The Tampa Bay Buccaneers added yet another piece to their coaching staff, as reported on Monday, and it’s a man with a bit of an interesting past.
Joe Cullen has been named defensive line coach for the Buccaneers, according to Alex Marvez of Fox Sports.
— Alex Marvez (@alexmarvez) January 6, 2014
Cullen entered the NFL as an assistant with the Detroit Lions before heading to the college ranks at Idaho State, and coming back to the NFL with the Jaguars and most recently the Browns.
He has no notable success statistically in the NFL, as most of his defensive lines ranked poorly in sacks. There have been some solid run defenses under his command as a defensive line coach, but his resume is otherwise unimpressive.
But what is interesting about Cullen is his legal track record. While serving as an assistant in Detroit in 2006, Cullen was arrested for driving through a Wendy’s drive-thru nude. It was his second arrest over a short period of time, as he was previously arrested for DWI and sentenced to community service and probation as a result.
Cullen has since turned his embarrassing mistakes into a positive, telling the Akron Beacon Journal that his run-ins with the law have positioned him to be a resource for players dealing with troubles of their own off the field.
He told George Thomas of the Beacon Journal “I think obviously we all learn from mistakes — everybody — and if there is someone I can help because of a certain situation I’ve been through in my life, I’d obviously definitely do that.”
Let’s hope he can also help fix the mistakes left behind by the previous defensive coaching staff, which failed to get the most out of the defensive line of the Buccaneers.