The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had the NFL's best rush defense in 2012. But that doesn't mean they played great defense. In fact, there were plenty of things wrong with Tampa Bay's defense last season.
One of those was the pass rush, or lack thereof. The Bucs had just 27 sacks last season, only 21 of which came from the defensive line. That number was the third worst in football.
Because of a major lack of production from a group that features Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, the Bucs have decided to part ways with defensive line coach Randy Melvin. This news was first reported by PewterReport.com.
While the Bucs had four guys that set career-highs in sacks last season, including defensive end Michael Bennett with nine, the overall pass rush was extremely inconsistent and virtually nonexistent at times.
Melvin was hired by head coach Greg Schiano last year, and worked with him at Rutgers from 2002-2004 and again in 2010.
Melvin is the fourth assistant coach to depart this offseason. Wide receivers coach P.J. Fleck became the head coach at the University of Western Michigan, quarterbacks coach Ron Turner became the head coach at Florida International University, and defensive backs coach Ron Cooper is now coaching the secondary at the University of South Florida.
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