One of the biggest issues for the Bucs defense in 2015 was the secondary. In fact, you could arguably say it was one of the things that cost Lovie Smith his job as head coach.
New defensive coordinator Mike Smith and head coach Dirk Koetter hope they have found the person who can help turn around a secondary that was a revolving circle of musical chairs.
Jon Hoke will be in charge of the defensive backs in 2016 according to reports, after spending last season as co-defensive coordinator for Steve Spurrier at South Carolina. Ironically Hoke spent time as the secondary coach for Lovie Smith, coaching the Bears from 2009-2014. After Smith was let go in Chicago, Hoke stuck on Marc Trestman’s staff but was let go following the firing of Trestman in 2014.
The Tampa Bay Times is reporting that running backs coach Tim Spencer, QB coach Mike Bajakian and tight ends coach John Embree all have been retained by Koetter. In addition Koetter added two other coaches to his defensive staff as Jay Hayes will coach the defensive line, Marc Duffner takes over for Hardy Nickerson working with the linebackers and Nate Koczar will be in charge of Tampa Bay’s special teams.
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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Anything is better then what was coaching our DB’s last year. Hayes is a really good d-line coach. Go Buc’s
Its tough to see a fan favorite in Hardy Nickerson go, especially since linebacking wasnt a problem. It must be a scheme thing or maybe Hardy was a Lovie guy and didn’t want to stick around. It would be interesting to hear his comments.
Did Hardy leave on his own like Cullen or was he let go?
LB not a problem? What caused David to disappear?
hardy and cullen were the only coaches on defense retained after firing lovie… with cullen being denied other interviews… so i believe it was a Koetter/Smith decision to go with their own guys
Glad to see the DC is putting his group together. Go Bucs!
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