January 19, 2016 - Aaron Wilson
Buccaneers hire Nate Kaczor, Jay Hayes, Mark Duffner, Jon Hoke
Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter hired special teams coordinator Nate Kaczor, defensive line coach Jay Hayes, linebackers Coach Mark Duffner and defensive Backs Coach Jon Hoke. The Buccaneers previously hired Mike Smith as defensive coordinator. Kaczor spent the last three seasons coordinating special teams for the Tennessee Titans after serving one season (2012) as the team's assistant offensive line coach. From 2008-11, Kaczor and Koetter were on the same Jaguars staff, the former as the offensive coordinator and the latter as the assistant special teams coach. Hayes, who played defensive end in the short-lived USFL in the mid-'80s, has been coaching in the NFL since 1999, including the last 13 as a the defensive line coach for the Cincinnati Bengals. Hayes joined Marvin Lewis's initial staff in Cincinnati in 2003 after one year with the Minnesota Vikings and three with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He coached special teams in those first two NFL stops. Duffner is joining his fifth NFL team but he won't have to leave his home state of the last decade. He comes to the Bucs directly from the Miami Dolphins, where he was the linebackers coach for the past two seasons under Joe Philbin and Dan Campbell. Prior to that, he held the same position for eight seasons in Jacksonville (2006-13), overlapping with Koetter for five years. Duffner's first two NFL stops were in Cincinnati (1997-2002) and Green Bay (2003-05), also as the linebackers coach, though he added the title of defensive coordinator for his last two years in Cincinnati under Dick LeBeau. Duffner began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Ohio State in 1975 and moved quickly up the ranks. He was the defensive coordinator at the University of Cincinnati by 1977, a position he held for four years before moving on to the same job at Holy Cross in 1981. In 1986, he was elevated to head coach at Holy Cross, beginning an extremely successful six-year run at the helm. His Crusaders went 60-5-1 under his guidance and won five Patriot League titles. That led to the head coaching position at Maryland, which he held from 1992-96. Follow me on Twitter: @AaronWilson_NFL Aaron Wilson covers the Texans for The Houston Chronicle.