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Bucs looking for certain profile in new defensive line coach

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Among the Bucs' chief missions at the Senior Bowl this week is to conduct interviews for defensive line coaches, and they've done plenty of those in the past couple of days.

General manager Mark Dominik said today the team is considering adding an assistant defensive line coach as well, though that decision hasn't been made.

As for the primary line coach, there are certain important qualities the Bucs consider absolutes. Mainly, the Bucs are looking for a coach who can relate to a very young unit that consists primarily of players in their first and second seasons and one who can teach effectively.

"I think with coach (Raheem Morris), it would be fair to say he's looking for a guy who is a good thinker who has a good rush plan and knows how to attack teams," Dominik said. "Not just a guy who is going to (run) our system, but he's going to want to make our system better with what he can bring from a knowledge standpoint and a teaching standpoint."

That's what the Bucs believed they found in receivers coach Eric Yarber last year when he was hired. The Bucs wouldn't mind if the defensive line coach had a similar background and skills.

"(Yarber) had some experience in the pros a little bit. . . but he also came from a college mentality where it is about teaching fundamentals," Dominik said. "And because of where we're at with our football team, that's an important thing we're looking at as well."

The Bucs could announce a hire as early as next week, Dominik said.

[Last modified: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 1:46pm]

    

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