Bucs Could Turn To Familiar Face To Fill LBs Coach Role


Bucs inside linebackers coach Mike Caldwell has left Tampa Bay to turn out to be Jacksonville’s defensive coordinator. Who may change him? Head coach Bruce Arians might flip to a well-known face in James Bettcher. He’s presently serving because the 49ers senior defensive assistant/run recreation specialist.Tampa Bay would wish permission from San Francisco interview Bettcher if he’s nonetheless underneath contract.

Bettcher started teaching with Arians in Indianapolis because the Colts outdoors linebackers coach in 2012. He adopted Arians to Arizona to serve in that very same capability from 2013-14.

If the 43-year previous Bettcher is employed, he might coach inside linebackers on the NFL degree for the primary time. Or he might coach outdoors linebackers and Arians might have Larry Foote transfer to the within linebackers unit to interchange Caldwell.

Foote, who coaches the Bucs outdoors linebackers, coached inside linebackers at Arizona from 2015-18. Foote performed linebacker within the NFL for 14 years, spending most of his time in Pittsburgh (2002-08, 2010-13). He completed his profession with the Cardinals enjoying for Arians in 2013.

49ers senior assistant James Bettcher – Photograph by: Cliff Welch/PR

Bettcher was promoted to the Cardinals defensive coordinator place from 2015-17 after Bowles was employed because the Jets head coach. Underneath Bettcher, Arizona had the fifth-ranked complete protection (321.7 yards per recreation) and the seventh-ranked scoring protection (19.6 factors per recreation) in 2015. He helped the Cardinals attain the NFC Championship Recreation. Bettcher’s Cardinals protection remained within the Prime 10 over the subsequent two years.

Bettcher joined the New York Giants after Arians retired in 2018. He served because the defensive coordinator in 2018-19 underneath Pat Shurmur. Bettcher’s defenses ranked close to the underside of the NFL throughout each of these seasons.

One other identify that Arians might contemplate to teach linebackers is Clemson’s new defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Wes Goodwin. The 37-year previous Goodwin simply changed long-time Tigers defensive coordinator Brent Venables.

Goodwin was a defensive assistant underneath Arians from 2015-17 in Arizona. Arians praised Clemson for selling Goodwin.

“Wesley is without doubt one of the finest younger defensive minds I’ve had the chance to work with,” Arians stated. “He was with my employees for 3 years in Arizona and I noticed him develop defensively, and offensively, that complete time. He has a vibrant, vibrant future. One factor is for certain – they’re going to be an attacking sort of protection. And I do know he’s going to do nice issues with this chance.”

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