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Buccaneers hire Mike Bajakian as quarterbacks coach

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers round out their coaching staff with a quarterbacks coach.

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Update 3: Finally confirmed, by Greg Auman.

Update 2: The plot thickens!

Update: Pewter Report notes that it's not official yet.he Tampa Bay Buccaneers are hiring Tennessee Volunteers offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian as quarterbacks coach, according to Thayer Evans of Sports Illustrated.


Bajakian has some history with Lovie Smith, having been the Chicago Bears' offensive quality control and wide receivers coach from 2004 through 2006. Since then, he's spent time in college coaching quarterbacks for central Michigan, Cincinnati and Tennessee. Outside of his one stint with the Bears, he has no NFL experience. Curiously, he has not worked with offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter prior to this season.

In college, he's coached both pro-style quarterbacks like Zach Collaros, and he's more read-option quarterbacks like Dan Lefevour and Joshua Dobbs. Those three players are the most well-known quarterbacks Bajakian has coached in his career, so the Bucs aren't exactly getting a proven quarterback guru. But they are at least getting an experienced coach who has spent most of his career guiding various quarterbacks -- especially inexperienced college players.

Aside from those quarterbacks, Bajakian has also coached high draft picks Travis Kelce and Isaiah Pead, and his offenses have generally ranked near the top of their conferences in most statistics.

Update: Originally called Lefevour a pro-style quarterback, which is nonsense. Thanks to @nburzych for the correction.