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Rich Bisaccia has been hired to replace Steve Crosby

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  1. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    Richard Bisaccia is in his ninth season in 2010 leading the Buccaneers special teams unit and his second as associate head coach/special teams coordinator. In his eight seasons on the Tampa Bay sideline, the Buccaneers special teams unit has had its most successful stretch in team history while consistently ranking as one of the top units in the NFL.

    Since 2002, Bisaccia’s first year with the Buccaneers, the special teams unit ranks in the Top 10 in the NFL in several categories including; opponent kickoff return average (fifth), fewest kickoff and punt returns surrendered for touchdowns (tied for third), kickoff return average (fifth), team gross punting average (seventh), punts placed inside the 20-yard line (tied for sixth) and blocked field goals (fifth).

    Since 2005, the Buccaneers have sent three special teams players to the Pro Bowl: P Josh Bidwell (2005), LS Dave Moore (2006) and KR Clifton Smith (2008) after sending just one in team history prior to that (K Martin Gramatica in 2000). Additionally, a Buccaneer has garnered NFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors 13 times and NFC Special Teams Player of the Month honors four times under Bisaccia.

    There have also been numerous Buccaneers single-season records broken under the direction of Bisaccia including: most points scored (131, Matt Bryant-2008), most points placekicking (131, Bryant-2008), most field goals (32, Bryant–2008, Martin Gramatica-2002), most punting yards (4,101, Josh Bidwell-2005), best gross punting average (45.57, Bidwell-2005), most punts inside the 20 (30, Bidwell-2007), best kickoff return average (29.5, Sammie Stroughter-2009), most return touchdowns (7-2008) and most kickoff return yards (1,630-2009). Perhaps most impressively, the top five single-season kickoff return averages in team history have all come under Bisaccia.

    Additionally, there have been a number of single-game records bested during his tenure including: most field goals (5, Gramatica-12/29/02), most 50-plus yard field goals (3, Connor Barth-11/15/09), longest field goal made (62, Bryant-10/22/06), best gross punting average (52.0, Tom Tupa-12/7/03), most total return yards (259, Clifton Smith-11/2/08) and longest kickoff return (97t, Stroughter-10/18/09; C. Smith-11/2/08).

    The distinction of Bisaccia’s unit has been highlighted by big plays and notable moments during his tenure. In the Buccaneers first 497 games they had zero kickoff returns for touchdowns, in the last 35 games they have recorded three. The Buccaneers are also the only team in the NFL with a kickoff and punt return for a touchdown in each of the last two seasons (2008-09). In the last eight seasons, Tampa Bay has totaled three kickoff returns for touchdowns, four punt returns for touchdowns, 10 blocked field goals, five blocked punts, six punt deflections, three blocked PATs and three onside kickoff recoveries.

    The play of the special teams unit was undoubtedly the backbone of the Buccaneers during the 2009 season. For the first time in team history, Tampa Bay led the NFL in kickoff return average (26.3 avg.) while ranking second in the league in opponent kickoff return average (19.1 avg.). The Buccaneers’ six blocked kicks on the season led the NFL and were the second-highest single season total in team history. The special teams unit was equally adept in the punt game last season, ranking fourth in the NFL in punt return average (11.6 avg.) and sixth in the NFC in opponent punt return average (8.2 avg.).

    Bisaccia’s men were also no strangers to the end zone in 2009 as the special teams unit accounted for three touchdowns; a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Stroughter against Carolina, a blocked punt by LB Geno Hayes against Green Bay, which CB Ronde Barber returned 31 yards for a touchdown, and a 77-yard punt return for a touchdown by WR Micheal Spurlock at New Orleans. Such spectacular individual efforts helped the Buccaneers to become the first team in NFL history to have three different return specialists win Player of the Week honors in the same season (Smith, Stroughter and Spurlock). Stroughter and Smith finished the 2009 season with kickoff return averages of 29.5 and 29.1 respectively, the two best individual single-season kickoff return averages in team history.

    After shuffling kickers to begin the 2009 season, the team settled on K Connor Barth and he immediately paid dividends. In the Week 10 contest at Miami, just his second game with the team, Barth tied an NFL record by hitting three field goals of 50 or more yards. His 54-yard effort against the Dolphins tied for the fifth-longest field goal in team history.

