Still Waiting On Important Coaching Hires

February 22nd, 2012

Yeah, the Bucs have major coaching pieces in place and plenty fans have breathed a sigh of relief that the entire Rutgers staff didn’t follow Greg Schiano to Tampa.

But critical holes remain.

Special teams coach, obviously, and quarterbacks coach are huge pieces for the Bucs. Nothing but crickets so far on those fronts, and Joe has to wonder about the quality of candidates still available. Are there really A-list coaches in those areas on the market?

Specifically at quarterback, Joe wonders whether rockstar general manager Mark Dominik and Schiano will learn toward signing a true veteran free agent quarterback to push/mentor/backup Josh Freeman, if they can’t get the caliber of QB coach they desire.

Last season, Dominik was quick to talk about how Alex Van Pelt had a long career and his years of playing experience was an asset for Freeman and, in effect, filled the role of having a veteran player for Freeman to talk to. One has to think Dominik still values that veteran sounding board for Freeman.

Joe knows Steve DeBerg recently resurrected Rex Grossman’s career working with him as a private coach in Tampa. Perhaps DeBerg would be interested? Or perhaps the Bucs go the Donovan McNabb route as Bucs beat writer Roy Cummings suggested?

Regardless, Joe expects/hopes Freeman will have a player or coach by his side that’s taken quite a few snaps in the NFL.

Update: OK, Joe is aware of Randy Melvin as the Bucs’ D-line coach. As former defensive coordinator for B.C. in the CFL, the local paper there initially reported he left for the Dolphins but they’ve since corrected their report.

31 Responses to “Still Waiting On Important Coaching Hires”

  1. TheProsUseAdvoCare Says:

    Sounds like a plan.

  2. Buddhaboy Says:

    David Garrard….

    Plus, i thought i heard SHeridan say that So and So would get the best out of the D-Lineman….as if they already had a D-Line coach?

  3. bucfanjeff Says:

    Sorry, don’t like the McNabb idea – at all. His talents are obviously gone and in no way would he ‘push’ Freeman. If you want competition, you need a backup that will actually challenge him.
    QB coach, yes, that is important.
    Any chance Millard comes back? Slim I know, but he was only here a year. Very little attachment to the old regime.

  4. bucfanjeff Says:

    @buddhaboy, now that you mention it, yes, I remember Sherridan making reference to a DL coach. Hmmmm

  5. eric Says:

    Not sure about a guy to push Freeman, but we need a guy that can step in and win a game or two if Free gets hurt.

    JJ aint it.

    The skins are gonna make a move for a Griffin in the draft, so we might have a chance at the real Rex Grossman.

  6. Hunter Says:

    We’ve had a D-line coach: Randy Melvin

  7. RustyRhino Says:

    Can we Bypass the McNabb route,…
    I am good with DeBerg as QB coach. He has seen years and years of QB experience with several different offences. Had a successful career IMO He Played a long time in the NFL. As a Starter and a back up. Not sure about his coaching, exp. I would take a chance with him under Coach Sullivan.

  8. jvato24 Says:

    Randy Melvin is the D-Line coach … Sheridan even mentioned him as getting the most out of the Bucs D-Line this year yesterday.

  9. Buddhaboy Says:

    Yeah Melvin…..Any scoop on that dude. ?

  10. jfgobucs Says:

    How about Brad Johnson…QB Coach

  11. schmuckaneer Says:


  12. Matt Says:

    How about Chris Weinke?

  13. schmuckaneer Says:

    Warren Moon for QB coach! 😉

  14. Pete Dutcher Says:

    I think Joe meant Donovan McNabb as QB Coach, not for competition?

    And actually, Josh Freeman reminds me of Donovan McNabb in his early years. At least he did in his 10-6 year. Moss and Carter made Donovan McNabb look better than he was though. I’m not in favor of him as a QB Coach either.

    You know, there are QB Coaches out there. There are AFL, CFL and College guys. If we were to go a former player…hmmmm…I would not want Brad Johnson. I think it should be someone that had success with similar traits Freeman has.

  15. eric Says:

    Kenny Stabler!

    If your gonna go out drinking might as well be with a professional!

  16. Dave Says:

    To go back to the draft for a minute:
    IF a BIG IF, they could trade down – how about Kuechly at MLB in late round 1 and a CB at the top of round 2?

  17. chargedcbh Says:

    Steve Deberg would be a great pick for QB coach! He had one of, if not the best play action fakes of all time.

  18. jvato24 Says:

    Hey Melvin has a bling ring too

  19. raphael Says:

    @ eric lmao at the Stabler comment

  20. admin Says:

    Joe here,

    @Pete Dutcher – No, Joe didn’t consider McNabb as a coach.

  21. bubashep Says:

    I’m in for Deberg, I’m sure the local drinking establishments are in favor also!

  22. Big Marlon B Says:

    @ Pete Dutcher

    “Moss and Carter made McNabb look better than he was…”

    Ummmm…..u might wanna think for a minute and try that one again.

  23. schmuckaneer Says:

    @ Pete Dutcher

    “Moss and Carter made McNabb look better than he was…”

    Ummmm…..u might wanna think for a minute and try that one again.

    HAHAHAHAHAHA….maybe he meant McMoon or McCunningham. lol

  24. eric Says:


  25. Rrsrq Says:

    Bring Stukes back for ST and give him some weapons, punt team and kickoff coverage wasn’t bad. Plus he learned from Biassaci.

  26. Big Marlon B Says:

    lol yea McCulpepper was what i was thinking. they’re both black QBs, so they MUST be the same guy right???

  27. HolyBuc Says:

    Football Scoop had this a.m. that Steve Loney will be asst. OL coach. He was the Rams OL coach past few years. To me that is a solid hire with good NFL experience to go along with Bostad.

  28. DieHard_Bob Says:

    Hey Joe – what about Jeff Carlson? He has been watching and writhing about Freeman since the beginning and he said recently that he already identified the problems with Freeman’s mechanics.

  29. Big Marlon B Says:

    Carlson already stated he has no interest in coaching. it requires too much time, and he said he while he loves football, he enjoys spending time with his family.

  30. RustyRhino Says:

    Randy Melvin sounds like a good hire for the DL, Has a Grey Cup Ring and a Super Bowl Ring (01 Pats) Has coached at the college, Pro CFL, NFL levels is a great teacher. sounds like a very sound DL coach, were just hearing about. nice

  31. tonytwocents Says:

    Carlson is nothing more than a Monday morning QB. He just reminds me of all those talking heads on BSpn quick to criticize, “analize” (ahem, Skip Bayless, Cowherd) but thats about all these guys can do. Write about it in colums, talk about it on BSpn, but these guys would have no idea of how to draw it up, plan it out, and coach it till the chalk runs out.