Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Bucs lose coordinator Bisaccia, promote Stukes
TAMPA - Though he initially expressed interest in doing so, Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris will not be able to keep his staff of assistant coaches intact for the 2011 season. One of the Bucs' long-standing assistants, associate head coach and special teams coordinator Richard Bisaccia, is leaving the Bucs for a similar post with the San Diego Chargers, Bucs spokesman Jonathan Grella said. Defensive line coach Todd Wash may be out as well as a report in the Minneapolis Star Tribune on Tuesday said the Bucs have offered that post to former Vikings defensive line coach Karl Dunbar. Bucs officials would not comment on Wash's future or the possibility of Dunbar replacing him but they immediately named five-year Bucs coaching veteran Dwayne Stukes their new special teams coach."For the past five years, Coach Stukes has aided in the preparation and the development of our young players,'' Bucs general manager Mark Dominik said in a statement. "He's ready for this opportunity.'' Stukes spent the 2009 and 2010 seasons serving the Bucs as an assistant defensive backs coach. In 2008 he worked under Bisaccia as a special teams quality control coach. He was a coach's assistant in 2006 and 2007. Bisaccia came to the Bucs in 2002 and since then the Bucs' special teams have ranked in the top 10 in the league in several categories. Under Bisaccia the Bucs sent three specialists - punter Josh Bidwell, long snapper Dave Moore and return man Clifton Smith - to the Pro Bowl. Bisaccia and Wash are two of four Bucs assistant coaches whose contracts expired during the offseason. The others are running backs coach Robert Logan and tight ends coach Alfredo Roberts.