Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may be about to lose their first assistant coach of the season, as Western Michigan is reportedly hiring P.J. Fleck as its new head coach.
According to MLive.com, Tampa Bay Buccaneers receivers coach P.J. Fleck is to become Western Michigan University's next head football coach. Fleck is a first-year coach with the Buccaneers, and spent the previous two years with Greg Schiano at Rutgers.
Fleck has done an admirable job with the Bucs' receiving corps this season, coaching veteran receiver Vincent Jackson to the best season of his career. Jackson leads the league in yards per reception. Mike Williams has been productive as well, after a sophomore slump in 2011. Fleck has failed to develop adequate depth, however, as Tiquan Underwood has been the team's slot receiver throughout the season. Underwood has been inconsistent and appears to run the wrong route with some regularity.
Fleck is one of the most energetic coaches on the staff, and the one guy who stood out to every training camp observer this summer. It's not clear when Fleck will leave for his new job, although given the fact that the Bucs are all but eliminated from the playoffs, leaving now won't do too much harm. The Bucs now have at least one vacancy to fill, and they may have to fill a few more if they decide to make some changes which may be likely on defense.
Head on over to SB Nation's college blog to get the latest information on Fleck's leaving for Western Michigan.