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Rick Stroud, Greg Auman and Matt Baker

Assistants Coyer, Casullo could be gone

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The Bucs may have already begun the process of shaking up Jon Gruden's coaching staff.

It appears that the first casualties could be assistant head coach Larry Coyer and tight ends coach Bob Casullo.

The contracts of Coyer and Casullo are up and it doesn't appear they will be retained by the Bucs.

Coyer, 64, was hired in 2007 as defensive line coach, replacing Jethro Franklin. At the time he joined Tampa Bay, he had just been fired by the Denver Broncos as defensive coordinator.

Last season, the Bucs promoted Todd Wash to defensive line coach and Coyer took the title of assistant head coach. Coyer said he helped Gruden break down defensive game film, among other duties.

Casullo worked for Gruden with the Raiders and has been the Bucs' tight ends coach for two seasons.

There are a lot of coaches losing their jobs this week. With Coyer likely to leave, one person to keep an eye on is Jets offensive line coach Bill Callahan. He could be a candidate for a head coaching job with the Jets or elsewhere, but he certainly has ties to Gruden and general manager Bruce Allen.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:21pm]

    

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