Ex-NFL safety Brett Maxie joins Bucs as DBs coach
Brett Maxie, who spent 13 years in the NFL as a player and another 16 as an assistant coach, will be joining Dirk Koetter's new Bucs staff as defensive backs coach.
Maxie, 54, has spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Vanderbilt, but spent the previous 16 years in the NFL, with the Titans, Cowboys, Dolphins, Falcons, 49ers and Panthers as an assistant. In his new job with the Bucs, he'll work with Jon Hoke, who has already been announced as the team's secondary coach.
As a player, Maxie had 23 interceptions, including three returned for touchdowns, in 13 seasons from 1985-97, mostly with the Saints. He has not worked with Koetter or defensive coordinator Mike Smith, but worked with new special teams coordinator Nate Kaczor with the Titans in 2012-13.
The Bucs still have an opening for a receivers coach, as well as deciding who will carry the title of offensive coordinator under Koetter, who will be calling offensive plays as a head coach.
Koetter has retained several members of Lovie Smith's coaching staff -- QBs coach Mike Bajakian, RBs coach Tim Spencer, TEs coach Jon Embree, OL coach George Warhop, assistant OL coach Butch Barry, assistant DL coach Paul Spicer and assistant special-teams coach Carlos Polk. He's replaced most of the defensive staff, with Smith as coordinator, Hoke as secondary coach, Jay Hayes as DL coach, Mark Duffner as LBs coach and Kaczor handling special teams.