Tag:Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Posted on: February 13, 2012 6:07 pm
Edited on: February 13, 2012 6:07 pm

Davis officially hired as Schiano's assistant

Butch Davis has been added to the Tampa Bay payroll. (US Presswire)
By Josh Katzowitz

The Buccaneers have made official what the rumors have said for the past week or so: former Browns coach Butch Davis has joined the Buccaneers staff to be an assistant to new head coach Greg Schiano.

"Butch has been a close friend and mentor of mine going back to our time together at Miami. I am excited to have his extensive football background and knowledge on board," Schiano said in a statement released by the team.

"He has had success on every level, and I know he will be a huge asset, not only to me, but to the entire Buccaneers organization."

The two worked together when Davis was the head coach at the University of Miami and Schiano was the defensive coordinator. Davis left the job to become the Browns head coach, but he failed there before heading to the University of North Carolina and eventually getting fired last summer.

But in order to help ease Schiano’s transition from Rutgers football to the NFL, Davis probably will add some much-needed advice for Schiano.

"This is a terrific opportunity to be a part of what Coach Schiano is building in Tampa Bay," said Davis. "It is an honor to be here to help Greg and the Buccaneers in any way I can."

So, what will Davis be doing? Well, it’s kind of unclear.

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In the team’s announcement, it said, “In his new role with the Buccaneers, Davis will assist and advise head coach Greg Schiano in a wide range of football aspects.”

What’s interesting about that is, as the Tampa Bay Times wrote about last week, that North Carolina owes Davis $1.7 million in severance from 2013-15.

If Davis takes another coaching job, that payment would disappear.

In this case, since Davis won’t (hypothetically) be an official “assistant coach,” I assume Davis can still collect in full from his former employer.

Now that he’ll be making money as Schiano’s assistant as well, that’s a pretty good payday for a coach who’s been fired from his last two jobs.

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Posted on: February 10, 2012 10:26 pm
Edited on: February 11, 2012 10:35 am

Bucs hire Mike Sullivan as offensive coordinator

The Bucs hope Sullivan can do for Freeman what he did for Manning in New York. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

Four years ago, then-Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo was responsible for the game plan that helped New York to an improbable victory over the undefeated Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. A year later, he landed the Rams head-coaching gig based largely off what he accomplished that night.

Things didn't quite go according to plan in St. Louis (Spagnuolo sandwiched one- and two-win seasons around a 7-9 effort in 2010); he was mercifully relieved of his duties this January.

Giants quarterback coach Mike Sullivan appears to be following a similar path; after serving as Eli Manning's quarterback coach for the past two seasons, he has been hired by new Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano to serve as the team's offensive coordinator.

"We are very fortunate to add someone like Mike Sullivan to lead our offensive coaching staff," Schiano said in a statement. "He is a man of character and a complete football coach, who fits with the kind of football team we are building here. His work with the Giants over the past eight seasons speaks for itself. Mike was an integral part of that team winning two Super Bowls in the last five years and we look forward to him bringing that experience and expertise to our club."

Sullivan, who was hired the same day he interviewed for the position, was the Giants' wide receivers coach from 2004-2009 and coached the quarterbacks in 2010-11 after Chris Palmer left for the UFL.

As the Newark Star-Ledger's Mike Garafolo notes, Sulliven was criticized in 2010 when Manning tossed 25 interceptions (even though he also threw for more than 4,000 yards and 31 touchdowns).

A season later, Manning was one of the best quarterbacks in the league. He threw for 4,933 yards -- including 29 touchdowns and 16 picks -- completed 61 percent of his passes and had a career-best 8.4 yards per attempt. According to Football Outsiders' quarterback efficiency metric, Manning ranked sixth in total value behind Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Tony Romo and Matt Stafford.  In four postseason games, including the Super Bowl, Manning had nine touchdowns, a lone pick and a passer rating of 103.3.

Sullivan will be tasked with revitalizing an offense that stagnated last season after a surprising 10-6 effort in 2010. Quarterback Josh Freeman was a top-10 quarterback heading into training camp; he was coming off a 25 TD-6 INT effort in '10 and seemed ready to get the Bucs back to the playoffs. But he -- along with everybody else on the team -- regressed in 2011.

By the time it was over, Freeman had 16 touchdowns and 22 interceptions and Tampa Bay limped into the offseason with a 4-12 record. The result cost Raheem Morris his job, but provided Sullivan an opportunity to hopefully do for Freeman what he did for Manning.

