Richard Mann Is “A Big Loss”

January 20th, 2010

The snappy crew of Bucs beat writers are all making it official today: wide receivers coach and Antonio Bryant confidant Richard Mann is gone.

Joe wrote earlier about how Keenan McCardell and Ike Hilliard are possible replacements.

Count Earnest Graham among those unhappy to learn Mann would get a pink slip.

During a Tuesday interview with J.P. Peterson on 1010 AM, Graham said Mann leaving “would be a big loss, if we did lose him.”

Graham said Mann is a soft-spoken guy with a powerful locker room presence. The Bucs running back made it clear that when Mann did address the team or a group of Bucs, every player was listening.

Per St. Pete Times beat writer Rick “The Mad Twitterer” Stroud, Mann’s assistant receivers coach, Tim Berbenich, has emerged as a leading candidate to get promoted and become the Bucs’ primary receivers coach.

Joe will have much more on Berbenich tomorrow.

4 Responses to “Richard Mann Is “A Big Loss””

  1. JDouble Says:

    Mann didn’t produce one single stand out reciever in his eight years. Wide Reciever has consistantly been our weakest postion. The only guys to have any success were older vets that already know what they are doing. Sorry Earnest, but he wasn’t getting the job done.

    I sure hope we go with McCardell or Hillard. I don’t know much about Berbenich, but I’m tired of promoting guys from within the organization when they haven’t earned it. What has this dude done to make anyone think he’d be a good WR coach? Did he ever play WR in the NFL?

  2. Buddhaboy Says:

    “Did he ever play WR in the NFL?” 🙂 Not with a name like Berbenich

    Go get someone good bucs, come on man. Someone that can teach and relate. I have a feeling we will have all new receivers within two years, except for Sammie and Winslow. Bring it.

  3. JDouble Says:

    Yeah, and I realize that alot of position coaches never played football in the NFL, but this team is so young. I really think they would do better with a 40 year old ex NFL reciever than some old guy that just thinks he knows everything about the position.

  4. Thomas Gemkow Says:

    Yeah, Richard Mann was horrible. Granted he did not have a ton of talent to work with, but McCardell (one of my all time favorite Bucs) or Hilliard would be a great fit, and a good move for the fans to ignite some excitement.