On Thursday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers officially announced coaching moves that had been reported over the past two months.
As previously reported, the Bucs have hired former Southern California coaches Jethro Franklin and Greg Burns as their new defensive line coach and defensive backs coach, respectively.
Franklin replaces former Tampa Bay assistant head coach/defensive line coach Rod Marinelli, who accepted a head coaching job with the Detroit Lions in January.
Franklin has 15 years of defensive line coaching experience, including five as a pro from his stint with the Green Bay Packers. The 2005 season was Franklin’s first and only year with the Trojans, who played in the 2005 National Championship Game.
Burns fills the vacancy left by Mike Tomlin, who was became the Minnesota Vikings’ defensive backs coach in January.
A coaching veteran of nine seasons, Burns spent four years as USC’s secondary coach. The Trojans have produced several NFL-caliber defensive backs, including safeties Darnell Bing, Scott Ware and Troy Polamalu, and cornerback Will Poole, during Burns’ tenure.
Tampa Bay also hired Jimmy Lake as a replacement for former Bucs assistant defensive backs coach Raheem Morris, who accepted the defensive coordinator job at Kansas State just before the 2005 regular season ended.
Lake spent 2005 at Montana State, where he served as the school’s secondary coach.
The Bucs have also filled their vacancies at the offensive and defensive quality control positions, vacated by Kyle Shanahan and Joe Woods, respectively. The Bucs hired Nathaniel Hackett and Tim Berbenich as new offensive quality control coaches, and Casey Bradley as the team’s new defensive quality control coach.
Nathaniel Hackett, who is the son of Bucs quarterbacks coach Paul Hackett, spent last year as specialists coach/recruiting coordinator at Stanford University.
Berbenich spent the past three seasons with the New York Jets, including one season (2005) as their quality control coach.
Bradley spent the last 10 years at North Dakota State University. He spent the past seven seasons as the school’s defensive coordinator.
In addition to filling vacancies, the Bucs also have promoted a few of their own coaches.
Running backs coach Art Valero has been given the added title of assistant head coach, which had been held by Marinelli since 2002.
Special teams coach Richard Bisaccia was promoted to special teams coordinator. Like Valero, Bisaccia has been part of head coach Jon Gruden’s staff since 2002.
Bucs senior assistant Aaron Kromer, who worked with offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Bill Muir last year after coming over from Oakland, had his title changed to senior assistant/offensive line.
Tampa Bay did not renew the contract of strength and conditioning coach Garrett Giemont, who was originally hired in 2003. Instead, the Bucs promoted Mike Morris to head strength and conditioning coach and have hired Kurt Shultz as their assistant strength and conditioning coach.
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