    Under the direction of Bisaccia, Bidwell has become the best punter in Buccaneers history during his six seasons (2004-09). Despite missing the 2009 season because of injury, he already owns team records for gross punting average (44.0), net punting average (37.2), punts inside the 20-yard line (124), most punts (419) and punting yardage (18,426). He also owns four of the top five best single-season gross punting averages in team history (2005-08), five of the top 10 best single-season net averages (2004-08) and four of the top 10 single seasons for most punts placed inside the 20 (2004-05, 2007-08).

    The former Buc Bryant had an equally impressive four seasons (2005-08) under Bisaccia, ranking first in team history for highest field goal percentage (.831), third in most made field goals (98) and tied for fourth in points (416). The 2007-08 seasons were the best of Bryant’s career, setting new career highs in 2007 in field goals made and attempted, extra points made and attempted and total points, only to surpass those totals with a Pro Bowl caliber campaign in 2008.

    The 2008 season was highlighted by rookie return man Smith, who joined the Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent and didn’t play in a game until Week 8 at Dallas. He became the first Buccaneer selected to the Pro Bowl as a kick returner. He was the second rookie in team history to make the annual all-star game and just the third player in the NFL since 1970 to be selected to the Pro Bowl in the same year they entered the league as an undrafted free agent. Smith was also the only Buccaneer to earn All-Pro honors, garnering second-team recognition. Smith was the only player in the NFL in 2008 and only player in Buccaneers history at the time to return a punt and a kickoff for a touchdown. Smith ranked fifth in the NFL and second in the NFC with a 27.6-yard kickoff-return average while ranking second in the NFL and first in the NFC with a 14.1-yard punt-return average. He was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week in Week 9 after setting a franchise record with 257 return yards at Kansas City, including a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Smith also earned NFC Special Teams Player of the Month honors in November.

    The 2008 season was Bisaccia’s lone season in charge of the running backs. Despite losing starting RB Earnest Graham to injury for the season in Week 11, the Buccaneers had two runners rush for over 500 yards on the season and average an impressive 4.07-yards per carry, the fifth-best average in team history. Additionally, the Tampa Bay ground game churned out 114.8 yards per game, the ninth-best average in franchise annals.

    RB Warrick Dunn, who re-joined the Buccaneers after six seasons in Atlanta, took over the starting role when Graham went down and finished the season with 786 yards on 186 carries (4.2 avg.) to lead the team while posting two touchdowns. Dunn also ranked tied for second on the team with 47 receptions for 330 yards. In his first season with Bisaccia, Dunn became just the sixth player in NFL history to record 10,000 rushing yards and 500 receptions in his career when he posted the 500th catch of his career in Week 15 at Atlanta.

    The aforementioned Graham, who was coming off the best season of his career in 2007, was on pace to surpass the 1,000-yard rushing plateau for the first time in his career in 2008 before his season ended. Graham finished with 563 yards on 132 carries (4.3 avg.) with a team-high tying four rushing touchdowns.

    Under the direction of Bisaccia in 2007, the Buccaneers ranked 12th-best in the NFL in kickoff return average (23.3 avg.), seventh-best in punt return coverage (7.4 avg.) and second-best in kickoff return coverage (19.5 avg.). The special teams unit also made history as Spurlock ran 90 yards for the first-ever kickoff return touchdown in Bucs history.

    In 2007, Bryant had a then career-high 118 points, sixth in the NFC and tied for 10th in the NFL, ranking third in team history for points in a single season, connecting on a then career-high 28 field goals on 33 attempts and was 34-of-34 on PATs. He made his then sixth-career game-winning field goal, a 43-yarder, in Week 5 against Tennessee and was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Month in December by connecting on 10-of-11 field goal attempts while hitting a season-long 49-yard field goal and converting all 12 PATs.

    Bidwell punted 77 times for 3,382 yards (43.9 avg.) and matched a franchise record for most punts inside the opponents 20-yard line with 30 in 2007. WR Mark Jones also set a then Buccaneers single-season record for kickoff return average (28.6 avg.) in 2007.

    In 2006, Bryant continued to be a consistent scoring threat for the Buccaneers and authored one of the most exciting finishes to a game in NFL history. In a Week 7 contest against the Philadelphia Eagles, Bryant connected on a 62-yard, game-winning field goal as time expired while garnering NFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors. It was the second-longest game-winning field goal in NFL history and the third-longest field goal overall. Bryant also connected on 11 consecutive field goal attempts during the season. Additionally, the Bucs kickoff coverage unit excelled in 2006, ranking first in the NFL in lowest opponent kickoff return average (18.4 avg.).

