Bucs fire offensive line coach Pete Mangurian
The Bucs have fired offensive line coach Pete Mangurian.
Mangurian joined the Bucs staff in 2009 under then offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski to implement the zone blocking scheme. But he has struggled to get along with players and some members of the staff.
Since Greg Olson took over as offensive coordinator just 10 days prior to the 2009 season, the Bucs have gone back to a more power running scheme.
Last season, Tampa Bay suffered injuries to four starters on the offensive line. Only left tackle Donald Penn started all 16 games. The Bucs lost center Jeff Faine, guard Davin Joseph and tackle Jeremy Trueblood to injuries.
But the Bucs believed Mangurian's coaching style was not condusive to the long-term growth or consistent with the chemistry that the Bucs are trying to build under heac coach Raheem Morris.
"I think he was a good coach and I wish him the best,'' Faine said in a text to the Times.
Mangurian certainly got the most out of his offensive line last season, finishing eighth in the NFL in rushing as the Bucs averaged a franchise-best 4.6 yards per carry.
Tampa Bay also got solid performances from several backups -- center Jeremy Zuttah, rookie guards Ted Larsen, Derek Hardman and tackle James Lee.
As offensive line coach, Mangurian worked closely with Olson, who will obviously will have imput on the next hire at that position.
The Bucs now have three openings on Morris' staff -- offensive line, defensive line and defensive quality control. Morris said Tuesday that the team had re-signed running backs coach Steve Logan and tight ends coach Alfredo Roberts.