The Exodus Has Begun

February 10th, 2021

Bucs assistant leaving.

It’s unreasonable to think a coaching staff of a Super Bowl winner would remain intact for the following season. Teams looking for coaches like to poach those from winning programs.

And so the exodus has begun for the Bucs. Assistant wide receivers coach Antwaan Randle El, who played for Super Bowl-winning Bucs coach Bucco Bruce Arians in Pittsburgh, will be leaving for Detroit to serve as the Lions’ wide receivers coach.

That’s the word from Benjamin Raven of

The 41-year-old will replace Robert Prince, the team’s longest-tenured staffer up until he left to take the job coaching receivers in Houston this offseason. The Lions have a nearly empty slate out wide, with Quintez Cephus standing as the lone receiver under contract for next season. Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones, Danny Amendola and Jamal Agnew, among others, remain without deals.

Randle El came to the Bucs when Arians took over as coach after the 2018 season.

The coolest thing Joe liked about Randel El is, despite being a second-round pick of the Steelers back in 2002, Randel El became an answer to one of the best barroom trivia questions known to drunks nationwide.

Who is the only athlete who threw a touchdown pass in a Super Bowl and play basketball for Bobby Knight?

39 Responses to “The Exodus Has Begun”

  1. DavidBigBucFan99 Says:

    He’s on his way up. Good fit him and his luck

  2. 2021 Year of the GOAT Says:

    good for him… congrats

  3. Aristotle Says:

    Congrats and wish him the best!

  4. FortMyersDave Says:

    I forgot that he was a Hoosier. Anyhow, best of luck to him in Mo-town as the WR coach.

  5. richbucsfan Says:

    Sounds like a lateral move to me. Leaving a Super Bowl-winning team that will likely repeat. Must not have been happy here with the best corps of receivers ever. Oh well, best of luck with Lions (you’ll need it).

  6. Joe in Michigan Says:

    I hope he got a nice bump in pay to leave sunny Florida for the dump that is known as Detroit (and state income tax).

  7. Bird Says:

    Ndog has lady parts

  8. RioDeJaneiroBucsFan Says:

    Good luck for him, next man up!

  9. mg Says:

    A good move for him, he will move up the ranks quicker in Detroit.

  10. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Not a big loss since we still have Brady as an Assistant WR coach….

  11. Slumming it in motown Says:

    He got his ring and no one can take that fro him. I wouldn’t do it. To leave the beautiful state of Florida and the posh digs of one Buc and last but certainly not least the fact that we are a Super Bowl team to go to the frozen arm pit of the country called smelly Detroit where even the cops dread to go is a move I would t make.

  12. All lives matter Says:

    Coaches moving on make sense but for players to move on doesn’t make any sense, especially when they have a serious chance to repeat next season.

  13. Elita Vita Says:

    One of Bruce Arians goals was to surround himself with assistants he knows and trust. Another goal was to help these same people’s careers. I’m sure Bruce is pleased and proud of this.-

  14. Mitch Says:

    Congrats coach! A nice step up for him. He was linked to the Lions as soon as Dan Campbell was hired. From what I read he beat out another Steelers legend Hines Ward for the position. Wish him well!

  15. #1bucsfan Says:

    Just curious why he would want to take the same job somewhere else. I understand if he was getting a better coaching gig but he’s taking the same position for a worse team.

  16. HeyItsAdam Says:

    For all the people saying it’s the SAME JOB….


    He’s going from Assistant WR Coach with Tampa Bay to WR COACH with Detroit. He’s not an assistant to the position coach anymore.

  17. SC Bucs Fan Says:

    #1 he goes from assistant to the lead WR coach. Kevin Garner is the Bucs WR coach.

