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Tampa Bay makes some personnel changes on the coaching staff, bringing in two with NFL experience to help offense

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers retooled their coaching staff, adding veteran experience with former New York Jets offensive coordinator Paul Hackett and Oakland Raiders assistant Aaron Kromer.

Although Hackett was named quarterbacks coach and Kromer the senior assistant, it creates a logjam on the Bucs offensive coaching staff, especially after Bill Muir was retained as offensive coordinator and head coach Jon Gruden is known as a coach who likes to be the major part of the offensive decision making.

Hackett has been a coach for 35 years, including stints as the head coach at the University of Pittsburgh and University of Southern California

Hackett was criticized for the Jets offensive woes in 2004, but he's led his teams to the NHFL playoffs in seven of his nine seasons as coordinator. Prior to his stint with the Jets, he five years with the Kansas City Chiefs before taking the USC job.


Hackett has coached quarterbacks such as Joe Montana, Rich Gannon and Chad Pennington. Despite the Jets' loss in the AFC playoffs, Pennington had rave reviews of Hackett.

"Three playoff appearances in four years looks good on anyone's resume,'' Pennington said. "Paul has been instrumental in my development. I'll always be thankful for his hard work and the time he spent with me.''

Kromer spent the last four years with the Raiders and was hired there by Gruden in 2001.

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