PewterReport.com has compiled a notebook with news and notes from Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., including notes on the participation of defensive backs Mike Tomlin, who is still without a contract, an update on Paul Hackett and much more. Jon Gruden and the Bucs staff will be coaching the South squad in this year’s game and all of the Bucs scouts are in attendance to scour over this year’s top NFL Draft prospects. Check back later in the day for more updates.
HACKETT ON HOLD: Most of Tampa Bay’s coaching staff is in Mobile for the Senior Bowl this week. While former New York Jets offensive coordinator Paul Hackett, who interviewed last week for the Bucs’ vacant quarterbacks coach position, is not in Mobile, he is expected to be hired soon, perhaps after some time off from the 2004 season.
Hackett, who has had previous coaching stints with Kansas City, the University of Southern California and the University of Pittsburgh, resigned under pressure following New York’s playoff loss to Pittsburgh last week.
TOMLIN JOINS BUCS AT SENIOR BOWL: Although he’s still without a contract and awaiting word from the Miami Dolphins after interviewing for their vacant defensive coordinator position, Tampa Bay defensive backs coach Mike Tomlin reported to Mobile, Ala. on Monday with most of the Bucs coaching staff to head up the South squad at Senior Bowl. Tomlin and assistant defensive backs coach Raheem Morris will coach the South’s defensive backs.
KIFFIN TO REPLACE MARINELLI AS D-LINE COACH ON SOUTH SQUAD: It appears as if only two Bucs assistant coaches – offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Bill Muir and assistant head coach/defensive line coach Rod Marinelli – did not make the trip to Mobile. Both are tending to previously reported health issues.
PewterReport.com has learned that Bucs defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin will coach the South squad’s defensive line in place of Marinelli. It is believed that newly hired senior assistant Aaron Kromer will serve as the team’s offensive line coach.
John Shoop, who was Tampa Bay’s quarterbacks coach in 2004, is a free agent coach without a contract and will not be a part of the Bucs coaching staff in Mobile.
BUCS WELL REPRESENTED AT SENIOR BOWL: Tampa Bay is being represented well by its coaching staff at Senior Bowl, but it’s not just because they are heading up the South team.
One Buccaneer Place is virtually a ghost town right now with the entire front office making the trip to Mobile, Ala. In addition to having regulars like general manager Bruce Allen, head coach Jon Gruden, director of college scouting Ruston Webster and the entire college scouting department in attendance, some pro scouts are also in attendance to help evaluate talent and interview prospects.
Due to the significance of the Bucs having 11 draft picks and the importance of the 2005 NFL Draft, the Bucs have even allocated director of pro personnel Mark Dominik and personnel executive Doug Williams, both of whom were not at the Senior Bowl last year, to Mobile for this week’s events.
Actually, Williams was at the Senior Bowl last season, but was not yet on the Bucs’ coaching staff. Gruden and Allen secretly interviewed Williams, who was then the head coach at Grambling, for a personnel executive positive at last year’s college all-star game.
MIDDLETON REUNITED WITH NICHOLS: University of Mississippi kicker Jonathan Nichols, who won the 2003 Lou Grozan Award, has been reunited with Bucs tight ends/assistant special teams coach Ron Middleton this week. Middleton served as Mississippi’s special teams coach before joining the Bucs’ coaching staff last year.
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Scott Reynolds is in his 23rd 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 enjoys giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]
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