  18. ocala Says:

    I am sure the Bucs are going to loose a few players like every team in the NFL does every year and perhaps a coach or two but to say an exodus has begun?

    exodus definition is: a mass departure of people….I am pretty confident that is not going to happen

  19. Leighroy Says:

    Mass departure of coaches? Admittedly not likely. But exodus of coaches AND players (mostly bc of the latter) is a very very real threat. More than ME13 need to take a pay cut to resign everyone folks. Shaq is worth 75% of our cap space alone on the market!

  20. DoooshLaRue Says:


    Maybe his departure was because of that and he felt unnecessary?

    Maybe BL feels the same way too.

  21. Mitch Says:

    Coach El is getting a promotion to wide receivers coach. Here in Tampa he was an offensive assistant. He was assisting Wide Recievers Coach Kevin Garner. Garner taught the route concepts and scheme while Randle El helped from the player side and some film study.

    It’s a step up and is exactly what BA wants for his coaches.

  22. 6throundpick Says:

    I was calling a number of runs, before the season started, and reiterating during the losing streak…before the town team took off. Players and coaches will come and go. Consider that this team will improve. Lots of great players want to be part of it. Nothing but good vibes, and I’m being quite practical.

  23. JimmyJack Says:

    Atta Boy. Congrats on the promotion. The Lions aint won a playoff game since the mid 90s so good luck ya gonna need it with that team.



  25. JimmyJack Says:

    Of course next year willbe the tough one. Teams will be after our coordinators…….And I think Bowles and Byron know better then to jump at any job. At the end of the day whichever one stays here to replace Bruce one day is in the best position.

    I think Bowles will get the better offer. I could see him wind up in San Fran, maybe Dallas or Green Bay…..itll be somewhere good. Or maybe Byron get the nod somewhere good like Baltimore.

    But these guys are going to Mickey Mouse franshices like Cincinnati or Jacksonville. I think they know better.

  26. Ben green Says:

    Every single coach and trainer could quit tomorrow and it wouldn’t make one bit of difference. So long as you have the goat you’ll keep winning. My team sucks now and my coach is just a coach

  27. m0j0 Says:

    Good coach, he will do well in Detroit!

  28. gotbbucs Says:

    This was always the plan for Arians coaching staff. It was what Arians hoped and intended it to be. For better or worse throughout the last two years, this was always going to be a day care for assistant coaches.

  29. 813bucboi Says:


    I agree…I’d take Dallas out tho…lol…


  30. Sageofseffner Says:

    Next man up!

  31. SlyPirate Says:

    ARE was fun to watch as a college QB.

    I thought he was the next Kordell Stewart. WR with sneaky QB plays.

    Anyway, a former WR and QB. He’ll be a great coach.

  32. David Says:

    I wish him luck.
    I am hoping they can retain the key players and coaches to make another run.
    I do not want to start thinking about how the Buccaneers immediately fell apart and went their separate ways within a couple years of winning it all in 2002

  33. orlbucfan Says:

    Bucs aren’t going to fall apart. We have got some real dimwits on here. I wish Coach El the best of luck. Detroit and their fans deserve it. We Bucs nuts carry on about our losing records. Detroit has NEVER been in a SB.

  34. IrishMist Says:

    Baby I got good news and bad news…

  35. Hissylizzard Says:

    Those analysts saying Bowles deserves a look as head coach have clearly forgot how terrible he was with the Jets….some coordinators just dont make good coaches and there is nothing wrong with that…Let the NFL teams decide who they want to hire and where…after all,if they listened to those clowns,Brady wouldnt be the qb for the Bucs

  36. Obviously Behind Says:

    Gulp…I thought Randle El was still playing🤭. What do I know, I’m a Dolphins fan!

  37. A. C. Stackpole Says:

    Okay… Changes Always Happen. Mistakes Happen Too But Movement Of Players, Coaches, Etc. Will Not Affect BRADY. He Proved That Over 20 Years Of Winning With Sub-Par Players At Times. When He Had Great Pieces Around Him He Was Deadly… Like The Last 8 Weeks.!!!

  38. TB12one Says:

    Has anyone heard from Npuppy?

  39. Hassan Elshabazz Says: