Wholesale changes not expected on Bucs coaching staff; Berbenich could replace Mann as WRs coach
Bucs coaches returned to work and met as a staff with Raheem Morris Tuesday.
The surprising news is that nearly all were present and accounted for.
Less than a week before the Bucs head to Mobile, Ala., for the Senior Bowl workouts, only receivers coach Richard Mann appears to be moving on at this time.
Mann's contract expires in February and he has interviewed with the Washington Redskins.
Bucs general manager Mark Dominik plans to address Morris' 2010 staff next Tuesday. But only a minor tweak to the staff is expected despite a 3-13 record.
A big reason for that is because the Bucs dismissed both coordinators last season.
Offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski was fired 10 days before the regular-season opener and has a year left on his contract.
Quarterbacks coach Greg Olson took over the play-calling duties and signed a contract extension in Sept. He is expected to continue as offensive coordinator in 2010.
Jim Bates was dismissed as defensive coordinator after 10 games and Morris took over the defense.
Morris will run the defense again in 2010 after his team allowed just more than 17 points per game over the final six weeks.
The leading candidate to replace Mann as receivers coach is Tim Berbenich, who has been an offensive assistant with the Bucs for the past four seasons. Last year, Berbenich was the assistant receivers coach under Mann.
There has been speculation that former Bucs receivers Keenan McCardell and/or Ike Hilliard might be under consideration to coach receivers. But it's more likely they would enter the NFL as offensive assistants.
Defensive line coach Robert Nunn and defensive backs coach Joe Baker had experience working under Bates. But the team has not announced any firings and they could be safe.
Former Lions defensive backs coach Jimmy Lake could be hired by the Bucs as a defensive assistant.
Lake worked as the Bucs' assistant defensive backs coach under Morris in 2006-07.