Hiring Dave Wannstedt to Coach Special Teams Will be a Mistake for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Former Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator, Dave Wannstedt was hired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but not as a new defensive coordinator but as the Special Teams Coach. This is such a mistake because he was an awful coach for the Bills and he has never coached special teams at the NFL level.

Wannstedt’s ideas and schemes looked much better in the 1990s and early 2000s, but not 2012 or 2013. If he runs the special teams like how he ran the Bills defense this past season, then the Buccaneers are going to be in dire straits for at least the most overlooked part of the NFL game. There are some very good and smart special teams coaches such as Bruce DeHaven, Bobby April, and Joe DeCamillis to name a few, and the Buccaneers should have spent some money on one of these guys instead.

While he did help with the special teams when he was coaching at the college level, but that’s comparing apples to oranges, it’s just not the same at all. The Buccaneers are an average team right now, one or two wrong personnel moves could make this team back in the doldrums rapidly and this could be one of the bad choices. This adds to further speculation that owner Malcolm Glazer sees the Buccaneers as a secondary business as he also owns the Manchester United and that is their big cash cow, and understandably so. Although Glazer isn’t a young guy, he’s 84 years old, so one can only hope his family is helping make more and more day to day operations decision making.

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