Bucs Land Experienced Tight Ends CoachJanuary 16th, 2014
There’s a lot of swagger and experience in Lovie Smith’s staff. Joe wrote about that earlier.
And today, the Bucs named their tight ends coach, Jon Embree, a former NFL player who got his start coaching in the league with the Chiefs in 2006.
Here’s what the Bucs released about Embree, a 22-year coaching veteran:
He comes to the Buccaneers after one season as the tight ends coach for Cleveland (2013), during which Browns tight end Jordan Cameron earned a Pro Bowl berth and ranked second in the NFL in receiving yards by a tight end (917).
Prior to joining the Browns, Embree was the head coach at the University of Colorado for two seasons (2011-12). Embree has spent a total of 17 years at Colorado as a player (1983-86) and coach (1991; 1993-2002). Following his playing career with Colorado, Embree was selected in the sixth-round of the 1987 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams. He played two seasons (1987-88) for the team before retiring.
After getting his start in coaching with the Buffaloes, Embree spent three seasons as an assistant head coach at UCLA, working with wide receivers (2003) and tight ends (2004-05). Embree got his start in the NFL as a tight ends coach for the Kansas City Chiefs, a position he held for three seasons (2006-08), before joining the Washington Redskins for one season (2010).
Of course, with all that time in the Pac-10/Pac-12, it’s quite likely that offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford, the former “Cal” head coach, led this hire.
It also speaks well of Embree that he was tight ends coach for Rob Chudzinski in Cleveland last season. Chudzinski was a tight end during his playing days.