Bucs interview Bills' Van Pelt, Bears' Hamilton for QBs coaching position; Ike Hilliard interviews for WRs coaching post
Former Bills offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt and former Bears quarterbacks coach Pep Hamilton have interviewed with the Bucs for their quarterbacks coaching position.
Van Pelt was the Bills' quarterbacks coach on Dick Jauron's staff in Buffalo before being promoted to offensive coordinator when Turk Schonert was fired just before the 2009 season.
The Bills finished 30th in the NFL in total offense and averaged 16.1 points per game.
Hamilton coached the Bears quarterbacks for the past three seasons until the Bears fired most of their offensive coaching staff following the 2009 season. Bears quarterback Jay Cutler had his worst year as a pro, throwing 27 touchdowns and 26 interceptions.
The Bucs have interviewed Ike Hilliard for their receivers coaching position.
Hilliard, 33, coached receivers for the Florida Tuskers in the United Football League in 2009.
Hilliard retired from the NFL after 12 seasons following 2008, the last four with the Bucs. He makes sense for Tampa Bay. Not only did he take the hard road by coaching in the UFL, he also was teammates with many of the Bucs receivers, including Michael Clayton and Maurice Stovall.