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Bucs Are Almost Fully Stocked With Coaches

February 24, 2012 at 10:51am by Scott   •  5 Comments »

Between Cooper and Cox, the defensive back seven are going have some real attitude next season.
The Bucs have hired some more assistant coaches, so it sounds like they should have an entire staff together before players start reporting, which is always nice. The latest hires are a defensive backs coach and a special teams coordinator.

The chances of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers taking LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne fifth overall in this year’s draft may have increased with the Bucs hiring of former LSU defensive backs coach Ron Cooper.

Cooper has left LSU to take the defensive backs job with the Buccaneers, LSU officials announced.

Roy Cummings kind of stole my thunder with that lead paragraph, but yes, it does make the drafting of Claiborne significantly more likely. And he was already the one the Bucs would most likely draft, so now the chances of the team taking him are at a little over 100%.

Here’s what you need to know about Cooper: He has produced the best cornerback in college football twice in the last two years. LSU consistently has a great secondary. This is an excellent pickup for the Bucs.

The Bucs also hired Bob Ligashesky as the special teams coordinator. Ligashesky was with the Steelers from 2007 until he was fired after the 2009 season when their kick and punt coverage units were among the worst in the league. From there he went to Denver to be the Broncos’ tight ends coach for a year and then went to Oakland as a special teams assistant. So of course he should coordinate the Bucs’ special teams. Why not? With a resume like that, I don’t know why he isn’t a head coach or even the king of a small island country.

Needless to say, I’m not real excited about this hire, but it’s almost fucking March so they had to hire someone. I’d like to see the lengths of contracts that these assistant coaches are signing. Hopefully the Bucs aren’t giving any of them more than a two-year deal since almost all of them are Greg Schiano‘s fourth and fifth choices. If the buyouts are low enough, we may see a pretty big rotation come the end of 2012.

5 Comments to “Bucs Are Almost Fully Stocked With Coaches”


campyone (February 24, 2012 at 11:38am:

I agree about the likely turnover in assistants. After the way we got shafted by other teams not letting us promote some of their assistants, and the way other teams have suffered in the same way, I think there’s a reasonable chance the rule gets changed to allow assistants to accept promotions they deserve. Then maybe we can get the guys Schiano wanted, not the ones we got because nobody else wanted them (not true in all instances but in many).

Matt Price

Matt Price (February 24, 2012 at 12:34pm:

Game by game contracts.


tfisher (February 24, 2012 at 01:09pm:

I think I like the assistant hires better than the coordinator hires…

Mark S

Mark S (February 25, 2012 at 07:58am:

I think I like the offense hires better than the defense hires.


fsubuc (February 27, 2012 at 09:04pm:

I think I like the hires better than the no hires

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