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February 6, 2013 @ 11:23 pm
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Wannstedt Heads Up The List of Five New Bucs Assistants

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After an exhaustive search the Buccaneers and Greg Schiano finally announced new assistant coaches to replace Ron Cooper, Ron Turner, P.J. Fleck and Bob Ligashesky who were either fired or left to take jobs elsewhere. Former Bears head coach Dave Wannstedt is the most recognizable name and will head up Tampa Bay's special teams unit.
When Bucs head coach Greg Schiano took to the podium at One Buc Place following the conclusion of the regular season, Tampa Bay’s head coach said everyone in the building – including himself – would be evaluated.

Over the last month, two assistants left to take college head coaching jobs, while two more obviously didn’t meet Schiano’s standards and were relieved of their duties.

On Thursday Tampa Bay announced that defensive backs coach Ron Cooper and special teams coordinator Bob Ligashesky were replaced with former Saints and Jaguars Tony Oden in the secondary, and Dave Wannstedt would head up Schiano’s special teams.

Tampa Bay also added a new linebackers coach, bringing in Robb Smith to replace Bob Fraser, who was promoted to assistant defensive coordinator.

The Buccaneers also announced that former Cowboys passing game coordinator John Garrett was named the receivers coach, replacing P. J. Fleck, and former Cardinals and Rutgers offensive coordinator John McNulty would serve as the Buccaneers new QB coach, taking over for Turner. Fleck announced in December he would be leaving to take over the head-coaching job at Western Michigan and Turner accepted the head coaching post at Florida International University.

Below is a list and bio of the assistant coaches.

Wannstedt brings nearly two decades of NFL experience to the Buccaneers. He has previously served as the defensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys (1989-91), the Cowboys assistant head coach (1992), the Chicago Bears head coach (1993-98), the Miami Dolphins assistant head coach (1999), the Dolphins head coach (2000-04) the Buffalo Bills assistant head coach/inside linebackers coach (2011) and the Bills assistant head coach/defensive coordinator (2012). Wannstedt also spent 20 years in the collegiate ranks.

While coaching the Miami Dolphins, Wannstedt helped lead the team to three double-digit winning seasons, as well as consecutive playoff berths in 2000 and 2001, including an AFC East title in 2000. During Wannstedt's tenure, the Dolphins allowed the fifth-fewest yards and the fifth-fewest points allowed in the NFL, while recording the third-most interceptions and the fifth-most sacks in the league. His 2000 team led the NFL in interceptions with 28.

With the Chicago Bears, Wannstedt recorded back-to-back winning seasons in 1994 and 1995, including a postseason berth in 1994. In his five years with Chicago, the Bears allowed the eighth-fewest yards in the league, including finishing in the top five in 1993 (fourth - 290.8 ypg). His 1993 team also allowed only 14.4 points per game, good for third in the NFL.

Prior to his time with the Bears, Wannstedt helped lead the Dallas Cowboys defense, including the 1992 unit that finished first in the league in yards allowed (245.7 ypg) and fifth in the league in points allowed (15.2 ppg), en route to winning Super Bowl XXVII.

A Baldwin, Pa., native and three-year starter at the University of Pittsburgh, Wannstedt began his coaching career with his alma mater as a graduate assistant. He then made stops at Oklahoma State (1979-82), Southern California (1983-85) and Miami (1986-88). Wannstedt became the head coach at Pittsburgh in 2005 and led the team for six seasons, including a 10-win campaign in 2009 and a share of the 2010 Big East title.

Garrett will enter his 19th NFL season in 2013. He previously served as the Dallas Cowboys' passing game coordinator (2011-12), and tight ends coach (2007-12); the Cincinnati Bengals' tight ends coach (2002), offensive assistant (1995, 1997-98, 2001), and wide receivers coach (1995-96); and the Arizona Cardinals quarterbacks coach (1999-2000). Garrett also spent 2004-07 as the wide receivers coach for the University of Virginia.

During his time with the Cowboys, Garrett was instrumental in helping Dallas TE Jason Witten become one of the league's premier tight ends. Since Garrett took over as tight ends coach in 2007, Witten leads all tight ends in receptions (554) and receiving yards (6,110). Witten also made five Pro Bowls (2007-10, 2012) and five All-Pro teams (2007-10, 2012). As the Dallas' passing game coordinator, Garrett also helped QB Tony Romo set career highs in passer rating (102.5 in 2011) and passing yards (4,903 in 2012), the most in Cowboys history.

In his two years as the wide receivers coach for the Bengals, Garrett helped Bengals WR Carl Pickens set career highs in receptions (100 in 1996), receiving yards (1,234 in 1995) and touchdowns (17 in 1995), while also being selected to both the Pro Bowl and All-Pro team during those two years. In addition to those accolades, Pickens led the league in touchdown receptions (29) during his two years under Garrett.

Garrett, a Pennsylvania native, graduated from Princeton, where he played wide receiver. He served as a pro personnel assistant for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1992-94.

2012 will be McNulty's 11th in the NFL. He previously served as the Arizona Cardinals' quarterbacks coach (2012), as well as the wide receivers coach for the Cardinals (2009-11), Dallas Cowboys (2003) and Jacksonville Jaguars (1998-2002). He also worked under current Buccaneers Head Greg Coach Schiano at Rutgers from 2004-08.

Under McNulty, Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald recorded three straight Pro Bowl selections (2009-11) and two All-Pro selections (2009, 2011), leading the league in touchdown receptions (13) in 2010. Fitzgerald became the Cardinals' franchise leader in receiving yards, receiving touchdowns, and 100-yard games during McNulty's tenure.

