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7 Things to Know: New Position Coaches

A few interesting facts about Jay Hayes, Jon Hoke, Mark Duffner and Nate Kaczor.

Check out photos of the new assistant coaches for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

1. Jay Hayes has developed a premiere defensive tackle.
During his time in Cincinnati, Hayes helped develop Geno Atkins into one of the best pass-rushing defensive tackles in the NFL. Hayes will have an opportunity to work with another stellar pass-rushing DT in Tampa. Since 2012, the only defensive tackle in the NFL with more sacks than Atkins is Gerald McCoy.

2. Jon Hoke is a former defensive back himself.
Hoke will work with the Bucs' secondary having significant playing experience playing in the defensive backfield himself. He was a standout DB for Ball State University in the late 1970s where he was a two-time All-MAC selection. He went on to play for the Bears and Chiefs


  1. Mark Duffner specializes in working with linebackers.**
    Duffner has head coaching experience working with Holy Cross and the University of Maryland, but all of his NFL experience has come from working specifically with linebackers. The Buccaneers are the fifth NFL stop of his career; he has been a linebackers coach with each of those teams.

4. Nate Kaczor has experience coaching various positions.
Kaczor will work with the Bucs' special teams, but he has worked with several different position groups during his career. He worked as an offensive coordinator and tight ends coach in college and spent one season as an assistant offensive line coach with the Titans before becoming the team's special teams coordinator.

5. Jon Hoke is from a football family.
Hoke's older brother, Brady, was the University of Michigan's head coach until 2014 and his son, Kyle, worked as a defensive graduate assistant under him during his tenure at South Carolina.


Photos from Head Coach Dirk Koetter's introductory press conference at One Buccaneer Place.

  1. Jay Hayes will put down roots.**
    Hayes has almost three decades of NFL coaching experience, having coached in the league for 27 years. For the past 13 of those, though, Hayes has coached in the same place – Cincinnati. Thirteen years in one place is significant, to say the least, for an NFL coach with one team.

7. Mark Duffner and Nate Kaczor worked with Koetter in Jacksonville.
Duffner and Kaczor were both on the Jaguars' staff while Dirk Koetter was the team's offensive coordinator. Duffner served as the team's linebackers coach while Kaczor was an assistant special teams coach.

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