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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Hire John Garrett as Wide Receivers Coach

The name sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

John Garrett, brother of Cowboy’s head coach Jason Garrett, as agreed join Greg Schiano’s coaching staff, replacing the departing P.J. Fleck. Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times broke the story that the Buccaneers will be bringing in Garrett to coach Vincent Jackson, Mike Williams, and company. Garrett was the passing game coordinator with the Cowboys, and coached their tight ends as well. While the Cowboys have their struggles, the passing game has always produced big plays and consistent production. Miles Austin, Dez Bryant, and Jason Witten all flourished in Garrett’s time in Dallas, and the potential connection to Martellus Bennet is interesting considering the Buccaneers need for a tight end.

John Garrett is an ivy league graduate who did not have the same playing career his brother did. He moved into coaching much more quickly, and he’s been a part of a plethora of offensive coaching staffs. He will bring plenty of experience to the Tampa Bay sidelines. Can he find a way to get even more out of Vincent Jackson? Can he ensure Mike Williams doesn’t have another down year? Will he be able to bring the best out of a third receiver? I think Garrett is well prepared to be a answer these questions, and should help continue the growth in the passing game. The chemistry between Garrett, and new QB coach John McNulty will be interesting as well, with the importance of this season for the future of Josh Freeman. Freeman will need consistent performance from his receivers to make the statement he needs to make to prove he’s worthy of a long term contract, and he’ll need to be on the same page with the coaching staff so we don’t see the outbursts and frustrated moments directed at his targeted receivers again this season.

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