Nov 23, 2012; Boulder, CO, USA; Colorado Buffaloes head coach Jon Embree before the game against the Utah Utes at Folsom Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Hire Jon Embree as Tight Ends Coach

Lovie Smith’s new coaching staff in Tampa Bay has yet another former head coach among the ranks, and this one brings experience at a position where the Buccaneers will look to improve heading into 2014.

According to the team’s official website, Jon Embree has been hired as tight ends coach.

Embree spent time as the head coach of the Colorado Buffaloes before moving to Cleveland last season to coach Jordan Cameron to a breakout season with the Browns.

Before his time at Colorado, Embree also coached tight ends with the Kansas City Chiefs during Tony Gonzalez’s time with the team, meaning he has plenty of experience working with top-notch tight ends, along with his work turning Cameron into a Pro Bowler in Cleveland.

It should come as no surprise that Embree was a tight end himself during his playing days, spending time with the Rams before moving into coaching. Most of his coaching positions have involved the tight end position or the passing game in general, so his experience should help the offensive staff which features a lot of newcomers to the NFL ranks.

So whether Embree gets to work with Tim Wright, or if there is a new tight end in town next season to bolster the passing attack, the Buccaneers can be confident that they have a competent coach on the sidelines to help bring along the position and help turn around the 32nd ranked offense in the NFL in 2013.

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  • Bryant Douglass

    Overall the hires are great, just wish Lovie would have kept the RBs coach. He was the best around.

    • LeoTPP

      People say that, but he’s the same guy who couldn’t get anything out of Blount last year. I don’t think he’s a massive loss, although he did a good job in 2013.

  • victorbarney

    Don’t you just love it? Chick-a-boom! Watch…

  • Jayson Kaplan

    Now all we need is a TE for Mr. Embree to coach. Talk about “position of need,” there were massive holes in the middle of the field which our offense could not exploit because we had no real TE to create matchup problems. No offense to Wright, he did an admirable job forced into a new position, and revealed himself to be a solid threat as a potential slot receiver for 2014, but he’s no TE. We need the real thing, one that can run block, pass protect, and create the mismatches as a receiver.