Buccaneers 2013 Coaching Staff: Robb Smith hired as linebackers coach, staff complete

Kevin Hoffman-US PRESSWIRE

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have announced their full coaching staff, and Robb Smith is the surprise addition as linebackers coach.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have completed their 2013 coaching staff, and they've made a total of five changes. We've written about four of those in the past, as they were known at the time. Tony Oden has replaced Ron Cooper as defensive backs coach. John Garrett has replaced P.J. Fleck as receivers coach, the latter left to become the head coach at Western Michigan. John McNulty was hired as quarterbacks coach, replacing Ron Turner who is now the head coach at Florida International University.

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There's one hire we didn't know about yet: Robb Smith has been named linebackers coach, replacing Bob Fraser, who was elevated to assistant defensive coordinator. Fraser was Schiano's defensive coordinator at Rutgers for three seasons and could be groomed to take over for Bill Sheridan at some point in the future. At a minimum, he should help Sheridan implement Schiano's defense better. Because we should never forget that this defense, for all its coaches, is ultimately Greg Schiano's.

Robb Smith also joins the Bucs from Rutgers, where he was the defensive coordinator and secondary coach last season. Before that, he coached outside linebackers, cornerback and linebackers from 2009 to 2011, in that order, and also served as Rutgers' special teams coordinator. He has no NFL experience, having coached at Iowa and Maine before coming to Rutgers.

Another interesting mutation happened at secondary coach. Tony Oden isn't fully the team's secondary coach, as he will coach cornerbacks instead of the entire secondary. The safeties will be coached by Jeff Hafley, who was an assistant defensive backs coach last season. We'll see whether this split in responsibilities is a sensible one. In addition, Bryan Cox is now a pass rush specialist, rather than a front seven coach, which is what he was last season. The Bucs sure could use a better coordinated pass rush.

The strangest hire has to be that of Dave Wannstacheedt, though. The former head coach and special teams coordinator hasn't coached special teams since the '70s, and yet he's now the Buccaneers special teams coordinator. Phil Galiano will help him make that transition as an assistant, and Wannstedt has a lot of experience as a football coach, but I can see this blowing up in the team's face really, really quickly.

Here's the full list of coaches, with links to their profiles as we've written them in the past:

Head Coach

Greg Schiano

Tight Ends Coach

Brian Angelichio

Offensive Line Coach

Bob Bostad

Head Strength and Conditioning Coach

Jay Butler

Running Backs Coach

Earnest Byner

Pass Rush Specialist

Bryan Cox

Assistant Defensive Coordinator

Bob Fraser

Assistant Special Teams Coach

Phil Galiano

Wide Receivers Coach

John Garrett

Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach

Bob Gilmartin

Secondary-Safeties Coach

Jeff Hafley

Assistant Offensive Line Coach

Steve Loney

Defensive Assistant

Tem Lukabu

Director of Football Operations

Kevin MacConnell

Offensive Assistant

Ben McDaniels

Quarterbacks Coach

John McNulty

Defensive Line Coach

Randy Melvin

Secondary-Cornerbacks Coach

Tony Oden

Senior Offensive Assistant

Jimmy Raye

Defensive Coordinator

Bill Sheridan

Linebackers Coach

Robb Smith

Offensive Coordinator

Mike Sullivan

Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach

Joe Vaughn

Special Teams Coordinator

Dave Wannstedt

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