Greg Schiano, named the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ ninth head coach on January 26, is busy preparing for free agency, the NFL Draft and, ultimately, what the team believes will be a bounce-back season in 2012. Now Schiano has a full offensive staff to help him in these endeavors.
As with the team’s defensive coaching staff, the Buccaneers elected to introduce the entire offensive crew together, revealing these additions on Tuesday: Tight Ends Coach Brian Angelichio, Offensive Line Coach Bob Bostad, Running Backs Coach Earnest Byner, Wide Receivers Coach P.J. Fleck, Assistant Offensive Line Coach Steve Loney, Offensive Assistant Ben McDaniels and Quarterbacks Coach Ron Turner.
As is also the case with the defensive staff, which was announced last Thursday, the Buccaneers have assembled an offensive group with a wide variety of backgrounds and an impressive mix of experience, teaching ability and proven results.
Turner, for instance, has 35 years of coaching experience, has served as a head coach on the college level and has worked on a Super Bowl staff. Bostad has coached a string of Wisconsin offensive linemen into the NFL ranks over the past six years. Byner is best known to football fans for his playing days in Cleveland, but he has spent the past two years helping Jacksonville’s Maurice Jones-Drew get the most out of his talents.
Loney’s NFL resume includes stints as both an offensive line coach and an offensive coordinator, including his most recent post tutoring the offensive line for the St. Louis Rams. McDaniels helped create the league’s seventh-best passing attack as quarterbacks coach for the Denver Broncos in 2010. As former members of Schiano’s staff at Rutgers and accomplished coaches in their own right, Angelichio and Fleck will help translate the most effective aspects of that program’s successful culture to One Buccaneer Place.
The seven coaches introduced on Tuesday will be part of a staff under Offensive Coordinator Mike Sullivan, who was hired from the New York Giants on February 10. Also part of that staff is Senior Assistant Jimmy Raye, who joined the Buccaneers on February 15.
Angelichio has 16 seasons of experience (1996-11) in the coaching ranks, most recently spending the 2011 season as tight ends coach for Rutgers under Schiano. Prior to his time with the Scarlet Knights, Angelichio coached tight ends at the University of Pittsburgh for five seasons. In 2009, the Panthers’ starting tight ends (and 2010 NFL Draft picks), Nate Byham and Dorin Dickerson, were both named All-Big East. Under Angelichio, Dickerson also garnered All-Big East nods twice, set a school record with 10 touchdown receptions his senior season, earned All-American honors and was a finalist for the Mackey Award, annually given to the nation’s best tight end.
Angelichio started his career coaching the secondary at SUNY-Brockport in 1995 and later spent 10 seasons at Ithaca College, where he coached linebackers (1996-97), receivers (1998) and the offensive line (1999-00) before serving as offensive coordinator/offensive line coach (2000-05). During his time with the Bombers, Angelichio coached seven All-Americans and advanced to the postseason in seven of his 10 years. As offensive coordinator, he managed a highly productive unit that set or tied 30 team and individual records over his final five seasons.
Bostad comes to the Buccaneers after a highly successful six-year campaign at Wisconsin, where he was run game coordinator (2006-11) while also coaching the tight ends (2006-07) and offensive line (2008-11). He has been instrumental in some of college football’s most explosive offensives and, in particular, most dominant rushing attacks. Under Bostad’s guidance, the Badgers’ offensive line became one of the most decorated position groups in the country. He tutored four first-team All-Americans on Wisconsin’s offensive front the past two years, including C Pete Konz and G Kevin Zeitler in 2011 and T Gabe Carimi and G John Moffit in 2010. He also had nine players earn All-Big Ten honors from 2008-11 during his tenure as the offensive line coach.
Four of Bostad’s offensive linemen have been selected in the past three NFL drafts, including three in the 2010 NFL Draft: Carimi, Moffitt and C Bill Nagy. Carimi was selected by the Chicago Bears in the first round after earning consensus All-American honors, the Big Ten Lineman of the Year award and the Outland Trophy as college football’s top interior lineman.
