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Another Coaching Update: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Fire Special Teams Coach


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers coaching staff was assembled rather quickly in early 2012. This offseason, it seems that Greg Schiano has plenty of changes he’s been waiting to make. Another change was made this evening:

Rick Stroud broke the news this evening, and the Buccaneers have yet another coach to hire. Ligashesky was the coach of the same special teams unit that pressured punters all season long. However, the return game was lacking, and someone in the organization decided it was time for a change.

It’s certainly curious timing for the firing, as a lot of “scouting” for coaches happens during the college all-star games. Hopefully Coach Schiano has someone in mind to replace Ligashesky, because it’s not blatantly obvious why a coach would be let go at a time like this. The return game was poor, but kick coverage was good and punting and kicking were more than adequate. The punt block team was very good, and there was no real cause for concern with any of Ligasheshky’s units. On the same day the Buccaneers hire a former Super Bowl winning secondary coach, they let go of a former Super Bowl champion in Bob Ligashesky.

What do you make of this move, Buccaneers fans? Did you see anything on special teams that would lead you to believe the Buccaneers needed to make a change? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • Russ Miller

    Even with those good punt blocks, Football Outsiders ranked the Bucs’ special teams 26th. It’s hard to figure out their ratings system, though, and how they came to that conclusion. Also, Roy Cummings said that the Bucs are done watching film from last season and have made some evaluations. One of them is that they really like what Freeman did last year. This might be one of the other evaluations. Maybe once you’ve had Rich Bisaccia as a special teams coach, the bar is set at Olympian heights? Either that or there’s a skeleton in a closet somewhere we’ll never find out about. I’m still scratching my head over why they fired Les Steckel and that was twelve years ago.

    • http://twitter.com/UTEPMiners Leo

      Yeah, looks like punting, and the return game hurt us in their rankings. (Football outsiders, that is). Will be interesting to see if someone else can get more out of the punt team and return teams.