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Report: Tampa Bay Buccaneers hire Bryan Cox as Defensive Assistant

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As first reported by Adam Schefter and now confirmed by Rick Stroud, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have hired Bryan Cox as a defensive assistant coach. It's not clear what Cox' exact role with the team will be, but the former three-time All-Pro linebacker has worked as a defensive line coach and pass rush specialist in the NFL since 2006. He spent time on Eric Mangini's staff in New York and Cleveland, and was most recently he was the Miami Dolphins' pass rush coach.

Given that background, it's likely that Bryan Cox will be the Buccaneers' new defensive line coach or otherwise work with the defensive line, and not their linebackers. With the hiring of Cox, the Buccaneers' coaching staff is starting to come together. A few key hires remain, however, including a special teams coach, an offensive line coach and especially a quarterbacks coach. The Bucs have struggled to put together a coaching staff as their efforts have been blocked by other teams, and coaches have simply refused the opportunity to interview.