The Buccaneers have reportedly added former Bears and Dolphins head coach Dave Wannstedt to replace the fired Bob Ligashesky as their special teams coach. Wannstedt and head coach Greg Schiano have a relationship dating back to 1996 when Schiano joined the Chicago Bears as an assistant coach.
When Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano assembled his coaching staff after being hired last January, some were critical of the number of assistant coaches that came from the college ranks.
Schiano has had to replace four assistants this offseason and although Tampa Bay hasn’t confirmed any of them, it appears all the coaches that will be added will have NFL experience.
The latest addition to the staff is former Bears head coach Dave Wannstedt, who reportedly has been hired to coach the Bucs special teams, replacing Bob Ligashesky who was let ago earlier this week.
Wannstedt and Schiano are familiar with each other, as Schiano was the defensive assistant for the Bears under Wannstedt in from 1996-1999.
Wannstedt served as the defensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills the past two seasons and prior to that was the head coach for the University of Pttsburgh for six seasons. Wannstedt also had two NFL head coaching jobs, first with Chicago and later the Miami Dolphins.
Recent reports have former Cowboys assistant John Garrett set to take over for P.J. Fleck as receivers coach, and former Saints and Jaguars assistant Tony Oden in line for the defensive backs job vacated when Ron Cooper was released from his contract to join the USF Bulls.
Bucs general manager Mark Dominik confirmed two weeks ago that former Cardinals and Rutgers assistant John McNulty has been hired to replace Ron Turner as the Bucs QB coach.
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