I am beginning a new series in preparation for the 2010 season as I take some time to look at the Buccaneers coaching staff (everyone knows who head coach Raheem Morris is by now). Today, I take a quick look at the Bucs’ wide receiver coach, Eric Yarber.
Yarber is coaching his first season with the Bucs this year after spending the last 3 years with Arizona State University. ASU had a good passing attack over the past few years, causing major headaches for the Pac-10. Before his tenure at ASU, Yarber spent 2 seasons with the University of Washington. He has only college experience, so the learning curve for the NFL may be a bit tough for him this year, but he has coached good receivers throughout his years and should bring a strong mind to the Bucs’ receiving core. He should be able to learn quickly.
But the Bucs have many question marks at receiver though, making Yarber’s job tough. Kellen Winslow can’t do everything himself, hopes cannot be set on the rookie receivers, and Michael Clayton can’t catch. Yarber is coming into a situation that may be one of the worst in the NFL, so he will be earning his paycheck. But he is a smart coach and there is some talent among the receivers, so he should be able to coach the receivers and be able to put the best options on the field to aid Josh Freeman in the new West Coast style offense the Bucs are bringing in this year. Under this system, Yarber’s receivers will be able to catch in space and create after the catch. Let us all hope Yarber is able to figure out the Bucs’ receiving core and lead them to success.