and mentor of mine going back to our time together at Miami. I am excited to have his extensive football background and knowledge on board," said Head Coach Greg Schiano. "He has had success on every level, and I know he will be a huge asset, not only to me, but to the entire Buccaneers organization."

In his new role with the Buccaneers, Davis will assist and advise Head Coach Greg Schiano in a wide range of football aspects.

"This is a terrific opportunity to be a part of what Coach Schiano is building in Tampa Bay," said Davis. "It is an honor to be here to help Greg and the Buccaneers in any way I can."

Davis joins the team with 30 years of coaching experience at both the collegiate and NFL levels, including 14 as a head coach. In his 30 years, Davis has been a part of teams that have earned a 240-153-2 overall record, two Super
Bowl Championships, five playoff appearances, one NCAA National Championship, 14 bowl game appearances, seven bowl game victories and 10 AP Top 25 finishes.

During his 10 years as a collegiate head coach, Davis coached 32 first-round NFL Draft picks and had more than 90
players who spent time in the NFL ranks, including 80 of whom were drafted. Most recently, Davis was the head coach at the University of North Carolina (2007-10) where he led the team to 28 wins and three bowl game appearances, including a Music City following the 2010 season. Before his arrival, the Tar Heels had only won 19 games in the previous five seasons and had not won a bowl game since 2001. He also led the team to three consecutive bowl games for the first time since the 1992-98 seasons.

Prior to his time with the Tar Heels, Davis was the head coach of the Cleveland Browns (2001-04). Taking over a team that had won just five games in the two previous seasons combined, Davis led the Browns to seven wins in his first season and nine wins the next year, earning a playoff berth that remains the only playoff appearance by the Browns since the team re-entered the NFL in 1999.

Davis earned his opportunity with the Browns after a very successful campaign as the head coach of the University of Miami (1995-00). While with the Hurricanes, Davis led the team to a 51-20 record over six seasons that included three Big East Conference championships and four bowl victories in as many appearances. His teams also ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 on four occasions, including a No. 2 final national ranking in 2000 when the Canes went 11-1 and beat Florida, 37-20, in the Nokia Sugar Bowl.

Davis' first NFL experience came with the Dallas Cowboys, where he served as their defensive line coach (1989-92) and later as defensive coordinator/linebackers coach (1993-94). With Davis on staff, the Cowboys won consecutive Super Bowls - the first, a 52-17 win over Buffalo in Super Bowl XXVII, where Davis coached the defensive line, and then a 30-13 win over Buffalo in Super Bowl XXVIII, where he served as defensive coordinator.

Davis helped Dallas post one of the most spectacular turnarounds in sports history, as the Cowboys went from a lowly 1-15 squad in 1989 to one of the most dominant NFL programs in the 1990s. As defensive line coach in 1992, Davis helped the Cowboys lead the NFL in rushing defense. As coordinator a year later, the Cowboys set a team record by allowing just 21 touchdowns in 16 regular-season games and allowed one offensive touchdown or less in 12 of 16 games.

Davis was also defensive coordinator during Barry Switzer's first season as head coach in 1994, and helped Dallas reach the NFC Championship Game, where eventual Super Bowl Champion San Francisco denied the Cowboys' bid for a three-peat. Davis' defense ranked first in the league in total defense (269.6 yards per game) and pass defense (172.0 yards per game), and third in scoring defense (15.5 points per game). He also coached three Pro Bowl starters - DE Charles Haley, DT Leon Lett and S Darren Woodson - the most Pro Bowl starters for the Cowboys since 1983.

Davis began his collegiate coaching career as tight ends coach (1979) and tight ends and wide receivers coach (1980-83) under Jimmy Johnson at Oklahoma State before following Johnson to Miami as defensive line coach (1984-88).

The Hurricanes went 52-9 in those five years and won the National Championship after beating Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl to cap a perfect 12-0 record in 1987. Davis' line was a key part of the Miami defense that finished second in the nation in both scoring defense (9.7 points per game) and total defense (242.0 yards per game) in 1988. The 1986 Hurricanes set a school record with 49 sacks, broke the mark with 50 in 1988 and held opposing rushers to fewer than 2.3 yards per carry in 1987 and 1988.

Davis played college football at the University of Arkansas for Head Coach Frank Broyles, but his career was cut short due to a knee injury. He began his coaching career as a volunteer assistant in 1973 at Fayetteville (Ark.) High School and went on to coach six years at the high school level.