As the Badgers’ run game coordinator since his start with the team in 2006, Bostad annually helped orchestrate one of the most powerful rushing attacks in the Big Ten and nationally, rushing for more than 3,000 yards each of the past two seasons — one of only eight teams nationally to accomplish that feat — en route to a pair of Big Ten titles and Rose Bowl berths.
In 2011, Heisman trophy finalist RB Monte Ball rushed for 1,923 yards and set an NCAA record with 39 touchdowns. Ball earned first-team All-American honors, as well as the Graham-George Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year award. In 2010, the Badgers nearly became the first team in FBS history to have three different players rush for at least 1,000 yards in the same season – James White (1,052), John Clay (1,012) and Monte Ball (996).
As tight ends coach in his first two seasons at Wisconsin, Bostad worked with Travis Beckum, who caught 75 passes 982 yards in 2007, both school records for a tight end. Beckum was named first-team All-America and was a John Mackey Award finalist.
Prior to his stay at Wisconsin, Bostad coached the offensive line at New Mexico (1999-2005), where he produced 14 All-Mountain West Conference performers, including seven first-team honorees. His 2005 offensive line opened holes for MWC Offensive Player of the Year DonTrell Moore, the nation’s 10th-leading rusher (118.0 yards/game). A pair of future pros, C Ryan Cook (Minnesota Vikings) and G Robert Turner (New York Jets) were both first-team All-MWC performers and went on to be rookie starters in the NFL. Additionally, T Terrance Pennington was a Buffalo Bills draft pick under Bostad’s watch.
Bostad spent two seasons at San Jose State (1997-98) as offensive line coach and was elevated to an offensive coordinator post his final year. T David Loverne was an All-Western Athletic Conference selection under his watch and went on to be drafted by the New York Jets and spend seven seasons in the NFL.
Bostad coached the offensive line at Cal State Northridge in 1995-96 and spent three seasons as an offensive line graduate assistant at Minnesota (1992-94) under head coach Jim Wacker. He began his career at his alma mater, UW-Stevens Point, coaching the offensive line from 1990-91. Bostad graduated from UW-Stevens Point in 1989, where he was a four-year starter as a linebacker for the Pointers and earned all-conference mention each season. UW-Stevens Point won 33 games during his career and tied Pacific Lutheran for the NAIA Division II national title in 1987.
Byner brings 28 years of NFL experience to the Buccaneers as a player, coach and member of the front office. In seven of his eight years as a running backs coach, Byner has had a back on his squad finish among the top 10 rushers in the NFL, including two who won the NFL rushing title: Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson in 2009 and Jacksonville Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew in 2011. In fact, Byner has led a back to 1,000 yards rushing in each of his eight seasons as a coach.
Byner spent the past two seasons with the Jaguars (2010-11), where, under his tutelage, Jones-Drew led the NFL and set the single-season franchise record with 1,606 yards rushing last year. Jones-Drew, who was voted to the Pro Bowl and was named to the Associated Press All-Pro first-team, also became the first player in Jaguars history to lead the NFL in rushing yards. In 2010, Jacksonville ranked third in the NFL in rushing, averaging 149.7 yards per game, and the team’s 4.7 yards per carry ranked fifth in the league. Jones-Drew rushed for 1,324 yards in only 14 games in 2010, including a stretch of six consecutive 100-yard outings.
Before joining the Jaguars, Byner served as running backs coach for the Tennessee Titans from 2008-09, overseeing Johnson’s swift development. In 2009, Johnson became just the sixth player in NFL history to rush for 2,000 yards (2,006) and broke the yards-from-scrimmage record (2,509) previously held by Marshall Faulk. Johnson, the NFL Offensive Player of the Year, rushed for 100 yards in 11 consecutive games, tying Marcus Allen for the second-longest streak in NFL history (Barry Sanders, 14 in 1997). During the 2008 season, Byner also helped LenDale White rank third in the NFL with 15 rushing touchdowns while Johnson rushed for 1,228 yards and earned Pro Bowl and All-Rookie honors.
Byner began his coaching career with the Washington Redskins as their running backs coach (2004-07), helping RB Clinton Portis to 4,616 yards and 34 touchdowns in those four seasons. He also aided Ladell Betts in rushing for 1,154 yards after Portis was placed on injured reserve halfway through the 2006 season.
