Report: Butch Davis Will Lead Bucs’ DefenseFebruary 9th, 2012
He surely didn’t come cheap. He’s got Super Bowl rings. And Joe suspects he’s not about to take any crap from his players.
Butch Davis has joined the Buccaneers as a “senior defensive assistant” coach, so reports Alex Marvez of FOXSports.com. No, Joe has no clue what that title really means, or if the title is accurate. But Marvez is credible and Davis is sure to be wearing pewter and red.
A source told FOXSports.com that Davis was hired Thursday as a senior defensive assistant. Davis will work closely with new Bucs head coach Greg Schiano and whomever the team ultimately names its defensive coordinator.
After winning a national championship at the University of Miami, Davis was hired by the Cleveland Browns as their head coach in 2001. Davis was unable to duplicate his college success, resigning under pressure just before the end of the 2004 season. Davis had a 24-35 overall record with the Browns, but he did lead Cleveland to what remains its lone playoff appearance since returning to the NFL in 1999 as an expansion team.
It will be interesting to see if the Bucs really bring in a defensive coordinator, or whether Davis and Schiano effectively share the role. As the Cowboys’ defensive line coach during their glory years, Joe is very intrigued to see who comes in as the next D-line coach — or perhaps there will be two working under Davis’ watch.
Marvez also reports that NFL coaching veteran Jimmy Raye, Jr. will be a senior offensive assistant, though Marvez did not report that Raye will work closely with Schiano.
It will be interesting to see how many coaches the Bucs end up with. Perhaps Schiano is trying to build a staff that ensures he has a close eye — and a firm grip — on the new “Buccaneer Way” he plans to instill.
Joe has no problem with Davis, and Joe surely wouldn’t mind if Davis’ University of Miami ties help Jonathan Vilma find his way to the middle of the Bucs’ defense.