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    I would hate to see him go as a die hard FSU fan but Stoops would definetly get it done.
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    I am very glad to have him on board but would really like to know the details as to why he is not a DC.--------------- Is it because he wanted to stick it to UNC & take their $$ for making him the fall guy when everyone there was responsible?------------- Is it because the Glazers truly have no money left and Man-U is destroying them?---------------- Maybe, just maybe, Davis does not want to be a DC and actually coach on the sidelines.----------- Anyway you look at it, it's fine with me. His eye for talent alone will be extremely beneficial
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    Hiring Butch is a plus in any way you look at it. His experience working with young players can not be overlooked! Whatever capacity his position entails , the players will benefit from his teaching. The position coaches will have to be on the same mindset,however, and coordinate the new defense 's philosophies to the team.
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    so does this mean davis wont be with the team on the sidelines on gameday????????
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    The real story behind Davis' title will probably never be fully told. It appears he's double dipping with two incomes (from UNC and Bucs) but it could be just a matter of Davis not wanting the everday duties of a DC. Either way, he should be an asset to the organization. The staff is taking shape with knowledeable, disciplined coaches. If anything, this is a great culture shift.
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    Advertised as a teaching staff, the addition of 2 extra experienced assistants seems like a positive. I don't buy the too many cooks analogy, with Schiano at the helm, the chain of command will be well established. Also the influx of so many coaches with intimate knowledge of current college players & numerous contacts at the college level, could really help the drafting over the next 3+ years. Great for a team building through the draft. Davis is very good at evaluating talent. His influence on the Bucs' defense is nothing but a positive. Macabee's post concerning DC's from the college ranks is dead on and well written; as usual.
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    Great comments - I agree!
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    Does anyone really know what Davis' role will be or how it might evolve to the point of criticizing it? Certainly none of us here on Pewter Report, who I suspect had no part in the interview. Somehow, no matter what transpires, there are still those who want to put on a negative spin, usually smelling of their predetermined bias.
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    Well here Iam and I can't understand why don't these so call fans take a rest on all the negativity that some of these so call email sports advisors. I think Butch Davis along with Sullivan is a bright new fresh approach to get some things done in Tampa. Lets see who's talking if tampa does turn it around in one year, and If they get some good veterans free agaents on board then these youngster can learn from the veterans. I hope this year the ownership will spend all their money so lets se where Tampa is comes playoff time. GO BUCS
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    What would he be worth as DC? $1.5 million? What is he worth as a non DC Advisor? $800,000 or 1-million? What's the difference to Glazers if they paid his buyout? 800,000 or so? The fact that Davis won't be a coach on the field when the Bucs are struggling to find coaches is a huge red flag. Nothing has changed.
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    If you can't see what's changed, you need to take a day off!
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    And the agonizingly slow process plods along another step. . .A giant step perhaps. This is exciting and other than a slight fear of too many cooks in the kitchen, I am really smiling about the way this is shaping up. This coaching search is a bit too much like a Bucs game, though(especially 2010). On the edge of the seat the whole time. Going down to the 4th quarter. No blow out wins, but I'll be darned if we might not stay close and pull it out in the end. Ready for the final staff announcement so we can move on to other off-season events.
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    NICE! WHO THE DC?????????????????????/
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    The coaching staff is definitely taking shape and for the good. I have been a Butch Davis fan since he coached under Jimmy Johnson at UM and have followed him since then. He has been successful everywhere he went and don't think that he wasn't at Cleveland because he had to deal with a difficult Owner. When Erickson left in disgrace at UM to take the Seahawks job, Coach Davis came in and rebuilt Miami despite the forfeiture of many scholarships due to the previous coach and athletic director doings. This man has a lot of character and I am so happy that he is now part of "The Buccaneer Way". Go Bucs!
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    First, a rose is still a rose no matter what it's called. Butch Davis will help this team no matter wnat he's called. An experienced and knowledgeable guy that will help Schiano as much as he would help the players if he were DC. Secondly, who will be the DC? The NFL doesn't have the only talent that would make a good DC. Kirby Smart (Bama), John Chavis (LSU), Toddd Grantham (Georgia), Tom Bradley (formerly Penn State), Ted Roof (Auburn) and several other college DCs can hold a candle with the best in the NFL. With Davis in the house as Schiano's assistant, I would be just as happy to have any one of the these college DCs with a defense rated in the top 10 of college football. To be honest, college is where Davis gets his standing from, not his stint at Cleveland. I would tell the NFL teams who don't want to release coaches for a promotion to take a hike and get an aggressive college DC and move on. Now to be clear, these coaches are no slouches and make upwards of 800k, so they’re not going to to come cheap. When the story is finally told, I hope Quinn (Florida) didn’t turn us down over money!
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    So who's going to be def coord?
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