The Bucs continue to hire new coaches as Gill Byrd has been added to coach cornerbacks, but Tony Sparano, who was poised to become Tampa Bay's offensive line coach, opted to stay in Oakland. The Bucs continue to interview general manager candidates this weekend.
The Buccaneers have hired Gil Byrd to be the team’s cornerbacks coach. Byrd coached with new head coach Lovie Smith for seven seasons in Chicago as a defensive quality control coach (2006), an assistant defensive backs coach (2007), and safeties coach (2008-12). Byrd also worked in St. Louis as the Rams’ defensive assistant (2003-04) and as an assistant secondary coach (2006).
Byrd was a cornerback in the NFL for 10 seasons (1983-92) with San Diego, and retired as the Chargers’ all-time interceptions leader with 42 and interception return yardage leader with 546 yards. Byrd, a four-time All-Pro and a two-time Pro Bowler, retired after the 1992 season and was inducted into the Chargers Hall of Fame in 1998.
Byrd, whose son Jairus is a three-time All-Pro and Pro Bowler with the Buffalo Bills, began working in the NFL in 1999 as the Green Bay Packers executive director/player programs and community afairs for three seasons.
The Buccaneers could be looking to Chicago in free agency to sign some of Smith’s former players, including Charles Tillman, who was coached by Byrd.
In other Bucs coaching news, Oakland offensive line coach Tony Sparano will not be joining Tampa Bay’s coaching staff in the same capacity. Reports suggest that Sparano was leveraging the Buccaneers into a pay increase to stay with the Raiders. Oakland announced Sparano would stay on as the offensive line coach, signing a two-year contract extension.
The Buccaneers have begun interviewing several candidates for its vacant general manager position. Among those slated to interview with the Glazers on Saturday include Atlanta Falcons director of player personnel Lionel Vital and Tennessee Titans vice president of football operations Lake Dawson. Washington Redskins director of pro personnel Morocco Brown interviewed on Friday. Brown interviewed for the Arizona Cardinals general manager position a year ago.
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