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Bucs hire Browns' Warhop for offensive line



Lovie Smith has filled the last positional opening on his coaching staff, announcing Saturday the hiring of longtime NFL assistant George Warhop as the Bucs' new offensive line coach.

Warhop, 52, spent the last five years as the Browns' offensive line coach, working with a pair of Pro Bowl players in tackle Joe Thomas and center Alex Mack. Before that, he spent four years coaching the 49ers' offensive line and stints with the Cardinals (1998-02) and Cowboys (2003-04). He got his start in the NFL as assistant offensive line coach with the Rams in 1996-97.

Smith's last two hires have come from the Browns' staff -- Warhop worked last season alongside new Bucs tight ends coach Jon Embree. The Bucs at one point had looked to bring in former Dolphins coach Tony Sparano to coach the offensive line, but he was given a two-year extension to keep that job with the Raiders.

Smith's staff now has its positional roles complete, with former Cal coach Jeff Tedford running the offense, former Vikings coach Leslie Frazier running the defense and Kevin O'Dea as special-teams coordinator. Other assistants are Marcus Arroyo (QBs), Tim Spencer (RBs), Andrew Hayes-Stoker (WRs), Warhop (OL), Embree (TEs), Joe Cullen (DL), Hardy Nickerson (LBs), Gill Byrd (CBs), Mikal Smith (safeties) and Larry Marmie (nickelbacks).

The team has not yet found a general manager to replace Mark Dominik, with two rounds of interviews in the past week with NFL front-office executives seeking their first GM job, including the Falcons' Lionel Vital, the Giants' Marc Ross, the Cardinals' Jason Licht and the Titans' Lake Dawson.

[Last modified: Saturday, January 18, 2014 5:57pm]


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