Buccaneers complete defensive coaching staff, have three openings left

Feb 23, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano speaks at a press conference during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have completed their defensive coaching staff, having announced the hiring of seven total coaches on defense. The Bucs actually have two more dedicated defensive coaches on staff now than they did in years past, when Raheem Morris served as the defensive coordinator. In addition, the Bucs added a new position with Bryan Cox' hiring as the front seven coach. The team went back to having just one defensive line coach, but did add an assistant defensive backs coach.

Finally, the Buccaneers hired Bob Ligashesky as their special teams coach. Ligashesky was the Oakland Raiders' special teams assistant last season, but served as consecutively the Jaguars', Rams' and Steelers' special teams coach from 2004 to 2009.

According to Football Outsiders' combine notes, Greg Schiano noted he had three coaching positions left to fill. Based on announced and reported hirings, I would anticipate those positions to be two quality control or assistant positions, and a quarterbacks coach.

Hit the jump for some quick details on the announced defensive hirings.


Bill Sheridan, Defensive Coordinator
. Sheridan has a background as a linebackers coach and was the New York Giants' defensive coordinator in 2009. He was most recently the linebackers coach for the Miami Dolphins.

Ron Cooper, Defensive Backs Coach. Cooper comes from LSU, where he coached top ten draft pick Patrick Peterson and likely top ten draft pick Morris Claiborne.

Bryan Cox, Front Seven Coach. Cox is best known for his playing days, when he was named a three time first-team All-Pro. As a coach he has specialized in defensive line and pass rush coaching. This is the first time I've seen a 'front seven coach' on an NFL team.

Bob Fraser, Linebackers Coach. Fraser comes over from Rutgers, where he was the defensive coordinator after serving as the linebackers coach for a number of years.

Jeff Hafley, Assistant Defensive Backs Coach. Hafley was the defensive backs coach at Rutgers and follows Schiano to the NFL.

Tem Lukabu, Defensive Quality Control Coach. Worked at Rutgers as a graduate assistant.

Randy Melvin, defensive line coach. Melvin has had a lot of experience with various different teams as a defensive line coach, most recently with Rutgers and the BC Lions of the CFL. He was the defensive line coach for the Cleveland Browns from 2005 through 2008.

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