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Bucs defensive backs coach bolts for USF

Late in the 2012 season, we created an unintended stir in Tampa by reporting that an unnamed Bucs player vented frustration after a 41-0 loss to the Saints by remarking, “Can we send these coaches back to college?

Coincidentally or not, some of them are doing just that.

That latest, according to Ira Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune, is defensive backs coach Ron Cooper.  The first-year NFL defensive backs coach who had nearly 30 years of college coaching experience has opted to join the staff at the University of South Florida, which also is located in Tampa and which plays its home games at Raymond James Stadium.

Per Kaufman, the move wouldn’t be happening unless head coach Greg Schiano wanted Cooper out.  Which makes sense, given that the Bucs were at the bottom of the league in pass defense in 2012.

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9 Responses to “Bucs defensive backs coach bolts for USF”
  1. fitz66 says: Jan 11, 2013 10:10 AM

    The Bucs had defensive backs? Signed, a Bucs fan.

  2. bucrightoff says: Jan 11, 2013 10:13 AM

    I mean when you’re only 14 yards from worst pass defense ever, you should be thankful anyone wants to employ you.

  3. fuglyflorio says: Jan 11, 2013 10:35 AM

    One year of Schiano … is plenty for anyone.

  4. beedubs26 says: Jan 11, 2013 11:00 AM

    The guy had one of the best secondaries in college football while at LSU. He had very little talent with the Bucs, what happened wasn’t entirely his fault. He didn’t ask to start a rookie (albeit a very successful one) safety, a way over the hill safety, and a couple of corners who wouldn’t have started for any other team in the league. Great hire IMO by the Bulls. I’m looking forward to the draft so we can shore up this secondary as much as anyone, but this past year isn’t all Cooper’s fault.

  5. 1bucfan813 says: Jan 11, 2013 11:10 AM

    I was wondering when he was going to be fired. He did had all that college experience for nothing. He embarrassed himself and our franchise.

  6. nathpz says: Jan 11, 2013 11:35 AM

    I don’t know if the guy is any good or not, but I do know the Bucs had so little talent at cornerback that I don’t think any coach could have gotten good results from them.

  7. txeer304 says: Jan 11, 2013 12:15 PM

    Yes the Bucs didn’t have the top talent in the secondary but the online lost pro bowl players and the coach was able to keep it together. A change needed to be made and it was.

  8. chace1986 says: Jan 11, 2013 1:13 PM

    Eric Wright: “Can we send these coaches back to college?“

    Mystery solved.

  9. bucfan4lyfe says: Jan 12, 2013 1:37 PM

    hahah glad he did that before getting fired. Aside from Barron & Barber, our secondary was terrible at best. Couldn’t stop the pass and busted coverages happening WAY too frequently. I for one am happy and am ready to move on to greener pastures.

    – signed BucFan4Lyfe

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