Tampa Bay Bucs hire John McNulty as QBs coach

Published January 18 2013
Updated January 19 2013

TAMPA -- Bucs coach Greg Schiano finally has his man and Josh Freeman has a new quarterbacks coach. John McNulty, who coached quarterbacks and receivers for the Arizona Cardinals the past four years, has agreed to terms with the Buccaneers.

McNulty will coach quarterbacks for the Bucs, taking over from Ron Turner who took the head coaching job at Florida International University.

Mike Sullivan will remain as offensive coordinator, and Randy Melvin will stay on as defensive line coach, general manager Mark Dominik said.

Domink said the Bucs are interviewing for their vacant wide receiver and defensive backs assistant coaching positions.

"(McNulty) will come in here and work closely with Mike Sullivan, obviously work with Josh Freeman, and bring another really great mind to this offense to continue to develop our Buccaneer offense,'' Dominik said. "Sullivan was able to interview him, he felt just as comfortable and as confident as Greg (Schiano) did in terms of his ability, so that's why it was an exciting hire.''

McNulty served on Schiano's staff at Rutgers from 2004-08 and was the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach during his last three seasons with the Scarlet Knights.

After being hired by the Bucs last Jan. 26, Schiano desperately tried to pry McNulty from the Cardinals with the intention of making him the team's offensive coordinator. But the Cardinals would not grant permission for the Bucs to interview him.

"He had been promoted,'' Dominik said. "He got promoted from the wide receivers coach to the quarterbacks coach last year.''

McNulty was fired along with Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt and his staff.

Under McNulty, Rutgers set school records for total offense (5,841 yards), points scored (421) and first downs (295). They also became the first team in NCAA history to have a 3,000-yard passer (Mike Teal-3,147 yards), a 2,000-yard rusher (Ray Rice-2,069 yards), and two 1,000-yard receivers (Kenny Britt-1,232, Tiquan Underwood-1,100 yards). During McNulty's five seasons at Rutgers, the Scarlet Knights posted a record of 38-24 and won three consecutive bowl games while he was in charge of play calling.

Rutgers attempted to hire McNulty after offensive coordinator Dave Brock took the head coaching job at Delaware.

The Bucs still have to hire a wide receivers and defensive backs coach. Receivers coach P.J. Fleck was hired as the head coach at Western Michigan while defensive backs coach Ron Cooper was hired as the associate head coach/defensive backs at the University of South Florida.

"We're going through the interview process at other position coaches, and we're very excited about the people who we've already winded it down to,'' Dominik said, "and we'll hopefully be able to add a couple more coaches even before we get to the Senior Bowl.''