Dungy Hires Four Bucs Offensive Assistants

January 31 – Indianapolis head coach Tony Dungy named his offensive staff on Thursday, and some of the names will sound familiar to Tampa Bay fans. Bucs offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen, offensive line coach Chris Foerster, quarterbacks coach Jim Caldwell and tight ends coach Ricky Thomas were all hired by Dungy as offensive assistants.

All of Tampa Bay's offensive staff members have one-year remaining on their contracts, but that didn't stop ex-Bucs and new Colts head coach Tony Dungy from hiring four of them on Tuesday. Tampa Bay's new head coach, who is expected to be named sometime next week, will fill those vacancies once he is hired.

Joining the Colts as new assistant coaches are Jim Caldwell, Clyde Christensen, Chris Foerster and Ricky Thomas

Foerster will coach Indianapolis' tight ends. Foerster coached the tight ends position with the Minnesota Vikings in 1995, and coached Dungy's offensive line from 1996-2001.

Thomas, who served as the Buccaneers' tight ends coach from 1999-2001, will be a quality control coach with the Colts.

Christensen was Tampa Bay's offensive coordinator last season and has coached with the Bucs under Dungy since 1996. He will be Indianapolis' wide receivers coach.

Caldwell, who left his head-coaching position at Wake Forest University to join Tampa Bay in the offseason, will now coach the Colts' quarterbacks.

Dungy was reportedly interested in luring some of Tampa Bay's defensive staff members to Indianapolis, but the Glazers and Bucs general manager Rich McKay denied the Colts that opportunity.


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