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Bucs confirm four assistants for new coaching staff



The Bucs on Tuesday confirmed the hiring of four new assistant coaches to Dirk Koetter's staff for 2016,  continuing an overhaul that started with the hiring of Mike Smith as defensive coordinator.

The four hires had all been previously reported -- longtime Bengals assistant Jay Hayes to coach the defensive line, former Dolphins assistant Mark Duffner to coach the linebackers, former Gators and Bears assistant Jon Hoke to coach defensive backs and former Jaguars and Titans assistant Nate Kaczor as the new special teams coordinator.

The Times has independently confirmed five assistants who will remain from Lovie Smith's 2015 staff: quarterbacks coach Mike Bajakian (role unspecified), running backs coach Tim Spencer, tight ends coach Jon Embree, offensive line coach George Warhop and assistant offensive line coach Butch Barry. That doesn't not include receivers coach Andrew Hayes-Stoker, whose page has been removed from the team's official site; he was at Shrine Game on Monday and dressed in street clothes, not Bucs gear.

One confirmed holdover on the defensive side is assistant defensive line coach Paul Spicer, who joined the team last season. Spicer played defensive end for the Jaguars and his time there overlapped with Mike Smith's five years as defensive coordinator, as well as two years with Koetter's time there as offensive coordinator.

Bucs assistants under Lovie Smith are getting jobs elsewhere, with defensive line coach Joe Cullen taking the same job with the Ravens, who also hired former Bucs defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier as their secondary coach. Linebackers coach Hardy Nickerson has reportedly interviewed for the same job with the 49ers.

[Last modified: Wednesday, January 20, 2016 2:23pm]


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