There was, however, a change in job title for one Tampa Bay defensive coach. Buccaneers defensive line coach Rod Marinelli's future with the Bucs didn't look encouraging. Former Bucs and now Indianapolis head coach Tony Dungy was reportedly interested in offering Marinelli the Colts vacant defensive coordinator position. It would have been difficult for the Bucs to keep Marinelli in Tampa Bay with that kind of opportunity on the table, but on Wednesday, the Buccaneers secured Marinelli's services by promoting him to assistant head coach. Marinelli will still, however, be coaching the team's defensive line.
Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, linebackers coach Joe Barry and defensive backs coach Mike Tomlin will all remain with the team.
"Monte and Rod's leadership and coaching expertise are key strengths of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers," said Gruden. "Joe and Mike are rising stars in this profession and I look forward to working with all of them."
Tampa Bay's defense is the only unit in the National Football League to rank among the Top 10 in total defense in each of the last five seasons and the Buccaneers 1,342 points allowed since 1997 are the fewest in the league.
Final Tampa Bay Defense Rankings
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