The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have hired former New York Jets offensive coordinator Paul Hackett as their quarterbacks coach. The official announcement came on Monday from Mobile, Ala., where Hackett was not in attendance with most of Bucs coaching staff and scouts. has learned that is taking some time off before reporting for duty Bucs.>

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers,” said Hackett. “Jon Gruden has had remarkable success and continues to be on the cutting edge of offensive football. It’s an honor for me to join Coach Gruden and his staff, one of the premier staffs in the NFL. Jon brings so much enthusiasm to the game and I am really excited to be a part of it.”

Hackett replaces John Shoop as Tampa Bay’s quarterbacks coach. Shoop spent one year working in that capacity after Stan Parrish was not retained after the 2003 season.

“Change is hard, but we’re obviously excited to be working with Paul Hackett,” said Gruden. “He’s a guy, at least in my circles, is the best quarterbacks coach in my lifetime. He’s going to be a tremendous resource for me and this coaching staff.”

Hackett, who previously served as the head coach and offensive coordinator at the University of Southern California, was the New York Jets offensive coordinator from 2001-2004 before resigning from that post last week.

The Jets offense finished the 2004 season ranked 17th in the NFL in scoring and scored only four offensive touchdowns in the last four games. Under Hackett, the highest the Jets offense finished a season ranked was 15th in scoring, which occurred in 2002.

In 1991, Gruden, served as the wide receivers coach at the University of Pittsburgh under Hackett, has worked with quarterbacks such as Joe Montana, Rich Gannon, Carson Palmer and Chad Pennington.

Although he has no pro playing experience, Hackett, who has spent most of his coaching days in the West Coast system, has 16 years of pro coaching experience, including jobs with the Cleveland Browns (1981-81), the San Francisco 49ers (1983-85), the Dallas Cowboys (1986-88), the Kansas City Chiefs (1993-97) and the New York Jets (2001-04).

“He’s done it at all levels,” Gruden said of Hackett. “He’s been the best at every level of football and gotten results everywhere he’s been. He’s a tremendous technician and he’s very creative, especially when it comes to communicating with the quarterbacks.”

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