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Bucs reportedly pursuing Vikings defensive assistant



If the Bucs make any changes to their coaching staff, those changes are expected to occur soon now that coach and general manager Raheem Morris and Mark Dominik have had their contracts addressed.

Already, one possible move is taking shape.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune is reporting the Bucs have offered their defensive line coaching position to Vikings defensive line coach Karl Dunbar, whose contract is expiring. Likewise, the contract of Bucs defensive line coach Todd Wash is expiring, and this, presumably, would signal his exit from Tampa Bay.

The Bucs have been hampered by an anemic pass rush for several seasons, and intensifying pressure on opposing quarterbacks is expected to be one of the themes of this offseason.

Tampa Bay finished tied with Jacksonville for 30th in sacks, ahead of only Denver, which had the NFL’s worst defense in 2010.
With the Bucs spending their first two draft picks of 2010 on defensive tackles (Gerald McCoy and Brian Price), and with the team expected to spend a pick this spring on a defensive end, the role of the defensive line coach will be critical. The ability to develop a young group of linemen will be central to his duties.

Dunbar’s resume is impressive. He has been the Vikings’ defensive line coach for the past four seasons, during which it has been one of the best in the NFL. Prior to joining the Vikings, Dunbar, 43, also spent time with the Bears, LSU and Oklahoma State, all of which were rich in defensive-line talent during his stints.

Several other Bucs assistants also will see their contracts expire soon, though the team has not commented specifically on its plans. Morris and Dominik would ideally like to have any new members of their staff in place within the next two weeks with the Bucs soon preparing to travel to Mobile, Ala. for the Senior Bowl to scout prospects.

[Last modified: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 11:26am]


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