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Have Bucs identified top target for new defensive line coach?

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The Bucs are still in search of a new defensive line coach and they may be talking to the prime target, now.

After firing Jay Hayes, the D-line coach of the last two seasons, the Buccaneers appear to have turned to former Arizona Cardinals defensive line coach  Brentson Buckner. Buckner, who is apparently not being retained by new head coach Steve Wilks in Arizona, is an interesting name. He would appear to be the top target, because of his success with the Cards defensive lines and also, previous relationship with Bucs GM Jason Licht. 

The news was first reported Friday morning by Pewter

Buckner’s defensive lines for coach Bruce Arians broke the Cardinals franchise record for sacks in 2013 with 47. That year, Licht was the assistant GM for the Cardinals.

And then, Arizona bettered the sack record in 2015 with 48 sacks. After being drafted by the Steelers, Buckner had a 12 year career in the NFL as defensive tackle with five teams, including appearing in the playoffs five times.

Thursday Bucs beat reporter for the Tampa Bay Times, Rick Stroud, tweeted another name to  interview for the opening:

Also, assistant defensive line coach Paul Spicer ,who has been with the Buccaneers for the past three years, reportedly was also interviewed this week. Spicer, like Buckner, had a 12 year pro career, mostly with the Jaguars (2000-08) and would promote familiarity with the players.

However, back to Buckner, he obviously has more credentials with previous success, having actually been a defensive line coach in charge of the unit, and looks like he’d be the leader to land the job for defensive coordinator Mike Smith’s defense.

And the Buccaneers are desperately in need of a spark and to be coached up on that defensive line this season. This after being dead last in the NFL with only 22 sacks.

There’s nowhere to go, but up.

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