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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Hire Dave Wannstedt as Special Teams Coach

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have added an ex-NFL head coach to their staff to replace recently fired special teams coach Bob Ligashesky. Former Dolphins head coach (and that’s going back quite a ways) Dave Wannstedt was hired on Friday to become the Buccaneers new special teams coach.

Wannstedt spent the past two seasons with the Buffalo Bills, most recently serving as the Bills defensive coordinator. He was fired along with Chan Gailey and the rest of his staff on New Years Eve.

The fact that Wannstedt has wound up in Tampa should really be surprising to no one. Both Greg Schiano and Wannstedt spent time together in Chicago, with Wannstedt serving as Schiano’s boss as the head coach of he Bears. But back then Schiano was just the learner while now he is the master.

Schiano and Wannstedt bumped into each other on plenty of occasions while they were both in the Big East back in their college coaching days. But in becoming the Buccaneers special teams coach, Wannstedt is doing so for the first time in his NFL coaching career.

The move to hire Wanndstedt doesn’t hurt at all, although some may take issue with his lack of coaching success in the recent past. But Greg Schiano is doing the same exact thing he did last year when he was assembling a brilliant staff — he’s seeking out guys that know what they’re doing and surrounding himself with them.


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  • Russ Miller

    Talk about overqualified! Sounds like Ligashevsky was just unlucky, not doing a bad job, as they were looking for a place to put Wannstedt. It’s odd that they didn’t make him the defensive line coach instead, as they were rumored to be looking for a change there a few weeks ago and that’s where he started as a coach. Wannstedt’s had a reputation as more of a softie than a disciplinarian, but special teams coaches don’t have to “set a tone” the way head coaches and the more powerful coordinators do. Schiano doesn’t need help with that, in any case. Wannstedt was also Butch Davis’s mentor in Dallas. It’ll be interesting to see what changes after his arrival. All the same, if I was Bill Sheridan, I’d be nervous that someone else besides Davis was now waiting in the wings to take over my more prestigious position at any moment.