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January 16, 2014 @ 3:32 pm
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Bucs Add Embree As TE Coach; Borgonzi As Defensive QC

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Lovie Smith is putting the final touches on his coaching roster as the Buccaneers announced the addition of two more to his staff with the hiring of former Colorado head coach Jon Embree as their new tight ends coach and Dave Borgonzi as a defensive quality control coach.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced on Thursday that they have hired Jon Embree as tight ends coach and added Dave Borgonzi as defensive quality control coach.
Embree, a 22-year coaching veteran, comes to the Buccaneers after one season as the tight ends coach for Cleveland (2013), during which Browns tight end Jordan Cameron earned a Pro Bowl berth and ranked second in the NFL in receiving yards by a tight end (917).
Prior to joining the Browns, Embree was the head coach at the University of Colorado for two seasons (2011-12). Embree has spent a total of 17 years at Colorado as a player (1983-86) and coach (1991; 1993-2002). Following his playing career with Colorado, Embree was selected in the sixth-round of the 1987 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams. He played two seasons (1987-88) for the team before retiring.
After getting his start in coaching with the Buffaloes, Embree spent three seasons as an assistant head coach at UCLA, working with wide receivers (2003) and tight ends (2004-05). Embree got his start in the NFL as a tight ends coach for the Kansas City Chiefs, a position he held for three seasons (2006-08), before joining the Washington Redskins for one season (2010).
Borgonzi joins Tampa Bay following three seasons (2011-13) serving as offensive assistant for the Dallas Cowboys, where his primary duties included assisting in weekly breakdowns and scouting reports of each opponent while also working with the scout team during daily practices.
Borgonzi spent five seasons coaching collegiately prior to his time with Dallas, working at Harvard University (2008-10) and Syracuse (2006-07). He was a three-year starter and senior-year captain at Amherst College, where he played linebacker.

Smith now had an announced staff of 16 assistant coaches.


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    I wonder what Embree will do with the Crystal chandeliers we have masquerading as TEs. The only bright spot was Wright. Stocker has been broken since his arrival. And Crabtree just vanished. Was Schiano's staff to blame? Does Tedford's playbook require a high level of production from this position? If so, will the draft or free agency be the answer? Hmmmm.
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    I like the selections of coaches that has join the bucs and lovie smith-GO BUCS
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    I am so happy not to see 7 Rutgers assistants on the staff!
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    Solid hires.
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    Yet another former head coach added to the staff. The players are in for some excellent coaching and I certainly look forward to seeing results coming in WINS!
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    Now we just need to get Embree a two way TE in the draft to make into an all pro for the Bucs! Love the new hires. Schiano talked the talk, but just as the saying goes talk is cheap! Lovie is Walking the Walk with this staff, and we should expect outstanding results. I just wish that the Glazers had run off Schiano and Sheridan and his many inept coaches but kept the good ones and promoted Wannstedt to Interim Coach. I know some fans would have opposed that and pointed out Wannstedt washed out as the Dolphin Coach, but look what a job the Seahawks' Coach has done this year and he previously had washed out of the NFL twice. Wannstedt would have already turned this team around and had it set for Lovie to take over and Lovie would have also picked up good Coaches including Bostad who in my book did one heck of a good job last year and Lovie could have had Wannstedt as one of his trusted Asst. Coaches. (I know the Browns have been embarrassed by many Coaches turning them down, they ought to hire Wannstedt as their HC and he could turn them around.)
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    Looks like another good hire. This staff is head and shoulders above Schianos staff. We can't blame coaching any longer as it will be up to the players to perform. This looks like a no nonsense staff. Now we need a top O-Line coach.
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    Most of the coaching hires have coached players to pro bowl status or have been head coaches themselves. This is unprecedented as far as I remember. The excitement continues to build. Go Bucs!!
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