The Tampa Bay Buccaneers continue to round out their coaching staff. They added a defensive line coach and offensive line coach to an already impressive staff.
UPDATE: Rodgers will weight a job offer from the New York Giants after the organization offered him a high-ranking role, according to Ian Rapoport.
According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will bring former New York Jets defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers into the mix as the defensive line coach.
Mehta also mentioned that former Jets head coach Todd Bowles has been gathering his assistant coaches for weeks. It seems like Bowles was prepared to be relieved of his duties in New York. He was ready to look for a defensive coordinator job somewhere around the league. He had his guys ready to join him.
Now that Bowles is the defensive coordinator in Tampa, he was able to bring in his best assistant.
Rodgers spent four seasons under Bowles as the Jets defensive coordinator. His defense performed at its best in his first season as defensive coordinator, back in 2015. They were a top ten defense in yards, takeaways, and points.
The defense was at the bottom half of the league in most categories for the remainder of his tenure. However, a young, rebuilding defense was a challenge to work with.
Rick Stroud of The Tampa Bay Times also reported that the Bucs had signed offensive line coach Sean Kugler.
Kugler has connections with new Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians. He spent two years with Arians as his offensive line coach with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Along with his time with the Steelers, Kugler was the offensive line coach with the Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills and Detroit Lions.
Kugler could help improve what was a disaster of an offensive line last season. From the penalties to the struggles at right guard, Tampa Bay had to make a change.
The Athletic’s Greg Auman reported that the Bucs have added three more coaches to the mix. Keith Armstrong will be Tampa’s new special teams coordinator.
ILB coach Mark Caldwell into the mix. He was part of Arians’ staff in Arizona. Tampa also brought in Rick Christophel to be the tight ends coach. He also has Arians ties.
The Bucs staff is coming along quickly. Arians and Bowles have connections all over the league. They are working swiftly to lock up some of the top assistants in the game. Tampa Bay may quickly have one of the most experienced groups of coaches in the league.