The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Coaching staff is complete. According to numerous reports surfacing on the internet. The team plans to hire former Arizona State assistant Eric Yarber. The deal has yet to be finalized and the particulars were still being worked out this afternoon, but the team could make the news official as early as Thursday. Yarber, 46, a former player, replaces Richard Mann whose contract was not renewed. He played three seasons in the NFL (1986 – 1988) after the Washington Redskins drafted him in the 12th round of the 1986 draft out of Idaho.
He began his coaching career under Dennis Erickson in 1996 as the Vandals secondary coach. Before brief stints with UNLV in 1997 as receivers coach. In 1998 he followed Erickson to Seattle to become a offensive quality assistant. In 1999 he joined the Oregon State staff as running backs coach before switching to receivers coach in 2000, were he coach for four season from 1999 – 2002 coaching the likes of Chad Johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh who were both drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2000.
Yarber also had stints as a wide receivers coach with several different teams, including the San Francisco 49ers (2003-04), Washington Huskies (2005-06), and Arizona State (2007-09).
In Other News
The most prominent face of the franchise and future Hall of Famer, Derrick Brooks spoke candidly about the Bucs “lack of commitment” with Stephen Holder of the St. Petersburg Times. Brooks who was released shortly after the team jettisoned head coach Jon Gruden and general manager Bruce Allen told Holder the difference is the commitment, in terms of where is the franchise going.
“All the coaches are obviously on one-year deals and the economics of the game of the game (a potential 2011 lockout) forced that hand. But as a franchise, they don’t have a core group of guys who are beyond three or four years. When I was young, they had that. This year, I don’t see that. The guy that was told to be the leader of the defense (linebacker Barrett Ruud), no one showed him any long-term commitment (Ruud’s contract expires this month). How can he really embrace that role? It was hard for Barrett to do that. I fielded a lot of phone calls from guys on the team this year because they missed that presence. You can’t force that. . . Leaders kind of evolve from situations that are not manufactured. I did the best I could just being me, being positive to help the guys through.”