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February 9, 2012 @ 8:14 pm
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Report: Davis Hired As Bucs Senior Defensive Assistant

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According to a report by FoxSports.com's Alex Marvez, the Bucs hired Butch Davis to join Greg Schiano's staff in Tampa Bay. Davis, who will serve as the team's senior defensive assistant, hired Schiano to coach the Hurricanes defense from 1999-2000 when he was Miami's head coach.
The Buccaneers have hired longtime college and NFL veteran coach Butch Davis to serve as the team’s senior assistant on defense, according to a report by Alex Marvez of FoxSports.com. A source told PewterReport.com that Davis had yet to sign a contract with the team, but appearances suggest that he is indeed close to joining Greg Schiano’s staff.

The hiring of Davis as a senior defensive assistant is a curious one due to the fact that the Bucs have yet to settle on a defensive coordinator. University of Florida defensive coordinator Dan Quinn reportedly turned down the chance to be Tampa Bay’s defensive coordinator earlier in the week.

Davis began his NFL coaching career with the Dallas Cowboys under Jimmy Johnson, coaching the defensive line from 1989-1992 before becoming the team’s defensive coordinator from ’93-’94. He then moved on to the college ranks where he served as the head coach for the Miami Hurricanes from 1995-2000. He went 51-20 with Miami with winning records in five out of six seasons.

Davis had previously coached the Hurricanes defensive line from 1984-88, winning a national championship with Johnson, who served as Miami’s head coach, in 1987.

It was Davis’ tenure as head coach that he hired Schiano to serve as the Hurricanes defensive coordinator from 1999-2000. Schiano and Davis became friends during their time together in Miami.

Following the 2000 season, Davis left for the NFL where he was the head coach of the Cleveland Browns from 2001-04 before being fired after going 24-34 in four seasons.

Davis was hired by the University of North Carolina to serve as the team’s head coach from 2007-2010 where he amassed a 28-23 record, including three straight 8-5 seasons before he was fired after the 2010 season following NCAA violations for Tarheels players receiving illegal payments.

The hiring of Davis comes on the heels of the Buccaneers reportedly hiring longtime NFL offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye to serve as the team’s offensive senior assistant. The Bucs have interviewed John Shoop, who served as North Carolina’s offensive coordinator/quarterback under Davis from 2007-11, for the vacant offensive coordinator job. Shoop served as the Bucs quarterbacks coach in 2004 under Jon Gruden.

Shoop served as Chicago’s offensive coordinator prior to coming to Tampa Bay from 2001-03, and then coached in Oakland from 2005-06, coaching quarterbacks (’05) and tight ends (’06).

Other assistant coaches that have reportedly been hired by Schiano include several assistants from Rutgers, including Jeff Hafley, Tem Lukabu, Bob Fraser, Jay Butler and P.J. Fleck. At Rutgers, Hafley coached defensive backs, Lukabu coached outside linebackers, Angelichio coached tight ends, Fraser coached linebackers, defensive line and was also a defensive coordinator during his tenure, while Butler was the strength and conditioning coach.

The Bucs have also hired Randy Melvin, who will likely take over as the defensive line coach. Melvin has previously coached with Schiano at Rutgers as the team’s defensive line coach from 2002-03 and again in 2010.

The Buccaneers have yet to officially confirm any of the reported signings.