    For the second consecutive season in 2006, a member of Bisaccia’s unit was sent to the Pro Bowl. Moore was added to the NFC Pro Bowl roster as a need player to handle the long snapping chores in the all-star game, marking the first time in team history a Buccaneers special teamer was named to the Pro Bowl in consecutive seasons. Additionally, CB Torrie Cox was named as the first alternate as the NFC special teams player and earned USA Today All-Joe Team honors. Cox, who excelled on the punt and kickoff coverage units while also sharing the kickoff return duties, finished the 2006 season ranked tied for first on the team with 20 special teams tackles.

    In his third season under Bisaccia in 2006, Bidwell was again a steady performer for the Buccaneers. His 52.3-yard average against Seattle in Week 17 was his highest single-game gross average as a member of the Buccaneers and the third highest of his career. Additionally, his 43.5 average in 2006 was the then second highest of his career.

    In his second year with the Buccaneers under Bisaccia in 2005, Bidwell was named to his first Pro Bowl and earned second-team Associated Press All-Pro honors while ranking third in the NFL and first in the NFC with a career-best 45.6-yard average. His 45.6-yard gross average in 2005 still ranks as the best single-season average in team history. Bidwell also garnered NFC Special Teams Player of the Month honors in November and NFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors in Week 3 and Week 6. Bidwell placed 24 punts inside the 20-yard line in 2005, then the second-highest total of his career, to rank fifth in the NFC and tied for fifth all-time in team history. Against Miami in Week 6, Bidwell placed a single-game career-high five punts inside the 20-yard line.

    Bryant also flourished in his first season under Bisaccia in 2005, connecting on 21-of-25 (.840) field goal attempts, including two game-winners (at Atlanta and vs. Atlanta), while connecting on a then career-long 50-yard field goal. His .840 field goal percentage was the then third-highest single-season percentage in team history. Jones ranked fourth in the NFC in punt return average, returning a conference-leading 51 punts for 492 yards (9.6 avg.).

    Bisaccia’s unit challenged several team and individual records in 2004, including best kickoff return average, most kickoff return yardage, most punts inside the 20-yard line and highest net and gross punting averages. Bidwell placed 23 punts inside the 20 to rank, at the time, tied for fifth in team history and tied for eighth in the NFC. Cox recorded an impressive 26.2-yard kickoff return average to finish fourth in the NFL and second in team history for a single season. Additionally, the 24.2-yard team kickoff return average in 2004 was at the time tops in Buccaneers history and ranked fourth in the NFL, while the 1,450 total kickoff return yards were at the time second-best all-time in team annals. LB Keith Burns led the team with 23 special teams tackles while earning Buccaneers special teams MVP and USA Today All-Joe Team honors.

    In his first season with Bisaccia in 2004, Bidwell posted a 42.3-yard average, then the second-highest average of his career, to rank eighth in the NFC and, at the time, seventh-best in team history. Bidwell also tied or established new single-game career highs in net punting average (44.3 avg. at St. Louis), gross punting yards (371 yards vs. Seattle) and punts placed inside the 20 (four vs. Denver) which he topped in 2005.

    The Buccaneers special teams enjoyed success throughout the 2002 season and proved vital in the franchise’s first-ever Super Bowl title. Buccaneers career scoring leader, Gramatica, hit 32-of-39 (.821) field attempts in 2002, including 5-of-6 from 50 or more yards while also hitting all 32 of his PATs. Gramatica tied for the NFC lead with a career-high 32 field goals, while his 39 field goal attempts and 128 points in 2002 were new club single-season records. Additionally, his five field goals from over 50 yards were tied for the league lead with Paul Edinger of the Chicago Bears. P Tom Tupa’s 42.8-yard average ranked fourth in the NFC and he set a team single-season record with 30 punts placed inside the 20. He also set a Buccaneers single-game record for gross punting average (52.0) in a game at New Orleans.

    Bisaccia joined the Buccaneers in 2002 after spending three seasons (1999-2001) at the University of Mississippi. Bisaccia was assistant head coach in 2000 and 2001, while also serving as the running backs coach and special teams coordinator throughout his three seasons at Ole Miss.

