The Buccaneers had the league’s worst pass defense in 2012, which is probably why they didn’t put up much of a fight when defensive backs coach Ron Cooper wanted to take a job at the University of South Florida.
It did leave them with an opening on their coaching staff, though. Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports that they’ve settled on Tony Oden for the job.
Oden filled the defensive backs job for the Jaguars in 2012, where he oversaw the league’s 22nd-ranked pass defense. Oden had the same job in New Orleans in 2011 and spent 2006-2010 as an assistant defensive backs coach with the Saints. He worked for the Texans and in college before heading to New Orleans.
The move leaves head coach Greg Schiano with one spot to fill on his coaching staff. Wide receivers coach P.J. Fleck left to become the coach at Western Michigan and the Bucs have yet to hire his replacement.
UPDATE 3:50 p.m. ET: As pointed out in the comments, the Buccaneers reportedly hired John Garrett to replace Fleck.