New Bucs head coach has been busy the last two days putting his staff together. On Friday the list grew longer.
Joining the Bucs’ staff will be two linebackers coaches, Mike Caldwell who will coach the team’s inside linebackers and Larry Foote who will coach the team’s outside linebackers.
One more key piece on board for Bruce Arians' Bucs staff — former Steelers LB and Cards assistant Larry Foote will coach OLBs, as @NFLstroud reported. He's 38 and will work alongside Mike Caldwell, 47, another former NFL linebacker who will coach ILBs.
Caldwell played for six teams over an 11-year NFL career and began coaching with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2008 as a defensive quality control coach and was moved up to assistant linebackers coach and eventually the team’s linebackers coach before departing to join Arians’ staff as the Cardinal’s linebackers coach 2013-2014. Caldwell has since spent the last four years in New York under Todd Bowles as the Jets’ assistant head coach and linebackers coach.
Foote played under Arians for multiple years in Pittsburgh and in 2014 in Arizona. He then began coaching in 2015 as he was hired to be Arizona’s assistant linebackers coach under Arians in 2015 before spending the last three seasons as the team’s linebackers coach.
In addition to the two linebackers coaches the Bucs also added Joe Gilbert to serve as the team’s offensive line coach and Kevin Ross to be the team’s cornerbacks coach.
Bucs agreed to terms with U of Arizona OL coach Joe Gilbert, who will coach the offensive line.
— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) January 12, 2019
Gilbert was the offensive line coach in Indianapolis with Arians and held the position for five years before joining Kevin Sumlin last year at the University of Arizona. In Gilbert’s lone season with Arizona the Wildcats allowed just 20 sacks over 13 games, averaged 202.4 rushing yards per game and ranked 24th in the nation with 457.7 yards of total offense per game.
Ross spent 14 years in the NFL as a cornerback and safety and worked as a defensive backs coach with the Vikings, Chargers and Raiders before joining Arians’ staff in Arizona as cornerbacks coach from 2013 to 2017.