    Bisaccia tutored All-SEC performers RB Deuce McAllister, RB Joe Gunn and K Les Binkley during his tenure. Ole Miss also excelled in special teams under Bisaccia, with Binkley setting a single-season scoring mark for a kicker. In 2000, the Rebels returned both a kickoff and a punt for a touchdown, and the 2001 unit led the conference and ranked 12th in the nation in kickoff returns with a 24.4-yard average. Jason Armstead finished second in the SEC and ninth nationally with a 27.6-yard average on kickoff returns in 2001.

    McAllister, who was chosen in the first round of the 2001 NFL Draft by New Orleans, established 18 school records in his career. He ended his career with a team-record 3,060 yards rushing and was named all-conference in both 1999 and 2000. McAllister was also selected to the All-SEC team as either an all-purpose player or a punt returner during his final two seasons. In 1999, both McAllister and Gunn earned first-team All-SEC recognition as they formed one of the top rushing tandems in the nation, combining for more than 1,700 rushing yards. Gunn closed his career in 2001 second to McAllister in rushing yards with 2,749.

    Prior to his stint at Ole Miss, Bisaccia spent five seasons (1994-1998) as the running backs coach, special teams coordinator and recruiting coordinator at Clemson. Under his tutelage, the Tigers set a school record with eight blocked kicks in 1997, and were the only team in the nation to have four players ranked in the Top 25 in four special teams categories in 1995. Bisaccia also coached three-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference running back Raymond Priester, who set 18 school rushing records. Over the three-year period from 1995-1997, Clemson had 15 blocked kicks, the most-ever for a three-year span in school history. In addition, Tony Horne ended his Tiger career ranked sixth in career kickoff return yardage and 16th in punt return yardage.

    Bisaccia served on the coaching staff at South Carolina from 1988-1993, beginning as a graduate assistant for tight ends and receivers. He also served as a volunteer assistant coach for defensive ends. Bisaccia took over as an assistant coach in charge of running backs and special teams in 1992 and 1993. Under Bisaccia, the Gamecocks led the SEC in kickoff returns in 1992. South Carolina also had a pair of All-SEC running backs in Brandon Bennett and Rob DeBoer.

    Bisaccia began his coaching career in 1983 at Wayne State College in Nebraska, coaching defensive backs and special teams. He switched to the offensive side of the ball in 1984, tutoring quarterbacks and receivers for the next four seasons (1984-1987) in Wayne State’s run-and-shoot offense.

    Bisaccia, a native of Yonkers, N.Y., attended Yankton College in South Dakota from 1979-1982 and was a four-year starter at defensive back. He served as the team captain in 1982 and earned All-South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference honors in 1981 and 1982. Bisaccia was a free agent signee with the Philadelphia Stars of the USFL in 1983. He received a bachelor of science degree in physical education from Wayne State (Nebraska). Bisaccia grew up in Connecticut and graduated from New Fairfield High School in 1979.

    Prior to the 2002 season, Bisaccia participated in the “Bucs on the Beach” volleyball tournament, in which all proceeds went to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Glazer Family Foundation. Bisaccia was also involved with the first-ever “Buccaneers Coaching Academy” in 2002. The hands-on clinic for area high school coaches focused on several essential areas of football knowledge and player development. During the 2003 and 2004 offseasons, he also lent his coaching knowledge to “NFL 101,” a program that educates women on the terminology, formations, strategy and basics of football.

    Bisaccia is married to the former Jeanne Jons and the couple has four children: Michele, Elizabeth, Madeline and Richie. Jeanne has been an active member of the Buccaneers Women’s Organization, participating in the Metropolitan Ministries’ Holiday Tent, the Buccaneer Wives Holiday Fashion Show, the Fall Festival and the 2005 Buccaneers Family Cookbook.

