Bucs Hire Parcells’ Old Offensive Line CoachJanuary 18th, 2014
Lovie Smith added more experience to his staff with today’s hiring of George Warhop as offensive line coach.
Warhop has been around the NFL since 1996, and was tabbed by Hall of Fame head coach Bill Parcells to coach his O-line in Dallas for two seasons.
Here’s part of the release from the Bucs.
Warhop joins the Buccaneers after five seasons with Cleveland (2009-13) as the offensive line coach. While with the Browns, Warhop coached tackle Joe Thomas to the Pro Bowl and All-Pro team for five consecutive seasons. Warhop also helped center Alex Mack to an all-rookie selection in 2009, followed by Pro Bowl invitations in 2010 and 2013.
Prior to joining Cleveland, Warhop spent four seasons with San Francisco (2005-08), helping running Frank Gore record three-consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, including a franchise-record 1,695 in 2006. Warhop joined the 49ers after two seasons with Dallas (2003-04), where he helped tackle Flozell Adams and guard Larry Allen earn Pro Bowl berths each year.
Warhop got his start in the NFL as an assistant offensive line coach with St. Louis (1996-97) before becoming the offensive line coach in Arizona (1998-2002). Before entering the NFL, Warhop spent 11 seasons as a collegiate coach at Kansas (1984-86), Vanderbilt (1987-89), New Mexico (1990-91), Southern Methodist (1993) and Boston College (1994-95). Warhop also spent two seasons as a coach for the London Monarchs in NFL Europe (1991-92).
Warhop was on the Cardinals staff for years with current Bucs assistant Larry Marmie, who was the Cardinals defensive coordinator and is a longtime colleague of Lovie Smith. Joe suspects that’s a big connection with this hire.
In Cleveland and St. Louis, Warhop survived regime changes/staff overhauls. That speaks very well to his reputation. The man has quite a task at hand to revive the Bucs’ offensive line.