While serving as the Jacksonville wide receivers coach, McNutly worked with Jaguars WR Jimmy Smith. During McNulty's five years as the wide receivers coach, Smith ranked second in the league in receptions (477), third in receiving yards (6,431) and tied for sixth in receiving touchdowns (37). Under McNulty, Smith was selected to four Pro Bowls (1998-2001) and two All-Pro teams (1998-99). In 1999, Smith led the league in receptions (116) and was second in receiving yards (1,636), a career high.

A native of Clark Summit, Pa. and a safety at Penn State, McNulty graduated in 1990 and began his coaching career as a graduate assistant with the wide receivers at the University of Michigan. During McNulty's time there, Michigan won two Big Ten titles, and played in two Rose Bowls, winning in 1992.

Oden joins Tampa Bay after having previously served as the Jacksonville Jaguars' defensive backs coach (2012), the New Orleans Saints' secondary coach (2011), and assistant secondary coach (2006-10), and the Houston Texans defensive assistant/assistant defensive backs coach (2004-05).

While with New Orleans, Oden helped lead the Saints to three NFC South division titles, in addition to winning Super Bowl XLIV. The 2009 Saints recorded the second-most interception return yards in the league from 2006-11 (652), led by S Darren Sharper, who tied for the league lead with nine interceptions and set an NFL record with 376 interception return yards. Oden's Saints teams finished in the top five in pass yards allowed in 2006 (third - 178.4 yards per game) and 2010 (fourth - 193.9 yards per game). S Roman Harper's 7.5 sacks in 2011 were the second-most by a defensive back in NFL history, and Harper made back-to-back Pro Bowls (2009-10). While with the Texans, the team set records in interceptions (22) and interception return yards (393) in 2004.

A Cleveland native, Oden was a two-time all-conference linebacker for Baldwin-Wallace College and was an All-American his junior season. He coached collegiately at Millersville, Boston College, Army, East Carolina, and Eastern Michigan, before being hired by the Texans.

Smith will enter his first NFL season, having spent the previous 14 seasons in the college ranks. He previously served at Rutgers as defensive coordinator/secondary coach (2012), special teams coordinator and linebackers coach (2011), special teams coordinator/cornerbacks coach (2010), and special teams coordinator/outside linebackers coach (2009); at Maine as assistant head coach/outside linebackers coach (2006-08), assistant special teams/linebackers coach (2005), and defensive backs coach (2002-04) at Maine; and at Iowa as a quality control/defensive graduate assistant (1999-2001).

In his only year as the defensive coordinator, Smith helped make Rutgers one of the best defenses in college football, ranking fourth in the nation in points allowed per game (14.2), sixth in rush yards allowed per game (95.2) and 10th in total defense (311.6 YPG). Smith also helped Rutgers LB Khaseem Greene become an All-American.

Under Smith's guidance, Rutgers routinely had one of the best special teams units in college football. In 2012, the team led all FBS schools with eight blocked punts. They ranked second in 2011 and first in 2010 in blocked punts, with nine each year. While Smith was at Rutgers, the Scarlet Knights led the nation with 31 blocked punts.

A Pittsburgh native, Smith was a three-year letterman at Allegheny College, where he graduated in 1997. During his time with Maine, Smith helped oversee one of the Top FCS defenses in 2006, ranking in the top five in rush defense (first), total defense (second), sacks (third) and scoring defense (fourth).

Greg Schiano Head Coach
Brian Angelichio Tight Ends Coach
Bob Bostad Offensive Line Coach
Jay Butler Head Strength and Conditioning Coach
Earnest Byner Running Backs Coach
Bryan Cox Pass Rush Specialist
Bob Fraser Assistant Defensive Coordinator
Phil Galiano Assistant Special Teams Coach
John Garrett Wide Receivers Coach
Bob Gilmartin Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach
Jeff Hafley Secondary-Safeties Coach
Steve Loney Assistant Offensive Line Coach
Tem Lukabu Defensive Assistant
Kevin MacConnell Director of Football Operations
Ben McDaniels Offensive Assistant
John McNulty Quarterbacks Coach
Randy Melvin Defensive Line Coach
Tony Oden Secondary-Cornerbacks Coach
Jimmy Raye Senior Offensive Assistant
Bill Sheridan Defensive Coordinator
Robb Smith Linebackers Coach
Mike Sullivan Offensive Coordinator
Joe Vaughn Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach
Dave Wannstedt Special Teams Coordinator

– Some information provided in this report was courtesy of the Buccaneers Communication Department


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    Well looks like a Good crew lets see what happen.Looks like some great things.
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    I think this staff is going to make believe the fans that Tampa Bay is going to make big advancements in 2013 how about for once a 9 &7 or higher again and the playoffs-gobucs
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    Very experienced group NFL wise. I don't want to hear "send them back to college"!
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    Overall, seems like a good group. Now that Schiano has had the opportunity to select the coaches he REALLY wants, we will see if the results are better. Note that 4 of the 5 are Pennsylvania natives...just sayin'.
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    There is lots that could be said about Schiano's band of merrymen, but the pragmatic thing to do is to wish this motley crew well. If this works and the Bucs go to the playoffs or beyond, Schiano will be a genius. If not this will be a big part of the editorial comment on what went wrong! So, optimist that I am, Go Bucs!
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    Yeah, B. Davis will be the final piece of Chip Kelly's coaching staff, but it is Billy Davis, not Butch. . .Whew...close one!
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    thom, Butch Davis is in the Bucs Front Office. To be a member of a coaching staff would be a violation of his NoCarolina separation agreement.
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    So, was Butch Davis let go....or decided to move on?
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    Thanks macabee....
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