Bucs hire Brentson Buckner as DL coach

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The Buccaneers have hired Brentson Buckner as their defensive line coach, the team announced.

Buckner will replace Jay Hayes, who Tampa Bay fired on February 9.

The Buccaneers also interviewed University of Miami defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski, their own assistant defensive line coach, Paul Spicer, and former Colts defensive coordinator Ted Monachino.

Buckner, 46, spent the past five seasons as the Cardinals’ defensive line coach. Arizona led the league with 48 sacks in 2016. The Bucs had a league-low 22 sacks last season.

Buckner, who had a 12-year career as an NFL defensive lineman, crossed paths with Bucs General Manager Jason Licht in Arizona in 2013.

2 responses to “Bucs hire Brentson Buckner as DL coach

  1. As an Arizona Cardinals myself I think the Bucs made a good hire here getting Buck, he is a very good defensive line coach. Arizona’s D-Line has always performed extremely well under Brenston, and Arizona has 3 very talented young D-Linemen who grew up under him in Xavier Williams who is one of the best young run blocking DT/NT’s in the NFL with solid interior pass rushing ability as well, 6″5/298pd Olsen Pierre put up 5.5 sacks/48QB pressures in his 1st season as a starting & 6″4/298pd DE Robert Nkimdiche took great strides last year & was owning interior linemen over the 2nd half of last year, excelled versus the run & put up 38 QB pressures/16 QB hits despite not playing a whole bunch till the 2nd half of the year. Nkimdiche I think will continue improving after the light went on for him last year, and I think he fits much better in Wilks system. Buckner will do a great job getting the most out of Tampa’s line, with all of the talent they have 22 sacks in just unacceptable.

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