On Wednesday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced their now-complete 2013 coaching staff, which includes five new assistants under Head Coach Greg Schiano.
Mike Sullivan and Bill Sheridan return as Schiano's offensive and defensive coordinators, respectively, while Dave Wannstedt takes over as the special teams coordinator. Wannstedt previously served as a head coach for Chicago Bears and Miami Dolphins, as well as on the collegiate level at Pittsburgh, and was most recently the defensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills in 2012.
Also new to the Buccaneers' staff in 2013 are Wide Receivers Coach John Garrett, Quarterbacks Coach John McNulty, Defensive Backs Coach Tony Oden and Linebackers Coach Robb Smith. Garrett comes to the Buccaneers from the Dallas Cowboys, where he was the passing game coordinator/tight ends coach; McNulty most recently held the same position with the Arizona Cardinals; Oden moves downstate from Jacksonville, where he also tutored the DBs; and Smith joins the Bucs' staff after four years at Rutgers. The position of linebackers coach was opened when Bob Fraser was named the assistant defensive coordinator.
2013 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Coaching Staff
Tight Ends Coach
Offensive Line Coach
Head Strength and Conditioning Coach
Running Backs Coach
Pass Rush Specialist
Assistant Defensive Coordinator
Assistant Special Teams Coach
Wide Receivers Coach
Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach
Assistant Offensive Line Coach
Director of Football Operations
Defensive Line Coach
Senior Offensive Assistant
Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach
Special Teams Coordinator
Garrett joins the Buccaneers after six seasons with the Cowboys, the last two as the team's passing game coordinator. In 2012, Dallas ranked third in the NFL in passing offense, averaging 295.6 yards per game to set a new franchise record. In his first year in that capacity in 2011, Garrett helped the Dallas aerial attack amass 262.6 yards per game, then the second-highest mark in team history. He also continued to serve as tight ends coach in 2011-12, a position he had held since joining the team in 2007. This past season, tight end Jason Witten made a stunning return from a preseason spleen injury to rack up 110 catches, the most by a tight end in the history of the NFL. Witten led the Cowboys in receptions in each of Garrett's five seasons as the team's tight ends coach. Garrett has also been a member of the coaching staffs in Cincinnati and Arizona, beginning with the Bengals in 1995 and tutoring wide receivers, tight ends and quarterbacks at various points in his career. He spent the 2004-07 seasons at the University of Virginia, coaching the wide receivers and rising to the post of assistant head coach for the offense under Al Groh. A former wide receiver for the Cowboys, Bengals and Bills, Garrett actually began the second stage of his NFL career with the Buccaneers as a pro personnel assistant from 1992-94. He is the son of former NFL assistant coach Jim Garrett and the brother of current Dallas Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett.
McNulty took over the quarterbacks in Arizona in 2012 after three seasons as the Cardinals' wide receivers coach. He helped with the continued development of wideout Larry Fitzgerald, who earned a Pro Bowl nod in each of McNulty's three seasons coaching that position. In 2011, Fitzgerald racked up 80 catches for 1,411 yards and eight touchdowns, averaging a career-best 17.6 yards per grab. McNulty's NFL coaching career began in Jacksonville in 1998, but he spent the five years prior to his appointment to the Cardinals' staff as an assistant under Schiano at Rutgers. McNulty began his Rutgers tenure as the wide receivers coach in 2004 before taking over as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2008. With McNulty calling the plays in '08, the Scarlet Knights set single-season school records for yards (5,841) and points (421) and finished with the nation's 12th-ranked offense, plus an 11-2 record. That Rutgers squad was the first in NCAA history to have a 3,000-yard passer (Mike Teel), a 2,000-yard rusher (Ray Rice) and two 1,000-yard receivers (Kenny Britt and Tiquan Underwood). During his five-year stint with the Jaguars, McNulty worked with one of the league's most prolific pass-catching duos, Jimmy Smith and Keenan McCardell, the latter of whom went to the Buccaneers in 2002 and helped produce a Super Bowl title. Before joining Schiano's staff in 2004, McNulty also spent one season as the wide receivers coach for the Dallas Cowboys.
Oden brings 17 years of coaching experience to the Buccaneers, the last nine on the NFL level. In 2012, he served as the secondary coach for the Jaguars after five seasons with the New Orleans Saints. He was part of Sean Payton's original staff in New Orleans, originally signing on as the team's assistant secondary coach. After five years in that capacity, he was promoted to secondary coach in 2011. From 2009-11, the New Orleans' defensive backfield allowed the third-fewest touchdown passes (52) in the NFL while also racking up the third-most interception return yards (928). The Saints' secondary during Oden's tenure with the team was adept at creating big plays, including nine defensive touchdowns from 2009-11 and S Roman Harper's 7.5 sacks in 2011 alone. Oden helped the Saints win three division titles during his six seasons, as well as Super Bowl XLIV following the 2009 campaign. He started his NFL coaching career with the Houston Texans in 2004 as a defensive assistant/assistant defensive backs coach after eight years at the NCAA level. Oden's collegiate coaching stops included Eastern Michigan, East Carolina, Boston College, Millersville University of Pennsylvania and the United States Military Academy.
Smith spent last season as Rutgers' defensive coordinator/secondary coach under new Head Coach Kyle Flood, who took over for Schiano at the helm of the Scarlet Knights program. In four seasons at Rutgers, Smith got a wide variety of experience, coaching the outside linebackers in 2009, the cornerbacks in 2010 and the linebackers in 2011. During those three seasons he also served as the team's special teams coordinator, producing impressive results. His 2009 group scored four touchdowns on kickoff and punt returns and also blocked six kicks. Over a two-year span, the Scarlet Knights blocked 15 kicks and scored on seven returns under Smith's direction. A former safety at Allegheny College, Smith began his coaching career at Iowa as a graduate assistant from 1999-2001, then began a seven year stint at the University of Maine in 2002. At various points during his tenure with the Bears, he coached defensive backs, linebackers and special teams before spending the 2006-08 seasons as the team's assistant head coach and defensive coordinator.
Wannstedt's wealth of NFL experience gathered over more than two decades in the league include stints as a head coach (Chicago and Miami), an assistant head coach (Buffalo) and a defensive coordinator (Dallas, Miami and Buffalo). He also played four seasons in the NFL as an offensive tackle with Pittsburgh and Green Bay before returning to his alma mater, the University of Pittsburgh, to begin his coaching career in 1975. After four seasons at Pitt, he took over the defensive lines at Oklahoma State (1979-82) and USC (1983-85) before joining Jimmie Johnson's staff at the University of Miami as the defensive coordinator. After the Hurricanes won a national championship in 1987, Wannstedt followed Johnson to the Cowboys in 1989, serving in the same capacity and helping Dallas win Super Bowl XXVII after the 1992 season. That success launched Wannstedt's head coaching career, as he was tabbed to lead the Bears in 1993, replacing Mike Ditka. Chicago made one playoff appearance during his six years at the helm, which was followed by a return to Miami to be the Dolphins' defensive coordinator, again under Johnson. He was in that post for one year before Johnson retired and Wannstedt was named his successor, a position he held for the next five seasons before resigning midway through the 2004 campaign. The Dolphins compiled a 42-31 record with Wannstedt at the helm, qualifying for the playoffs in 2000 and 2001. Wannstedt then spent the next six years as the head coach at his alma mater, helping the Panthers put up a 42-31 record and a bowl appearance in each of his last three campaigns at the helm. After resigning from his post at Pitt, Wannstedt joined the Buffalo Bills, first as assistant head coach/linebackers coach in 2011 and then as defensive coordinator last fall.