The Buccaneers continue to fill the holes in their coaching staff with the news today that they’ve hired former NFL great Earnest Byner as their new running back coach.
For those unfamiliar with Byner, he spent hist 14 year NFL career pounding the ball for the Browns, Redskins and Ravens. He was known for being a power back that had break away speed which is a rare combo in football.
This skill is one of the reasons Byner was hired so that he can pass it down to LeGarrette Blount.
Byner finished his career 16th All-Time in rushing yards and within the top 50 rushers in attempts touchdowns and total yards.
Alex Marvez of FoxSports initially reported the interview and The Pewter Report later confirmed the hiring. Byner is yet another ex-NFL player to be hired onto this staff with Bryan Cox being hired earlier this week. Head coach Greg Schiano’s staff is really shaping up with a mixture of established coaches to lead the offense and defense and established players to coach up the schemes and help install the systems with the players.
Byner’s history as a coach in the NFL is much like new offensive coordinators Mike Sullivan, it’s not a headline career but the results of the coaching have been.
Byner spent time on jeff Fischer’s staff in Tennessee where he coached Chris Johnson to two record breaking seasons and after he spent time coaching Maurice Jones-Drew to several Jaguar records as well as helping Jones-Drew come back from a bad knee injury.
He should be able to coach up LeGarrette Blount in the same way, as Blount is the know looking like the guy the Buccaneers want to roll with as their featured back.
For dragging their feet in the coaching search and alienating a lot of fans, the Buccaneers have really turned things around with a slew of borderline brilliant hires. The staff is shaping up well and Byner is just the latest example of the Glazer’s surprising everyone.