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Keep Pete Mangurian

Fortunately, Tampa doesn't have to worry about losing a defensive coordinator.  With Morris as head coach, there's no need for one.  Morris has said multiple times that he wants to keep the team together, though this is far from a guarantee.  Olsen not going anywhere, but I'm thinking special teams coach Rich Bisaccia will probably land elsewhere as he was courted heavily in the past.

Talking about assistant coaches, if there is one that should be kept it is offensive line coach Pete Mangurian.


The O line over the years has been touted as one of the better in the league and on the rise.  In 2009 they certainly didn't show it.  With virtually no running game and hardly any pass protection, it went from a strength for the team to a weakness.  However, the scheme wasn't the best for the personnel.

This season the line had somewhat of a resurgence.  Clearly, they performed better than last year, but they didn't dominate.  Much of this has to do with the dearth of experience that occupied the line by seasons end.  Trusted center Jeff Faine was lost for the season early on, and arguably the best player of the unit Davin Joseph shared a similar fate.  Jeremy Trueblood also went down for several weeks, however this was a  blessing of sorts.  

James Lee was able to come in and prove capable of starting at right tackle for the injured Trueblood.  Lee came in without polish, though he possesses an impressive physique.  Right Tackle will be very interesting in the off season with Lee's emergence.

Jeremy Zuttah was forced to play out of position at Center and initially struggled.  Fortunately, he was able to settle down later in the season.  The most remarkable aspects of the unit were Derek Hardman and Ted Larsen.  I didn't even know these two were on the roster, and Mangurian started them.  He coached them up and schemed well enough for them to act ably and cohesively.  Larsen played especially well as he went unnoticed throughout most of the season.  Neither had any real experience and they were able to block well enough for fleet footed Josh Freeman to have time for deep passes.  Also, the unit paved the way for the first thousand yard rusher since Carnell Williams electrified the league in his rookie season.  

The injured will come back healthy, and the coach that was able to weather the storm without them with success should be retained for the future.