The job openings on the Buccaneers 2012 staff are getting few and far in between. The Bucs have hired former LSU defensive backs coach Ron Cooper to the same position in Tampa.
Of course the thing all Bucs fans will take from this first is that is may serve as an omen to who the Bucs will draft come April. Tigers cornerback Morris Claiborne is high on Tampa’s list and that’s no secret.
Now have confirmation from #LSU spokesman Michael Bonnette that Tigers DB coach Ron Cooper is leaving for a job with the Tampa Bay Bucs.
— Randy Rosetta (@RandyRosetta) February 23, 2012
So is it a coincidence that the Galzer’s have now hired the guy who coached Claiborne up on what was arguably one of the best defenses in all of college football last year?
If nothing else it’s yet another great hire for the Bucs who may have drug their feet in the head coaching search, but have rebounded brilliantly in hiring supporting characters. Greg Schiano’s latest edition to his staff keeps in tone the balance of college and professional coaches filling up his staff.
In a week the Bucs have gone nuts on assistant and coordinator hires with former NFL greats like Bryan Cox and Earnest Byner joining established NFL coaches like Mike Sullivan and college coaches like the ones Schiano brought over with him from Rutgers.
Cooper took over as the Tigers defensive backs coach in 2009 which means — if the Bucs go with Claiborne — Cooper will continue to be the coach of one of the most touted cornerbacks in this year’s draft.
A lot of the anxiety surrounding the upheaval and removal of the previous staff was that it would stunt continuity and therefore stunt growth among the young players in Tampa.
Having Cooper continue to coach Claiborne is the very definition of continuity and the success the LSU Tigers had in their secondary last year is going to be gladly welcomed in Tampa.