Bucs still without QBs coach, but Sullivan will take active role with Freeman
The Bucs made another hire last night, bringing aboard LSU defensive backs coach Ron Cooper to coach Tampa Bay's secondary.
But there's still work to be done. The Bucs have not yet hired a quarterbacks coach, something that is considered critical given Josh Freeman's struggles last season.
We don't know who the candidates are just yet, but we can answer a few questions based on what a source tells us. For one, the Bucs do not intend to have offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan pull double duty (coordinator and quarterbacks coach). That was something asked of former offensive coordinator Greg Olson in 2009, and all involved agreed it wasn't an ideal situation. That arrangement limited one-on-one with Freeman and the remaining quarterbacks.
However, we're also told that Sullivan, while not the QBs coach, will take a more active role in coaching the position than most coordinators. That's a good thing for the Bucs considering Sullivan is given significant credit for helping Giants quarterback Eli Manning bounce back with a strong 2011 season after a step back in 2010.
Look for some possible developments out of Indianapolis this week, where the Bucs and the rest of the NFL have convened for the NFL Scouting Combine. The Times' Rick Stroud is there and expects to hear from coach Greg Schiano later today.