Following his retirement from a 14-year NFL playing career, Byner joined the Baltimore Ravens as their director of player development while also assisting the personnel and coaching departments from 1998-04.
Originally a 10th-round draft pick by the Cleveland Browns in 1984, Byner went on to play seven seasons for the Browns (1984-88, 1994-95), five seasons with the Redskins (1989-93) and two seasons with the Ravens (1996-97). In that time, he registered 8,261 rushing yards and 56 touchdowns and was voted into two Pro Bowls (1990-91). When he retired, he ranked 16th in NFL history in career rushing yards. Byner earned a number of additional honors, including being named one of the 70 all-time greatest Redskins in 2002, induction into the Ravens Ring of Honor, the Ed Block Courage Award in 1986, the 1996 NFL Extra Effort award, the NFLPA Unsung Hero award in 1997 and the Ravens Man of the Year award in 1997.
Byner was a standout at East Carolina (1980-83) where he is a member of the school’s Sports Hall of Fame.
Fleck joins the Buccaneers from Rutgers University. In his work with the Scarlet Knights’ wide receivers over the past two seasons (2010-11), Fleck was instrumental in the development of both Mohamed Sanu and Mark Harrison. In 2011, Sanu set school and Big East records with 115 receptions for 1,206 yards and seven touchdowns, earning All-Big East honors and becoming one of the top-rated prospects in the 2012 NFL Draft. In 2010, Fleck helped Harrison to a team-leading 829 yards and nine touchdowns on 44 receptions.
Fleck began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Ohio State (2006) and also spent three seasons (2007-09) as wide receivers coach at his alma mater, Northern Illinois. With the Buckeyes, he worked with the tight ends and wide receivers and assisted with the special teams, culminating in a trip to the BCS National Championship Game.
As a player, Fleck was a two-time captain and wide receiver with the Huskies (1999-03), helping the team to a 10-win season in 2003 after recording 1,028 yards and six touchdowns on 77 catches, a reception total that still ranks second in Northern Illinois history. That season he also earned first-team Mid-American Conference honors and second-team Academic All-American accolades. He still owns the school record for career punt returns (87), is second in punt return yards (716), ranks third in career catches (179) and is fourth in receiving yards (2,162). Fleck went on to play for the San Francisco 49ers (2004-05), spending most of the 2004 season on the practice squad before being called up to the active roster late in the year. He was placed on injured reserve in 2005 before retiring from professional football in June 2006.
Loney has coached for 36 years, including 10 in the NFL and 24 on the collegiate level. His most recent stop was with the St. Louis Rams where he coached the offensive line (2008-11). His line helped pave the way for RB Steven Jackson, who recorded at least 1,000 yards rushing in each season Loney was on staff.
In 2010, Loney helped T Rodger Saffold to All-Rookie honors, as he became the only rookie in the NFL that season to start all 16 games at left tackle. The team also gave up 10 fewer sacks than in 2009 despite attempting 47 more passes, marking the second straight season the team improved on the previous year’s mark. During the 2008 season, Loney’s blockers helped Jackson produce his second best career performance and earn a Pro Bowl berth following an NFC-leading 1,416 yards rushing.
Loney joined the Rams after one season as interim head coach at Drake University, one season as offensive line coach with the Arizona Cardinals (2006) and four seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, coaching the offensive line (2002-05) and adding offensive coordinator duties in 2005.
In his time with the Vikings, the team led the NFL in rushing in 2002, led the NFL in total offense in 2003 and set a franchise record for yardage in 2004 as QB Daunte Culpepper broke nearly every Vikings passing record and posted the fourth-best passer rating in NFL history.
Loney has had three different coaching stints at his alma mater, Iowa State, first as a graduate assistant in 1974 to begin his coaching career, then as offensive coordinator/offensive line coach from 1995-97 and 2000-01. Loney’s offense spearheaded back-to-back bowl seasons in 2000 and 2001. In 2000, the Cyclones averaged 424.4 yards per game, the third-best total in school history. During the 1995 and 1996 seasons, Heisman Trophy finalist Troy Davis became the only tailback in national collegiate history to compile two consecutive 2,000-yard rushing campaigns.
