The Tampa Bay Buccaneers entered the off-season with a strange coaching situation, the majority of the teams assistants have no contract and due to the lockout are in a state of limbo with the Bucs. As a result, teams are free to pick through the Bucs coaching staff and try to find talented coaches. Such was the case yesterday when the Chargers pruned Rich Bissacia from the Bucs staff.
Bisaccia was a talented special teams coach, the Bucs actually had a very good special teams unit this season. His loss will hurt the Bucs and it was advantageous to the Chargers that he was no longer under contract, but it’s a bi-product of looming uncertainty about a potential lockout. The Bucs opted to promote Dwayne Stukes to Special Teams coordinator. Stukes has been an assistant with the Bucs for the past five years and he played briefly in the NFL for the Falcons and Steelers after coming out of UVA.
The Bucs also have decided to part ways with Todd Wash, a move that quite frankly need to be made. The amount of talented that has been brought in to fill that line versus the production that the Bucs have gotten out of it didn’t match up. The Bucs are reported to have offered the position of D-Line coach to Karl Dunbar, the current D-line coach for the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings have featured some of the league’s best defensive lines over the past several years so Dunbar’s tutelage could probably benefit guys like Gerald McCoy, Brian Price and whatever young defensive end comes in this year’s draft.