Bryan Cox hired as Bucs defensive assistant
The Bucs have hired Bryan Cox as a defensive assistant, the Times confirmed.
Cox, who worked last season as the Miami Dolphins pass rush coach, was an assistant defensive line coach for the New York Jets for three seasons (2006–08) under Eric Mangini. After Mangini was fired and became the coach of the Browns in January 2009, Cox followed him to Cleveland as the defensive line coach.
In Miami, Cox worked on the staff with Bill Sheridan, who has been hired as the Bucs' defensive coordinator, according to the Lantern of Ohio State.
Sheridan was the last member of Urban Meyer's staff to be hired recently but jumped at the opportunity to return to the NFL as the Bucs defensive coordinator.
Cox played 12 NFL seasons for the Dolphins, Bears, Jets, Patriots and Saints. He was named to three Pro Bowls at linebacker and was a member of the Patriots Super Bowl XXXVI champion team. He recorded 51.5 career sacks and four interceptions.
By coming to Tampa Bay, Cox will also be closer to his son, Bryan, Jr., a defensive end who will play at the University of Florida next season.