Bryan Cox Got A PromotionJanuary 12th, 2014
Always a fun sight in the Bucs locker room over the past two seasons was Bryan Cox walking around in a fancy lid and sporting a cigar thicker and larger than Joe had ever encountered. (No oval-office jokes, please) Yes, Cox confirmed to Joe that they were special, authentic Cubans.
Cox would say a quick, postgame farewell to Bucs defensive linemen before media would get the green light to hound the players.
Cox, the former superstar linebacker, was Tampa Bay’s front-7 coach in 2012 and their pass-rush specialist last season.
Bucs defensive linemen always were quick to express their love and respect for Cox as a coach, but Cox was quick to remind media that he wasn’t the boss. Randy Melvin had the title of Bucs defensive line coach.
Well, now Cox is a boss. He’s got his own defensive line — in the NFC South.
Atlanta named Cox, 45, as its defensive line coach yesterday. It’ll be interesting to see what he does with that struggling unit.
Joe always lauded Cox here, primarily because of the respect he commanded from players, and because the Bucs’ front-7 made such a transformation in 2012. Whether Cox was a supporter of all those Bucs line stunts is unknown.