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Valero named Rams assistant head coach



Bucs running backs coach Art Valero has been named assistant head coach of the St. Louis Rams.

Valero said Friday he's uncertain which position he may eventually coach in St. Louis: offensive line, running backs or tight ends. He also could still  become the team's offensive coordinator under head coach Scott Linehan.

One of the most popular assistants among Bucs players for six seasons, Valero made it clear Friday he butted horns with coach Jon Gruden in Tampa Bay.

Valero had always been part of Gruden’s staff in Tampa Bay, serving as tight ends coach (2002-03), running backs coach ('04-’05) and assistant head coach ('06-’07). But Valero credited the players — not Gruden — for most of the Bucs’ success.

"First of all, when coach (Tony) Dungy left Tampa Bay, he left a lot of great character on that team,'' Valero said. "The thing I will miss the most is the players and not only the ones I got to work with. There's a lot of great people in that locker room and all they want to do is win an all they wanted was to be led.''

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 2:56pm]


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