Nov 24, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Johnthan Banks (27) celebrates after intercepting a pass during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Hire Gill Byrd as Cornerbacks Coach

On Thursday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced a large chunk of the coaching staff that will serve under Lovie Smith. But one the few positions left in need of a coach was the cornerback position, and Friday was as long as we’d need to wait to find out who would coach in that role.

Gill Byrd is a long-time assistant to Lovie Smith, and is also father of current NFL player Jairus Byrd. He’s also a former player in his own right, and was a two-time Pro Bowler with the San Diego Chargers.

Byrd began his coaching career as an assistant on Lovie Smith’s defensive staff in 2003 in St. Louis, and Byrd followed Smith to Chicago the next year and worked his way up to defensive backs coach by the end of his time with the Bears.

During his time with Smith, Byrd has coached plenty of elite talents at corner. The most impressive player he’s coached is corner Aeneas Williams, who met Byrd when the two played in the NFL together, and led to a very special bond between Williams and the Byrd family (you can read more about that here).

So not only is Byrd a capable coach, but he’s a man that is respected and looked up to by his peers. His words alone shaped the career of Aeneas Williams, so imagine what his coaching may do for a young corner like Johnthan Banks.

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  • Jayson Kaplan

    Between having a solid position coach and playing another season opposite the best CB in the game, this sounds like a promising situation for Banks’ development.

  • victorbarney

    Tampa Bay fans, it looks like it’s finally going to be REAL this time! We’ll soon find out…Watch!

  • Joe Marley

    Can somebody please tell me where Leonard Johnson ranked this year in terms of CB’s? I am sure he was near the bottom of the NFL. Schiano played favorites. And it cost him his job. Blount is being called the key to success for the Pats to win. Aqib Talib is the best player on NE’s D. Because Schiano wanted “yes men” as his Buccaneer men. One reason Schiano’s Defense failed was because he had favorites. Like Teo-Neshiem and LJ. Look I like these guys but they are just backups. They shouldnt be on the field. Blount just scored a TD. Damn. We had Blount! Now we have Brian Leonard. Awesome.