Here is the latest on Kacy Rodgers, the former New York Jets defensive coordinator under Todd Bowles. The Bucs have been pursuing Rodgers to join Bruce Arians’ coaching staff in Tampa Bay as the defensive line coach, replacing Brentson Buckner. Rodgers and Bowles are close from their coaching days together in Dallas and Miami over a decade ago, in addition to New York most recently.

PewterReport.com has learned that Rodgers will be joining the Bucs’ coaching staff as the defensive line coach despite recently interviewing with the New York Giants. Buckner, who joined the Bucs last year to replace Jay Hayes, who was fired after Tampa Bay had a league-low 22 sacks in 2017, has signed with Oakland as the head defensive line coach. Buckner, who coached with Arians in Arizona from 2013-17, helped the defensive line improve and record 31.5 of the team’s 38 sacks this season.

Bucs DE Jason Pierre-Paul and former DL coach Brentson Buckner - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs DE Jason Pierre-Paul and former DL coach Brentson Buckner – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

The 49-year old Rodgers went to school at Tennessee and played one year for the Pittsburgh Steelers (1992) and one year for the Shreveport Pirates (1994) before getting into coaching in 1994 at Tennessee-Martin where he coached the defensive line for five years. Rodgers has also coached the defensive line at Northeast Louisiana (1999), Middle Tennessee State (1999-2001) and Arkansas (2002) at the collegiate level.

Rodgers jumped the NFL in 2003 as the defensive tackles coach in Dallas and then took over the entire defensive line from 2005-07 before moving on to Miami where he coached the D-line from 2008-14. Rodgers joined Bowles in New York as the defensive coordinator from 2015-18.

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Scott Reynolds is in his 24th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his son's Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]

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  1. Glad to hear. The fact that it took Licht to unleash Vea when Buckner seemed to see him as strictly a space-eating NT really personified the disconnect between the FO and the coaching staff that PR has mentioned so often. Liked Buckner, but a change seemed in order. Have read some great things about Rodgers, though he seems to be a better DL coach than DC. Evidently the NYG’s interest in adding him to their staff was due to his work with Vernon and the fact he credits Rodgers with pretty much everything he knows about rushing the passer. Interesting to see what happens with Vernon, as there’s talk the Giants may release him due to $$. Regardless, excited to see what Bowles, Rodgers and Co. can do with this defense.

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  2. Why did y’all frame that as a question instead of getting straight to the point? No need for clickbait.

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  3. Good hire.

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  4. I’ve been hearing about how stupid I was all season saying Vita Vita was no good and now Buckner said it I definitely believe Buckner a lot more than I do Jason covering his ass with a bad first pick

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  5. All season I said every time they put fat Veta in the other team runs right at him Chef boho CG master Buck ass Bob is a moron Vita Vea is a monster he gets a bunch of tackles and I say every tackle he makes its for yardage for the other team in the chains keep moving now Buckner has come out and said that they made him play him and then he’s no good come on Chef boho say Buckner’s a moron to

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    • I’m hoping Rodgers is able to get Noah Spence, who looked so promising as a rookie, back on the field and productive. Perhaps he can even squeeze something out of high-priced Will Gholston.

      Where did you see a quote from Buckner criticizing Vita Vea? If you are actually watching the games; did you happen to notice highly paid Beau Allen making any plays this past season? If so, you might realize that Vea was a big improvement over a true “fat ass” in # 91.

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  6. Buc-ass-Bob, are you hitting the sauce, sniffing glue, watch much football? Do you notice how many down votes you get?

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  7. Ya your right there where only 87 lineman with more tackles than fat man and 83 lineman with more sacks than fat man in 2018 regular season I must be on the sauce me and Buckner both

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    • Where did you find what Buckner said about Vita? Unless you can show what he said, I believe you made it up. I don’t think Bob watches games as Vita was dominating at times and was making a lot of tackles for loses. You’re telling me for only playing 13 (11 healthy) games, and starting 8 games that he made 28 tackles and 3 sacks, but that 87 more linemen made more than him. He was 3rd on the Bucs defensive line (behind JPP 58 and Nassib 29) with that many tackles, Fourth on the Bucs defensive line in sacks ( JPP 12, Carl 6.5, GMC 6). Yeah He must really suck Bob.

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      • Don’t bother trying to correct bob. He lives in a completely different world then the rest of us. Bob, do you even think about what you said before you hit the,post, button? Your comparing lineman who played all year vs a guy who literally missed almost a 1/3 of the season. Do you realize how dumb that comparison is? Get a grip bob, your as wrong about Vea as you are our boy Winston. I try to leave
        You alone but when you feel the need to call me out, I feel the need to prove how dumb your comparisons usually are. Just when I thought you were trending up in the “like” column, you go and put yourself right back at the bottom again.

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      • lol Bucc-Ass is the token troll of the website and we shouldn’t be feeding him. I will say though that if he is serious about his opinion on Vea, he clearly wasn’t watching after “the talk” he had with Licht when he started really playing nasty and eating up double teams regularly.

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  8. I like Buck and was really high on him coming in. The stats though, didn’t live up to the hype for me. Our sack numbers went up because of JPP and Carl Nasty, not so much because of Buck as our old players’ production didn’t pick up. I’m all for new faces as we need a serious culture change in this locker room. I look forward to seeing what kind of team we field this coming season.

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