The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have announced the man who will coach the offensive line, and in doing so they have declared Lovie Smith’s staff is essentially complete.
The Bucs have brought in veteran offensive line coach George Warhop to coach their lineman. Warhop was last with the Cleveland Browns in 2013, having served as their O-line coach since 2009.
The list of impressive players Warhop has coached is nearly endless, most recently working with Joe Thomas and Alex Mack in Cleveland. He began his NFL coaching career in 1996 as the Rams’ OL coach, and has served in the same role with Dallas, Arizona and San Francisco since.
And as our friend Sander over at Bucs Nation points out, his recent track record in Cleveland is quite impressive according to Pro Football Focus.
George Warhop was the Browns’ OL coach for the past five seasons. @PFF‘s rankings for his lines: 8th, 16th, 14th, 5th, 5th. Pretty good.
— Sander Philipse (@Bucs_Nation) January 18, 2014
Interestingly enough, Pro Bowler Alex Mack, who he coached with the Browns, is a free agent this offseason. Mack might be a solid addition for the Buccaneers, who could move the versatile Jeremy Zuttah to left or right guard should Carl Nicks or Davin Joseph not return in 2014.
Regardless of who the personnel are, the Buccaneers have added a respectable, veteran offensive line coach who can get the most out of whoever lines up in the trenches. The offensive staff is an interesting mix of experienced coaches and newcomers who all have the task of turning around the worst offense in the NFL.