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    Well Horse and other fans that follow the bucs. I love the info saying that tampa bay news is like a stealth bomber don't know what will be said. I really love the hire's a mixture between vetreran coaches and young college colleges. I really think if the fans that have been around as long s I have. That this 2012 hiring has been a wonderful surprise espically one GM talk to another and we got that fine Young but a veteran College coach who has been in the nfl route before but at a low key. And the players that are mention who Tampa may go after is very rewarding, and this year Tampa Bay Bucs won't have to shut down several months so when training camps comes Tampa will be prepared and Iam looking forward to coming to Tampa my home where I was born and grewup and graduate at my beloved HB Plant High School. All I can say is WOW and GO BUCS. Can anyone relate to what Iam saying Horse and other fans that voice their opions. Iam just wondering if anybody out there read the comments. GO BUCS @
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    georgehicks, I read them and good for you for expressing yourself. What do you think we should have done to make this situation better?
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    The search for coaches has been at times dreadful but in the end we come out with good coaches at the key spots. What a relief.
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    I love the hire, don't like how it appears. We appear to have named him as a consultant so he can still get paid by UNC, if this is true this will doing nothing but hurt us next time we try to hire someone away from another team. Teams will continue to block us and screw us because we are screwing UNC. If this is infact true, hope it isn't.
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    This team is just wacky, the whole coaching search and hiring process has been absurd!
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    Checkmeout, you are right in that B. Davis doesn't have the DC title so that it doesn't conflict with him being able to continue to get paid by UNC. This was confirmed by ProFootballTalk. Make no mistake about it everyone, Butch is our new DC. I for one like it.
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    I love what I heard from one of the sports news guys last night on TV said about any news coming from the Buccaneer organization? He called them "One Stealth Place".
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    The Glass Window Installers seem to want to build a Rutgers Football team. Rutgers does have an excellent Men's Soccer Program with many coaches winning NSCAA Regional coaches of the year. Maybe they intend to make the Bucs a farm club for Manchester United, and this is the first step...
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    I like Davis. Let's see where this goes.
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    I think there is a difference between being "Cheap" and "Smart" There are several ways that Davis could impact our defense without the Coodinator title and still get his money from NC. An advisory position with benifits down the road is one. Again regardless of who held the title of OC, Gruden ran the offense, just like Schirona wil influence the defense The exposure of NFL tenured coaches can be very helpful to predominatly college oriented ones. Now they need to move on to coordinators and position coaches to round out thier staff. Go Bucs
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    bcrowell: Will you at least learn how to spell the name of the family who owns your favorite football team? It's G-L-A-Z-E-R. There is no letter "i" in their name. A glazier, as you so often misspell, is a person who installs glass windows.
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    scubog, you are also so funny. I always enjoy what you have to say. Have you considered the PR job for the Bucs; I think they need a little help in that area and you could help them.
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    No it is spelled GLoser
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    Davis and Raye are supposed to help...use the knowledge something that Morris never had...very smart move...we have alot of NFL exp on both sides of the ball...now we have to get these young OC and DC coaches in place...
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    Don't you guy get it? We can't call him DC because the Glaziers won't pay him enough to release him from his other contact. They're doing it on the cheap...again. This is crazy.
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    Cheap??? 2.7 mil for a defensive coordinator is very expensive that's more than what 95% of them make and some coaches. It's more along the lines of them not wanting to mess up the easy money that he is getting than being cheap.
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    It looks as though Butch is our new DC. We just can't call him a coach or he loses 2.7 mil owed from UNC. Distasteful verbal legal sparing. But it sounds good to me if we get Butch. Now set our sights on some real talent to make that type of D work. CB Brandon Carr, S Tyvon Branch and MLB Stephen Tulloch would go a long way towards making this all work out. Cut Talib and Black and there is half the money it would cost us.
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    From what I understand it's to do with UNC and the money he is owed by them. If he takes on a coordinator role anywhere he is not eligible for this payment or some of it is deducted from his pay in tampa and is trying to get around it, this was according to bucpower article though http://www.tampabay.com/sports/football/bucs/tampa-bay-buccaneers-talk-to-butch-davis-about-becoming-senior-defensive/1214825
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    I think what it means is at age 65 Davis might not have it in him to be D.C.. It's a demanding job in the Fl heat. But his friend needs an old hand to help keep an I on things when they hire a young D.C. Davis can groom. Same might happen on offense with Jimmy Raye on board. Needless to say, none of these new hires will be clubing with the players.
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    Go Bucs!!!
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    I say that's more like it. Welcome abroad BUTCH DAVIS is a good hired. All therse so call Bucs Bashers came eat Crow, when Tampa goes into their stadium and do things tthis year whrn Tampa hasnot done in quite a long time. And the fans will come back vey soon GO BUCS
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    what exactly is a "Senior Defensive Assistant" - is Schiano planning to be Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator? - With as many coaches who have turned down the Bucs (either personally or through their current team "refusing permission") they are once again the laughing stock of the league. I hope I am wrong. Can someone give me reason to think this will work out?
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    If Schiano wants some senior/experienced personnel for his staff and needs a defensive coordinator, he my as well go after and bring back Monte Kiffin and start by getting the defense under control. Way, way, way too many points given up by our upstart defensive unit. Monte, I welcome you back with open arms!! Also, maybe he (Schiano) should see if he could hire the A-Train to come in as possibly the strength and conditioning coach, (if not a running back / offensive coach). I mean, let's face it, having someone like him on the staff could only be beneficial to the young group of players we have, and he probably could still pull vehicles through the parking lot today! If this team is going to get back to where they were 10 years ago, maybe it's time to go old school. Discipline is a MUST, and if Schiano brings it to the table, I'm 100% behind him.
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    I smell some kind of issue around contracts terms and money being part of these strange titles. I'm I the only one is getting depressed watching the Glaziers go through this tortured process?
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    The search for coordinators and assistants seems odd. The assistants appear to be getting hired before the coordinators and the most experienced hires look like they're being hired for senior/advisory roles. I wonder why Davis wouldn't be hired for the coordinator position, unless he didn't want it or they didn't offer it to him. Maybe it will all make sense when the staff is complete.
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    I will wait for the official word before I say anything. Again, I don't believe there is any rush to announce this until all contracts are signed; then Schiano can introduce his coaching team. Go Bucs!
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    "The hiring of Davis as a senior defensive assistant is a curious one due to the fact that the Bucs have yet to settle on a defensive coordinator." Curious indeed. Why not just make Butch the DC? I just don't like the idea of hiring 1st level leaders (position coaches) and mentors right before you bring in new middle management (coordinators). This just seems backwards filling slots before we get our "Department Directors"...
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    great move lots of exp. on both sides of the ball .
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    I th ink its an interesting move myself
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