A Promotion And A New Face

February 7th, 2013

“Relax everyone. We’ve got another Rutgers man in the house.”

The Bucs made their 2013 coaching staff official today and, while various changes were widely publicized weeks ago, there were a couple of new moves revealed.

Linebackers coach Bob Fraser, a Schiano man from Rutgers, was promoted to assistant defensive coordinator and another Rutgers man, Robb Smith, is the new linebackers coach, his first time in the NFL.

Smith will enter his first NFL season, having spent the previous 14 seasons in the college ranks. He previously served at Rutgers as defensive coordinator/secondary coach (2012), special teams coordinator and linebackers coach (2011), special teams coordinator/cornerbacks coach (2010), and special teams coordinator/outside linebackers coach (2009); at Maine as assistant head coach/outside linebackers coach (2006-08), assistant special teams/linebackers coach (2005), and defensive backs coach (2002-04) at Maine; and at Iowa as a quality control/defensive graduate assistant (1999-2001).

In his only year as the defensive coordinator, Smith helped make Rutgers one of the best defenses in college football, ranking fourth in the nation in points allowed per game (14.2), sixth in rush yards allowed per game (95.2) and 10th in total defense (311.6 YPG). Smith also helped Rutgers LB Khaseem Greene become an All-American.

Under Smith’s guidance, Rutgers routinely had one of the best special teams units in college football. In 2012, the team led all FBS schools with eight blocked punts. They ranked second in 2011 and first in 2010 in blocked punts, with nine each year. While Smith was at Rutgers, the Scarlet Knights led the nation with 31 blocked punts.

A Pittsburgh native, Smith was a three-year letterman at Allegheny College, where he graduated in 1997. During his time with Maine, Smith helped oversee one of the Top FCS defenses in 2006, ranking in the top five in rush defense (first), total defense (second), sacks (third) and scoring defense (fourth).

After Fraser’s success with the linebackers — what an improvement!! — with a big assist from Bryan Cox, Joe’s not surprised by his promotion. As for Smith, clearly he will do exactly as Greg Schiano tells him with the Bucs linebackers. Just the way Schiano likes it.

The Complete 2013 Bucs Coaching Staff

Greg Schiano                       Head Coach
Brian Angelichio                  Tight Ends Coach
Bob Bostad                           Offensive Line Coach
Jay Butler                              Head Strength and Conditioning Coach
Earnest Byner                      Running Backs Coach
Bryan Cox                             Pass Rush Specialist
Bob Fraser                            Assistant Defensive Coordinator
Phil Galiano                          Assistant Special Teams Coach
John Garrett                          Wide Receivers Coach
Bob Gilmartin                        Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach
Jeff Hafley                             Secondary-Safeties Coach
Steve Loney                          Assistant Offensive Line Coach
Tem Lukabu                          Defensive Assistant
Kevin MacConnell               Director of Football Operations
Ben McDaniels                    Offensive Assistant
John McNulty                       Quarterbacks Coach
Randy Melvin                       Defensive Line Coach
Tony Oden                            Secondary-Cornerbacks Coach
Jimmy Raye                          Senior Offensive Assistant
Bill Sheridan                         Defensive Coordinator
Robb Smith                           Linebackers Coach
Mike Sullivan                        Offensive Coordinator
Joe Vaughn                          Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach
Dave Wannstedt                  Special Teams Coordinator

11 Responses to “A Promotion And A New Face”

  1. Justin P's Dwindling Radio "career" Says:

    Looks like a Championship line-up to me. Glad Bryan Cox is back. Now lets get some players like….Raven DE Paul Kruger

  2. Stanglassman Says:

    Is Butch Davis still part of the Bucs coaching staff?

  3. Andrew 1 Says:

    The improvement from the linebackers was outstanding and definitely a pleasant surprise last season. I would even go so far as to say that it was our strongest unit on defense so, you’re right, his promotion was well deserved. the only gripe I have with the linebackers was their tendency to play poor in pass coverage, but I’m sure once they get things ironed out along with another year in the same system that will improve as well. I’m very interested to see how they handle the Sam linebacker position though.

  4. Macabee Says:


    Butch Davis is in the Bucs Front Office. To be a member of a coaching staff would be a violation of his NC separation agreement.

  5. Andrew 1 Says:

    @ Joe

    There is one thing I still don’t understand though. was Schiano primarily calling defensive plays or was it Sheridan? I only ask this because our defensive scheme resembled that of the Rutgers defense while Schiano was there and yet Sheridan position as D coordinator implies that he is the one that is supposed to be calling the plays.

  6. adam ant Says:

    Andrew 1 –

    Bill Sheridan called the plays, but it is Schiano’s defense.

  7. bucsfan1979 Says:

    HELL YA Bigger and better 2013 GO BUCS!!!!!!!!!

  8. 4everBucsFan Says:

    That’s why Schiano didn’t fire Sheridan, because let’s face it, Schiano the architect, and Sheridan was his auctorati. He would have had to fire himself too.

  9. Andrew 1 Says:

    o ok. that makes sense.

  10. Justin P's Dwindling Radio "career" Says:

    Kiper Mock Bucs: Manti Te’o
    McShay Mock Bucs: Damontre Moore


  11. Have A Nice Day Says:

    Anyone else wondering when Earnest Byner will have a bad year with a RB? Clinton Portis, Chris Johnson, Maurice Jones Drew, and now Doug Martin. I wonder how much of Martin’s success is from himself, and how much of it is from the presence of Byner.