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Posted on: February 9, 2012 7:52 pm
Edited on: February 9, 2012 7:59 pm

Report: Schiano hires Butch Davis as assistant

By Josh Katzowitz

Late last month, we told you that new Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano reportedly would hire former Browns coach Butch Davis. We called it a good move, because Davis, formerly at the University of Miami before moving to the NFL, could help ease Schiano’s transition from the Rutgers head coaching job to the pros.

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Now, Foxsports.com is reporting that the Buccaneers hired Davis on Thursday and named him a senior defensive assistant. The Tampa Bay Times, however, writes that the deal is not yet completed.

And what does a senior defensive assistant do? As Alex Marvez writes, “Davis will work closely with new Bucs head coach Greg Schiano and whomever the team ultimately names its defensive coordinator.” The Times also writes the new job could be more of an advisory role for Davis.

Schiano worked as Davis’ defensive coordinator at Miami, so the two obviously have a relationship.

Considering Davis was fired from the University of North Carolina last July, Schiano has provided Davis a nice landing spot to resume his coaching career.

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Posted on: February 2, 2012 7:41 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2012 7:42 pm

Gerald McCoy: Bucs 'lacked discipline' in 2011

McCoy said the Bucs "lacked discipline" in 2011, but expects a bounceback next year. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

INDIANAPOLIS -- Gerald McCoy's second season in the NFL wasn't a particularly great one. The defensive lineman, the third-overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, played in just six games because of injury, recorded just one sack, and saw the Buccaneers defense fall apart down the stretch after he went down.

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But McCoy, who's moonlighting as a reporter for OCNN this week, sounded pumped about the prospect of new Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano coming to Florida.

"From what I found out, he's well-respected in the coaching circle," McCoy said Thursday. "I got to interview Bill Belichick earlier this week and he told me personally that he's learned a lot of stuff he knows from Coach Schiano. For a coach like Bill Belichick to give my new coach a stamp of approval? You can't ask for anything better than that.

"He's defensive-minded and I'm a defensive player, so that's what I'm looking for."

McCoy also acknowledged that last season's debacle was partially caused by a lack of discipline within the locker room, something that most folks believed happened, especially late in the year.

"Here's the thing: in order to be a great team in the NFL, coming off a 10-win season, you're not going to surprise anybody any more," McCoy said. "So you're going to get everyone's best. And you can't do the same things if you're going to be great in this league. I learned that from Warren Sapp. You've got to give them something new.

"I just think our discipline level dropped a little bit. We kind of had the second-year slump coming off a 10-win season and kind of living off that. But I think we had a wake-up call. We got a new coach, they changed a lot of things and I think we're going to be back."

So was Raheem Morris too friendly with his players? Or just too young to enforce discipline? McCoy didn't go that far, but he did say that the Bucs "lacked discipline" during the disastrous 2011 campaign.

"Yeah, we just lacked discipline in a lot of areas," McCoy said. "That's not to take anything away from [Morris]. I loved what he did. But it's a business and sometimes you have to make business moves and change some things up. I wish him all the best."

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Posted on: January 30, 2012 12:33 pm

Report: Schiano could tap Butch Davis for help

Greg Schiano will tap Butch Davis to help him coach in Tampa Bay (US Presswire).

By Josh Katzowitz

With Greg Schiano taking over the head coaching job in Tampa Bay, don’t be surprised if he brings back oldie-but-goodie Butch Davis to help him with his staff.

That’s the word from Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, which writes that since Schiano worked as Davis’ defensive coordinator at the University of Miami and then coached the Browns from 2001-04, he’d be a good sounding board for the former Rutgers head coach.

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It actually makes a bit of sense. Even though Davis ultimately failed in Cleveland, he knows the rigors of going from coaching college football to coaching pro football, and he can possibly help Schiano avoid some of the pitfalls he might have faced.

King also writes about how Patriots coach Bill Belichick helped get Schiano the job, calling Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik and saying that Schiano was NFL-ready. Schiano, I imagine, appreciated the gesture.

"We trust one another,” Schiano told King. "I think we see things the same way -- not schematically, necessarily, but principally.”

One other note from King: Schiano had to miss Joe Paterno’s memorial service last Thursday in order to finalize the Buccaneers deal. Considering Paterno was one of Schiano’s mentors, that was a tough decision for him to make.

"Thursday was one of the most exciting days of my life, getting this job, and also one of the saddest, because I missed Joe's service,'' he said. "I learned so much from Joe. Like, 'The only bad decision is indecision.' I can't tell you how significant a statement that is.”

