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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Hire a Defensive Backs Coach, Fire a Special Teams Coach

January 30th, 2013 at 9:43 PM
By Wolf Heard

It's been a busy day at One Buccaneer Place today with the team hiring a new defensive backs coach and firing a special teams coach.

Earlier today, the Buccaneers hired former Jacksonville Jaguars assistant Tony Oden to coach the secondary. Oden, who also coached the defensive backs for the Saints from 2006-2010, has a tough task ahead of him. The Bucs had the worst pass defense in football last season, and were just 14 yards away from having the worst secondary in NFL history.

The 39-year-old Oden replaces Ron Cooper, who took an associate head coaching job at the University of South Florida.

Also, Tampa Bay canned Bob Ligashesky after just one season as the special teams coach. While the Bucs did lead the league in blocked punts and got solid play from kickers Connor Barth and Michael Koenen, they struggled badly in the return game. The Bucs used several different returners, but got sub-par results no matter who was back there.

Given Schiano's style and the changing of several coaches already this offseason, it's not shocking to see Ligashesky go.

Tags: Bob Ligashesky, Football, NFL, Tampa Bay, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tony Oden

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