Texans Hire Bucs Special Teams Coach Joe Marciano

February 7 – The Houston Texans may or may not select Bucs players in their expansion draft on Feb. 18, but on Thursday, Houston reached into Tampa Bay's coaching staff and signed special teams coach Joe Marciano.

The Houston Texans announced on Thursday that they signed former Tampa Bay Buccaneers special teams coach Joe Marciano and he will coach in the same capacity with the Texans.

"We feel very fortunate to land Joe as our special teams coordinator," said Houston Texans head coach Don Capers. "I've always felt that field position and the kicking game are both vital to the success of any team, especially an expansion team starting from scratch."

Marciano coached Tampa Bay's special teams unit from 1996-2001, and he was regarded by some as one of the best in the league.

Under Marciano, Tampa Bay blocked 20 kicks and recorded 10 NFC Special Teams Player of the Week awards during his six seasons.

But Tampa Bay's special teams unit is probably best known for what they have not done. The Buccaneers have never returned a kickoff for a touchdown in a regular season game in franchise history.

Marciano is the fifth Bucs coach to depart Tampa Bay since Tony Dungy was fired on Jan. 14. 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 in Indianapolis as offensive assistants on Jan. 31.

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