Casullo set to leave for Tampa Bay

The special teams coaching position is typically one of the biggest revolving doors on a coaching staff. Seattle has had its share of coaches come and go at the position and this year is no different as the St. Petersburg Times is reporting that Tampa Bay head coach Jon Gruden has hired Seahawks special teams coach Bob Casullo to coach the Buccaneer tight ends.

Casullo worked for Gruden when both were with the Oakland Raiders and then coached tight ends for one season with the New York Jets before beginning his two-year stint with the Seahawks. His contract was to expire at the end of January and he is expected to be announced as Tampa Bay's new tight ends coach this afternoon.

Casullo will accompany the Buccaneer coaching staff to the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama on Sunday.

The Buccaneers had an opening after former tight ends coach Ron Middleton left last week to accept a position at the University of Alabama.

In his two years with Seattle, Casullo's units improved on punt-return average from 5.7 to 8.7 between from the 2005 season to this past season. However, opponents averaged more than 2 yards more per kickoff return than the Seahawks in 2006, and Seattle ranked 27th in the NFL in yards allowed per kickoff return.

No candidates were named for Casullo's vacated position. Stay tuned to Seahawks.NET for further details on this developing story.


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