Bucs Hire Former Jets Offensive Line Coach Muir

February 5 – Buccaneer Magazine has learned the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hired former New York Jets offensive line coach Bill Muir on Tuesday. While Muir is expected to work under Baltimore defensive coordinator and possible head coach-to-be Marvin Lewis, Tampa Bay is still pursuing Oakland head coach Jon Gruden.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed former New York Jets and longtime National Football League offensive line coach Bill Muir on Tuesday.

Either Baltimore defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis or Oakland head coach Jon Gruden is expected to inherit Muir once Tampa Bay settles on a new head coach.

Muir will replace former offensive line coach Chris Foerster, who left the Buccaneers and joined former Bucs head coach Tony Dungy as the tight ends coach in Indianapolis.

Tampa Bay's offensive line surrendered 45 sacks in 16 games in the 2001 season, and was seen by many as the team's Achilles heal.

Muir has coached the New York Jets offensive line since 1995, and has coached in the same capacity for 20 years.

Muir reportedly exercised an option that allowed him to depart New York and permitted him to search for other job opportunities at the end of the 2001 season.

The clause in Muir's contract was originally put in place to allow him to leave and join Bill Parcells if he came out of retirement. Muir is regarded as one of the best offensive line coaches in the league.

Muir, 59, began his coaching career at his alma mater, Susquehanna, in 1965. Muir then coached at four other colleges, in the Continental Football League and in the World Football League before joining the New England Patriots staff in 1982. Muir coached with New England until 1988 and has also worked in Indianapolis from 1988-1991, Philadelphia (1992-94) and has been with the Jets since 1995.

Keep an eye on Jets LG Kerry Jenkins, who will become a free agent on Mar. 1. With the prospects of Bucs LG Randall McDaniel's return uncertain, Muir and Tampa Bay may make a strong push to obtain Jenkins once free agency begins.

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