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Posted on: January 27, 2012 7:09 pm
Edited on: January 27, 2012 7:11 pm

Report: Rams also interviewed Greg Schiano

By Josh Katzowitz

Apparently, the Buccaneers weren’t the only team interested in hiring former Rutgers and current Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano.

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According to Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, the Rams recently spent a day in New Jersey interviewing Schiano and there was a “very good chance” St. Louis would have hired him if Jeff Fisher had turned down the team’s offer.

In fact, Schiano was interested enough in the job to call Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops to discuss Rams quarterback Sam Bradford.

While the Buccaneers hiring of Schiano has been panned for the most part (or, at the very least, I haven’t seen the transaction praised very much, if at all), Tampa Bay apparently wasn’t alone in thinking that Schiano would make a legitimate NFL head coach.

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Posted on: January 26, 2012 11:50 pm
Edited on: January 27, 2012 6:46 pm

Dolphins hire Mike Sherman as OC

Sherman's reportedly set to become the Dolphins OC. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Mike Sherman missed out on the Buccaneers job when Tampa hired Greg Schiano of Rutgers, and his consolation prize will be the offensive coordinator position with the Miami Dolphins.

The team officially announced Friday evening that Sherman would take over Miami's offense and that Miami had hired Bengals secondary coach Kevin Coyle to fill the defensive coordinator position.

“I’m excited that Mike Sherman and Kevin Coyle have decided to accept the positions of offensive and defensive coordinator of the Miami Dolphins, respectively,” said Dolphins coach Joe Philbin in a statement.“They are exactly what I am looking for in terms of leadership, character, and teaching ability. They are both very passionate about the game of football and the players they coach, and that enthusiasm is evident in the meetings rooms and on the field. They are excellent family men and I’m thrilled they are joining the Dolphins’ football family. I can’t wait to get started to work with them.”

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Sherman and Philbin have a long history together, as Sherman originally hired Philbin with the Packers. Sherman was the head coach in Green Bay from 2000-05, and posted a 57-39 record during that time.

He was also offensive coordinator with the Seahawks in 1999 and the Texans in 2007. Sherman's only had two team (1999 Seahawks; 2005 Packers) finish lower than 15th in total offensive yardage and only one team (2005 Packers) finish lower than 12th in points per game in the NFL.

Coyle's been with the Bengals for 11 years. Most recently, he's coaxed some excellent seasons out of Leon Hall and Johnathan Joseph, and it warrants noting his work with Pacman Jones as well. The Bengals were ninth in passing yards allowed in 2011 and fourth in net yards allowed per attempt last season as well.

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Posted on: January 26, 2012 9:50 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2012 11:50 pm

Chip Kelly says he never took Buccaneers job

Kelly says he never left the Ducks' side. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Chip Kelly's brief flirtation with the Buccaneers job was just that: brief. Reports emerged on Sunday night that Kelly would take the Tampa Bay gig. But while most of the world was sleeping, the situation was flopped and Kelly bailed.

Unless he didn't; Kelly went on KUJZ in Oregon and said that he never accepted the Bucs gig and that he never "flip-flopped."

"The only decision I ever made was to not accept the job," Kelly said, via Rob Moseley of the Oregon Register-Guard. "I never changed my mind; I never committed to the job and then flip-flopped.

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"It was nothing more than, I'd like to hear what they had to say."

Well, the Bucs are unlikely to comment on the situation, especially since they "found their man" in Rutgers Greg Schiano. So it's unlikely that Kelly can be proven incorrect. And he did admit that he talked with Tampa Bay, and that he came upon their interest via Oregon's Athletic Director Rob Mullens, who was approached by the Bucs.

"They presented to me what their plan was for Tampa Bay, and it was extremely attractive," Kelly said. "But at the end of the day ... I got into coaching because of the relationships. And the relationships I have with the current coaches on our staff and the players was the underlying reason why I came back."

Kelly also pointed out that the Buccaneers offered him a raise. What he didn't point out is that he absolutely has to say that he never took this job. If he were to say that he took the gig, it'd be an utter disaster for recruiting. His current players would wonder how close he was to leaving, and other coaches would be able to play the possibility about Kelly leaving against him. And they would.

There are ample reports of Kelly taking the job and then bailing that emerged from this whole erstwhile debacle. But neither the Bucs or Kelly have any motivation to confirm them, so it's unlikely that you'll hear any story too different from what Kelly offered on Thursday.

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