Buccaneers special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia’s unit was challenged in the off-season by head coach Raheem Morris to produce and become the catalyst of a young team, during the process of rising up and fulfilling said challenge, Bisaccia’s special teams unit has gotten Bisaccia plenty of attention and even has his name being whispered about by many top level NFL executives as a possible head coaching candidate in 2010. With such a stir surrounding Bisaccia, Ira Kaufman, of the Tampa Tribune got reactions by players, head coach Raheem Morris and even Bisaccia himself.
After failing to score off a kickoff return through their first 497 games, the Bucs have brought three back all the way in the past 28 games.
Since Bisaccia’s arrival, the Bucs also have returned three punts for touchdowns, blocked nine field-goal attempts and deflected four punts.
“What he’s done around here is the same thing he’s done since ’02 – coach with enthusiasm, coach with passion and get his guys to play like that,” Morris said. “You think I tell the truth too much? Wait until Bisaccia’s a head coach and he starts telling people what he thinks. It will be a doozy.”
Bisaccia, 49, is hoping to follow the example of John Harbaugh, the former Eagles special teams coordinator who led the Ravens to an 11-5 mark as a rookie head coach in 2008.
“I want to be a head coach and I feel I have a wealth of experience,” said Bisaccia, who began his coaching career at Wayne State in 1983. “This is my fix. I’ve been married to the same girl for 25 years. This is what I do, it’s who I am. I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, I don’t chase women … I come to work and I do my job.”