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Bucs add to staff, hire special teams coordinator

Thomas McGaughey comes to Tampa Bay after six seasons with the Giants.
 
Special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey comes to the Bucs after spending six seasons with the Giants.
Special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey comes to the Bucs after spending six seasons with the Giants. [ JOHN MINCHILLO | AP ]
Published Feb. 8|Updated Feb. 8

TAMPA — The Bucs are hiring Thomas McGaughey, who spent the past six seasons with the Giants, as their special teams coordinator.

McGaughey, 50, replaces the retired Keith Armstrong. In 2022, the Giants’ special teams finished 28th in the NFL, but they had an assortment of injuries, especially at the placekicker position.

Graham Gano, who missed 35% of his field goals, was placed on injured reserve in November. He was replaced by Randy Bullock, who injured his hamstring in December. Before even appearing in a game, Cade York injured his quad in practice and was replaced by Mason Crosby.

McGaughey inherits a pretty good kicking game with Tampa Bay.

Place-kicker Chase McLaughlin set a club record, going 29-of-31 on field-goal attempts in the regular season; the two misses were blocked. His 93.5 field-goal percentage was the best in team history. McLaughlin is 24-of-29 in career field goals over 50 yards.

Punter Jake Carmada also averaged 50.1 yards per punt.

Bucs assistant special teams coach and former safety Keith Tandy also interviewed for the job. It’s uncertain if he will remain in his same position.

McGaughey is a former NFL defensive back who played for the Bengals and Eagles. As a special teams coach, he had two stints with the Giants and also worked for the Broncos, Jets, 49ers and Panthers.

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