Dave Wannstedt has landed a new job in a surprising place: Tampa Bay, as special teams coach.
Wannstedt, the former head coach of the Bears and Dolphins, was added to Greg Schiano’s staff today, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.
It’s surprising that Wannstedt has taken a job coaching special teams, rather than defense, where most of his coaching experience has been. Wannstedt was defensive coordinator of the Bills last year and has previously served as defensive coordinator of the Dolphins and Cowboys.
But Wannstedt did take a hands-on role in running the special teams during his time as head coach at the University of Pittsburgh from 2005 to 2010. Schiano was the head coach at Rutgers at that time and coached against Wannstedt every year, and he was apparently impressed enough with Pittsburgh’s special teams to give Wannstedt a job coaching the special teams in Tampa. Now Wannstedt, who was Schiano’s boss for three seasons in Chicago, is working for Schiano.