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Bucs hire former NFL official as consultant

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New Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians continues to put his stamp and innovations on his new team. And, that now includes the hiring of a former NFL official to join the staff and assist with instant replays on game day for the Bucs.

The team announce the news mid-afternoon Wednesday that they have hired Larry Rose in the official title of “officiating consultant:”

Rose is a former NFL official from 1997 – 2013 working primarily as a side judge for those years. As the Bucs described, Rose will not only help Arians, and other Bucs coaches, but also the team with rules interpretations, in game strategy and will apparently be giving input directly to Arians from the coaching booth about replay challenges and  officiating situations.

Obviously, there is a new wrinkle added this year for the challenge / review system, as the NFL owners passed the competition committee’s recommendation last month to now include pass interference, as something subject to replay starting this season. Offensive/defensive pass interference is an extremely judgemental call and being able to understand what the officials are looking for live and also what would likely be called or not called on a review will be an advantage.

Rose has spent the last five seasons helping train officials from the Southeastern Conference. During his tenure in the NFL, Rose worked 14 playoff games, two Conference Championship games and was the side judge in Super Bowl 42 for the Giants historic upset of the previously-unbeaten New England Patriots.

Rose is originally from Fort Myers Florida and graduated from UCF, and came up as a high school official in Florida and later worked in the SEC, as a game official.

It is not known, if he had any previous ties to Arians or Bucs GM Jason Licht that helped him to land this new role with the club.

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