Head coach Greg Schiano’s staff is being built back up in preparation for the offseason, and the Buccaneers have added Tony Oden as defensive backs coach. Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reported today that the former Saints and Jaguars staff member will replace Ron Cooper, who moved along to join Willie Taggart at the University of South Florida. Oden was let go as a part of the coaching staff overhaul in Jacksonville, and was without a team.
Oden is only 39 years old, but has been coaching since 1996, when he began as an assistant at a small college in Pennsylvania. He worked his way up to Division I football in the 2000′s, and broke into the NFL with the Texans in 2004. He moved to the Saints in 2005 and eventually became a defensive backs coach in 2011. He would be snatched up by the Jaguars and will now cross Florida on I-4 and bring his coaching skills to One Buc Place.
Oden does not have the resume to prove that he’s a surefire success. But he’s obviously a young coach with the potential to continue to grow into his coaching identity. With a defensive backfield that will feature many young players, Oden’s college coaching experience will likely be helpful, and his military academy coaching experience will contribute to the “Do Your Job” mentality of Coach Schiano’s staff. He also has a Super Bowl ring, which is something that many members of this Buccaneers team and coaching staff lack. Welcome to Tampa, Coach Oden. We need you to help bring the defensive backfield to the next level to get the Buccaneers’ defense back to where it belongs.
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