In between his time with the Cyclones, Loney worked as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at the University of Minnesota in 1998-99. The Golden Gophers were second in the Big Ten Conference and 11th in the nation in rushing offense in 1999.
Loney was assistant head coach and wide receivers coach at Connecticut in 1994 and made his NFL coaching debut as an assistant offensive line coach for the Phoenix Cardinals in 1993. Loney has also spent time with Missouri Western (1975-76), Morehead State University (1979-83), The Citadel (1984-86) and Colorado State (1989-92) on the collegiate level and also coached two seasons at Leavenworth (KS) High School (1977-78).
Loney is a graduate of Iowa State where he was a letter winner on the offensive line in 1973.
McDaniels last worked with the Denver Broncos, serving as the quarterbacks coach during the 2010 campaign and as a coaching assistant in 2009. In 2010, McDaniels helped direct the seventh-ranked pass offense in the National Football League as quarterbacks Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow combined for 4,307 passing yards and 25 touchdowns while throwing just 12 interceptions. Tebow also added 227 yards rushing and six rushing scores.
In 2009, McDaniels was part of a Denver offensive coaching staff that helped Orton enjoy a career year, as he set a personal best with 3,802 passing yards that marked the second-highest total in the NFL among players in their first year with a team. Orton also tied for fifth in the league and matched a club record by posting a passer rating of at least 90.0 in 10 games. The Broncos offense tied for seventh in the NFL with only 23 giveaways, which marked the fourth-lowest total in team history.
Before joining the Broncos, McDaniels spent three years coaching high school football in Ohio. He instructed quarterbacks at Massillon Jackson High School in 2008 after a two-year stint tutoring the quarterbacks at Canton McKinley Senior High School. He began his coaching career in 2003 as a wide receivers coach at Warren Harding (Ohio) High School.
McDaniels worked for the University of Minnesota as a graduate assistant under Head Coach Glen Mason from 2004-05. The Golden Gophers posted a 7-5 record and earned a berth in the Music City Bowl during each of those two seasons, with McDaniels working with the wide receivers in 2004 and the defensive backs in 2005.
McDaniels was a quarterback at Kent State University under Head Coach Dean Pees from 1999-2001 after playing for Canton McKinley, which he led to a 37-3 record and two state championships during his three years as a starter. He set Canton McKinley career and single-season records for passing yards and touchdowns while helping it earn a No. 1 national ranking from USA Today in 1997.
Turner brings 35 years of coaching experience to Tampa Bay, including 11 seasons in the NFL working as the quarterbacks coach (2011) and wide receivers coach (2010) with the Indianapolis Colts and offensive coordinator (2005-09) and offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach (1993-96) with the Chicago Bears.
In 2010, Colts WR Reggie Wayne (111-1,355-6 TDs) produced his seventh consecutive 1,000-plus yard season, a third 100-plus reception season and a career season-best reception total. With expected starter WR Anthony Gonzalez out with injury, Turner helped wide receivers Austin Collie (58-649-8 TDs) and Pierre Garcon (67-784-6 TDs) to 55-plus receptions, 600-plus yards and five-plus touchdown catches each. Rookie free agent Blair White (36-355-5 TDs) also made an unexpected impact in Gonzalez’s absence. Collie amassed his totals in just nine outings, while Garcon missed two games and White appeared in 13.
In his second stint with the Bears, Turner directed QB Jay Cutler to a record-setting season in 2009 with the most completions (336) and attempts (555) in team history, while his yardage (3,666) ranked second-best and touchdowns (27) ranked third-best. As a team, Chicago had 3,473 net passing yards, the third-best club seasonal total with the other best totals of 3,362 (2007) and 3,743 (1995) both coming under Tuner’s tenure. In all, Turner’s offenses produced four of the top five and seven of the top 17 passing attacks in club history, topping 3,000 net passing yards in seven of nine seasons under Turner.
The rushing attack produced 8,512 yards in Turner’s last five seasons, including the second- and third-best club totals (2,099 in 2005; 1,918 in 2006) in the last 19 seasons. Chicago surpassed 4,600 net yards annually from 2006-09. The Bears also earned three playoff berths during Turner’s overall tenure.
