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Bucs add DL coaches Keith Millard, Grady Stretz

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The Bucs have completed their coaching staff by adding former Pro Bowl and Vikings first-round pick Keith Millard and Grady Stretz as co-defensive line coaches.

The Bucs also hired Tyrone Pettaway as a defensive quality control coach.

Millard, a one-time standout defensive end who has 13 years of coaching experience, will serve as the team's pass-rush specialist. Stretz, who will lead the run defense, has spent the past five seasons as defensive line coach at Arizona State.

Together, the pair will be charged with guiding a young, unproven group of linemen that could be joined by a highly-touted defensive end in April draft. Tackles Gerald McCoy and Brian Price are coming off their rookie seasons while Roy Miller has just two seasons of experience.

Millard most recently was with the Raiders, for whom he was also the pass rush specialist, from 2005 to 2008. He coached former Buc Warren Sapp there in 2006, when the defensive tackle notched 10 sacks. Prior to that, Millard spent time with the Broncos (2002-2004). But Millard's most well-known feats came on the field. During his nine-year career, he went to two Pro Bowls and three times was named an All-Pro and was once named defensive player of the year. Millard still holds the NFL mark for sacks by defensive tackle in a single season with 18 in 1989.

Stretz has the credentials to teach run defense, having helped Arizona State finish first in the Pac-10 in rushing defense in 2010. The Sun Devils also ranked eighth in the nation in tackles for loss, with 7.4 per game. Stretz has also coached at New Mexico and UCLA, where he played and was a member of the Bruins' 1993 Rose Bowl team.

Pettaway spent the past two seasons as a defensive assistant at Tennessee and USC under former Bucs defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin.

[Last modified: Tuesday, February 8, 2011 4:08pm]

    

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