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.
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]
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