    BISACCIA AT A GLANCE

    •1979-82…Yankton College, player
    •1983…Philadelphia Stars (USFL), player
    •1983…Wayne State, Defensive Backs/Special Teams Coach
    •1984-87…Wayne State, Quarterbacks/Receivers Coach
    •1988…South Carolina, Graduate Assistant/Tight Ends and Wide Receivers
    •1989-90…South Carolina, Volunteer Assistant/Defensive Ends/Special Teams
    •1991…South Carolina, Volunteer Assistant/Tight Ends/Special Teams
    •1992-93…South Carolina, Running Backs/Special Teams Coordinator
    •1994-98…Clemson, Running Backs Coach/ Special Teams Coordinator/Recruiting Coordinator
    •1999…Mississippi, Running Backs Coach/Special Teams Coordinator
    •2000-01…Mississippi, Assistant Head Coach/Running Backs Coach/Special Teams Coordinator
    •2002-05…Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Special Teams Coach
    •2006-07…Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Special Teams Coordinator
    •2008…Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Associate Head Coach/Special Teams and Running Backs
    •2009-10…Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Associate Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Richard Bisaccia
     
  2. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    Tampa was tied for 7th in kick returns.
    24th in punting
    26th in kicking...

    I am not sure how their ST racked up, but the stats are not over whelming. Over all they ranked 18th. I guess that is an improvement as we ranked 32nd...
     
  3. CoronaDoug

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    No excuses now. Next season is on the players.
     
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  5. scratchnz

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    If thats true...we are probably in for the same result! hehe lol
     
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    I hope we draft some snot knockers that want to play special teams
     
  7. ThunderHorse17

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    I like it. We cant really expect to find a ST coach better than 18th. Also the sooner these Coaches are locked up the better. Id hate to have to endure another Marty/Norv moment/debacle.
     
  8. Aggieman

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    It was good read but I'm not convinced. Special Teams was just an all-around mess.
     
  9. Dublin Bolt

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    When I heard this hire I immediately had the following thought - 'wasn't it the Bucs who had not had a kick or punt returned for a TD in something like 7 yrs?'. Having said that at least it happened quite quickly, now for the DC position, no hanging around Norv, git her done.
     
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    Something like that, but it was not until 2007 that there was no kickoff return for touchdown in the history of Tampa Bay. After that, it looks like pretty much normal for a team, so you can say that in Bisaccia's time on the team, it took about 7 years to return a kickoff for TD. However Tampa Bay won the Super Bown in 2003, and before Bisaccia's time, apparently the special teams were horrible.

    Nothing but up for the Chargers with the 'worst special teams in history' for 2011.
     
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    Put some good STers on the roster and we'll see a marked improvement
     
  12. Concudan

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    It is more than good players Ant. You should know that. It is teaching fundamentals, pracicing the blocking schemes and ensuring the players execute.

    Crosby had several years with Marty where we called for his head regularly. Then something happened and the ST became a strength. I dont know if he cant relate or connect with young, new players, or it was all mental mistakes but he and the ST digressed, that is not arguable.

    When I saw this guy hired, and looked at the stats I thought "Meh, no big deal, not a world breaker." But since it has come out that he is an excellent teacher and communicator, and I think that is what was needed most. Of course this is a completely blind assessment.
     
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    Anybody is better than Crosby. I don't think his sorry *** has been hired anywhere. This new guy doesn't have too much to prove. 18th would have helped them eek out a couple of extra wins.
     
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    We had Binn as a good team leader, with sciefers, and Osgood leading and taking double teams. Then we picked up players who excelled on Special teams and played them in college.

    This last year we lost Binn and Osgood. We had half our good players stop playing STs and started on defense and offense instead. Such as Tolbert and Applewhite. We lost Dobbins a top ST tackler. We replaced them with guys that rarely if ever played STs in college. All Without two vocal leaders in Binn and Osgood.

    That was the problem.
     
  15. Concudan

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    I agree, but we cant expect to always have those players. Applewhite still played ST, but he had the two missed blocks that led to the blocked punts in the same game.
     
  16. Zeus

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    I agree. Part of it has to do with the fact he had to play so much on defense.

    In regards to my post it was also why we had success. I say the players brought more than Crosby. That is why he did poorly until we had these two leaders plus the talent. Our players made Crosby look good, more than the other way around.

    I think having veteran players who lead the locker room and the game are as important as having a good coaching staff. Good teams have team leaders.
     
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    I can agree with that. I think a lot of the issue was that these young men were focusing so hard on not making mistakes that they made more.
     
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    Getting rid of players like Osgood, Binn and Dobbins definitely hurt. And the guys that replaced them played horribly even some ST vets like Applewhite. They all contracted "horribleplayitis" I guess. A new experienced ST coach would breath some new life into the worst unit in the NFL. It's def on the players now I agree. No excuses! :mad:
     
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    and on AJ for not getting the right players
     

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