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Buccaneers finally get to hire John McNulty

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The Buccaneers tried to hire John McNulty a year ago, but the Cardinals blocked their request to interview him for their offensive coordinator job.

Now that he’s available, he gets to join them in a lesser role.

Bucs GM Mark Dominik said Friday McNulty was joining the team as quarterbacks coach, and that he’ll work alongside offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan. McNulty had previously worked with Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano at Rutgers.

“It’s an exciting hire for our coaching staff,’’ Dominik said, via Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com. “He has a lot of respect in coaching circles. Coach Schiano knows him personally. He’ll work closely with Mike Sullivan and [quarterback] Josh Freeman. He’s another great mind to work with our offense. He’s been a quarterbacks coach before, he’s been a receivers coach before and he’s called plays before. He’s a well-rounded offensive mind.’’

Dominik also said that a report that defensive line coach Randy Melvin had been fired were inaccurate.

“Randy Melvin is our defensive line coach,’’ Dominik said. “He has never been fired or terminated from his contract. He’s handled this extremely well. Randy Melvin is our defensive line coach for 2013.’’

The Bucs still need to hire a receivers coach and a defensive backs coach.

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4 Responses to “Buccaneers finally get to hire John McNulty”
  1. PeterKingLovesCoqAVin says: Jan 18, 2013 6:08 PM

    The Bucs must be happy to have plucked him off the wire. Way to get a resolution on those vacants.

  2. johnmaddenslovechild says: Jan 18, 2013 7:08 PM

    I’m eagerly waiting to see who gets hired for DB’s coach. Not only do we need someone great but once hired they have alot work to do.. Only upside is it can’t get much worse than last season so any improvement will be a step up. Sign some clutch free agent cornerbacks, draft a winner in the first round and take a shot with the honey badger in the 4th with the pick you got for talib..

  3. 1pwrightt says: Jan 18, 2013 10:59 PM

    I can see why someone would want to hire this guy. I mean look at the fine job he did coaching the “quarterbacks” in Arizona. Maybe if the Cards are lucky all three of there quarterbacks will follow Mr McNulty to Tampa. So long and don’t let the door hit you in the a…

  4. captainstagger says: Jan 19, 2013 8:52 AM

    Kolb, Skelton, Lindley………there isn’t a QB coach out there that could get that group of losers to be productive.

    He is in Tampa to be groomed as the next OC, cause Mike Sulivan will most likely get hired as a HC next year. Last uear was hos first year as QB coach, which he should have tirned down. He had great success In Jax under Coughlin with smith and McCardell and as a WR coach in Arizona he led one of the only respectable units on that team. Larry Fitzgerald brought him as his personal guest to the pro bowl in 2011….great hire!

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