Originally written on The Bay Cave  |  Last updated 1/11/13

The Bucs are not only lacking depth in the secondary, they are now lacking a secondary coach. Today, the University of South Florida has announced they hired Buccaneers’ defensive backs coach Ron Cooper as their secondary coach and will serve as assistant head coach as well.  Tampa Bay was on pace to give up the most passing yards in NFL history in 2012. They allowed 4,758 yards through the air and allowed a 65% completion percentage. While a lot can add up to the previously mentioned statistics (quarterback pressure, linebacker coverage, scheme, etc.), there is no debate that the Buccaneers secondary was exposed. Injuries, the suspension/trade of Aqib Talib, and suspension of Eric Wright certainly did not help. Cooper joins new USF head coach Willie Taggart on the sidelines with 30 years of coaching experience. He coached LSU’s defensive backfield to be a top secondary in college football from 2009-2011 before joining the Bucs in 2012. Justin Pawlowski of 98.7 The Fan was first with the news via Twitter. The post Bucs lose defensive backs coach to USF appeared first on The Bay Cave.

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