In 2008, Turner helped QB Kyle Orton set a team mark with 205 attempts without an interception. RB Matt Forte also had success rushing 316 times for 1,238 yards and eight touchdowns, while adding 63 receptions for 477 and four touchdowns to set club rookie marks in yards, scrimmage yards (1,715) and receptions. The team’s 375 points tied the seventh-best seasonal mark in club history.
Turner and the 2006 Bears went 13-3 in winning the NFC North and earning home-field advantage in the playoffs and a trip to the Super Bowl. Chicago bested Seattle (27-24) and New Orleans (39-14), before falling in Super Bowl XLI to Indianapolis. During the season, the team topped 30-plus points seven times, the best seasonal total since 1956, and produced 5,199 net yards. QB Rex Grossman was 262-of-480 passing for 3,193 and 23 touchdowns, while RB Thomas Jones rushed 296 times for 1,210 and six touchdowns rushing. The club’s 38 offensive touchdowns were the most since 44 in 1995 under Turner. The Bears were the only NFL team with six players scoring five-plus touchdowns, with the last time the club achieving that mark being 1948.
In 2005, behind a rookie quarterback, Turner helped lead the team to an 11-5 record. The club rushed for 2,099 yards, the first 2,000-plus season by Chicago since 1990. Chicago ranked eighth in rushing offense (131.2), topped 100-plus yards 13 times and tied for the league lead with 19 rushes of 20 or more yards. Jones recorded 314 carries for 1,335 and nine touchdowns while rookie QB Kyle Orton was 190-of-368 passing for 1,869 yards and nine touchdowns.
During his first tenure, Turner helped Chicago to a 33-33 overall record while working with a different starting quarterback each season. The club’s completion percentages in 1994 (61.4%) and 1995 (60.2%) rank among the highest in team history. Chicago’s net passing yard total of 3,743 in 1995 ranks second in team annals. With QB Erik Kramer (315-522-3,838, 29 TDs) in 1995, the Bears set a team record for passing offense (233.9) and scored the fifth-most points (392) in club history. Kramer set club records with 29 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions. The 1995 squad had the third-most net yards (5,673) and second-most first downs (340) in team history. The offense also featured a 1,000+ rusher (Rashaan Salaam, 1,074) and two 1,000+ receivers (Jeff Graham, 1,301; Curtis Conway, 1,037), the only such season in team history.
In between his time with the Bears, Turner was the head coach at University of Illinois for eight seasons (1997-2004), where he is the fourth-winningest coach in school history. He guided the Illini to two bowl bids. The school won the Big Ten championship in 2001, and earned a BCS Bowl bid to the Nokia Sugar Bowl. The unanimous 2001 Big Ten Coach-of-the-Year presided over three of the top six offenses in Illini history in terms of total yards, while four of his eight squads ranked in the school's top 11 for scoring. The 2001 unit had a school-record 390 points. Three of the top six all-time leading rushers at Illinois and three of the school's top 10 all-time leading receivers played under Turner. He helped place more than 20 players on NFL rosters.
Turner began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Pacific before earning his first full-time college job coaching running backs and receivers at Arizona (1978-80). He moved on to Northwestern (1981-82), Pittsburgh (1983-84), Southern California (1985-87), Texas A&M (1988) and Stanford (1989-91) before earning his first head coaching job at San Jose State (1992).
Turner was a second-team junior college All-America wide receiver at Diablo Valley Community College and was inducted into the school’s athletic Hall of Fame in 2009. He earned a scholarship at Pacific, where he led the Tigers in receiving in 1975 and 1976 with 40 receptions, 666 yards and three touchdowns.
BUCCANEERS 2012 OFFENSIVE COACHING STAFF
- Mike Sullivan…Offensive Coordinator
- Jimmy Raye…Senior Offensive Assistant
- Brian Angelichio…Tight Ends Coach
- Bob Bostad…Offensive Line Coach
- Earnest Byner…Running Backs Coach
- P.J. Fleck…Wide Receivers Coach
- Steve Loney…Assistant Offensive Line Coach
- Ben McDaniels…Offensive Assistant
- Ron Turner…Quarterbacks Coach