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Buccaneers add Hardy Nickerson to coaching staff

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Make no mistake, Lovie Smith’s not afraid to live in the past.

After the new Buccaneers coach compared linebacker Lavonte David to all-timer Derrick Brooks, Smith went out and hired one of Brooks’ old teammates.

Former Bucs linebacker Hardy Nickerson will join Smith’s coaching staff, via Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune.

The 48-year-old Nickerson — sometimes known as “El Dragon” — spent seven years with the Bucs, four of those with Smith as his linebackers coach. Those were glory days for the Buccaneers defense, something Smith is trying to recreate.

“As I’m putting our coaching staff together, it would be great to get an old Buccaneer back on our staff,’’ Smith said during his introductory press conference Monday, without mentioning Nickerson by name. “In fact, one thing I’m going to do is reach out to all of our former Buccaneers.

“They will always be welcome here. We want them around and we want our current players to feel that pressure of how they’re supposed to perform each week. Some places don’t have the tradition we have and we’re definitely going to draw on that as much as we can.”

Nickerson spent a year on Smith’s coaching staff in Chicago, but was most recently a high school coach in Oakland.

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14 Responses to “Buccaneers add Hardy Nickerson to coaching staff”
  1. nflofficeadmin says: Jan 8, 2014 12:26 PM

    Totally forgot about old Hard-on!! What a player he was..

  2. uwsptke says: Jan 8, 2014 12:31 PM

    “In fact, one thing I’m going to do is reach out to all of our former Buccaneers. They will always be welcome here. We want them around and we want our current players to feel that pressure of how they’re supposed to perform each week. Some places don’t have the tradition we have and we’re definitely going to draw on that as much as we can.”

    Sounds like a not-so-subtle jab at the previous regime. Wasn’t there a story at the beginning of the season where they basically asked a former player to leave the practice field area because they had no idea who he was?

  3. aniskali51 says: Jan 8, 2014 12:39 PM

    Are the bucs even considered an NFL team? #irrelevant

  4. shaggytoodle says: Jan 8, 2014 12:39 PM

    I haven’t seen or heard that name since Tecmo Bowl.

  5. lennydpocketqb says: Jan 8, 2014 12:56 PM

    Tecmo bowl ruled back in the day.

  6. jjackwagon says: Jan 8, 2014 1:02 PM

    Right or wrong at least Lovie is doing something. The only people that don’t make mistakes are the ones that don’t do anything.

  7. judsonjr says: Jan 8, 2014 1:16 PM

    He’s only 48? I thought he was 48 when he played for the Packers.

    Seriously though, the “often-angry” Hardy Nickerson was a beast.

  8. jc327 says: Jan 8, 2014 1:37 PM

    Hardy Nickerson was a hell of a player on some really bad teams.

  9. cuda1234 says: Jan 8, 2014 1:47 PM

    Good hire, but not good enough to cover the stench of the Tony Sparano move.

  10. rhinojr says: Jan 8, 2014 1:50 PM

    I met Hardy here in Charlotte when he lived here. What an outstanding person! He and his wife are well grounded and they have a great family. He seems like an excellent teacher which will bode well for him and the Bucs. Good luck to him

  11. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Jan 8, 2014 2:09 PM

    Straight up baller! Good hire

  12. cheapglazers says: Jan 8, 2014 2:24 PM

    Hardy Nickerson! Great hire. Different game now though…

  13. therealbleedcoltsblue says: Jan 8, 2014 2:53 PM

    So now, signing a former player to coach is considered ‘living in the past’.

    #Huh?

  14. bassplucker says: Jan 8, 2014 3:35 PM

    I wish the Bears would do likewise with Mike Singletary. Their young LBs have talent but they need some serious coaching-up.

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