Over a week after dismissing defensive line coach Jay Hayes, the Bucs have found his replacement. Former Arizona Cardinals D-line coach, Brentson Buckner will take charge of the Tampa Bay unit for the 2018.
The Buccaneers confirmed the move on Monday night:
Buccaneers have agreed to terms with Brentson Buckner as their defensive line coach. pic.twitter.com/K7KZdDbTKM
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) February 19, 2018
He had guided the defensive lines in Arizona that included the likes of Pro Bowler’s Calais Campbell, Darnell Docket and Chandler Jones to the most sacks in franchise history in 2013 (47) and they broke the record again with 48 sacks in 2015.
He is a former second round pick defensive tackle for the Steelers in 1994, who played 12 seasons in the NFL with five teams and made five playoff appearances.
Buckner will try to energize a defensive line that woefully under performed with a league low 22 sacks in 2017.
That wasn’t just the fault of Hayes, as GM Jason Licht failed to address pass rushing defensive ends either in free agency or with a single pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
That will likely change quickly in 2018 starting with free agency in a couple of weeks.
The Buccaneers had previously interviewed their assistant defensive line coach for the last three years, Paul Spicer, as well as former Colts defensive coordinator Ted Monachino for the position.
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