In his Football Morning in America column for NBC on Monday, Peter King pointed out an astounding nugget: Bruce Arians’ staff with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers may be the largest in NFL history.
The word “may” is used because no official records are kept for this statistic, but it’s hard to imagine anyone beating the TWENTY-EIGHT coaches working for Arians in Tampa this season.
The Tampa Bay staff will be one of the most diverse in league history, including 11 black coaches — including all three coordinators and the assistant head coach — and two women.
So, how do you fill out a staff of 28 assistants? Well, Arians will have 15 coordinators or position coaches, a 5-man strength staff, five quality control or positional assistant coaches, a 4-man special teams staff (including a devoted specialist coach) and a full-time officiating consultant.
The full staff:
— Bruce Arians, head coach
— Harold Goodwin, assistant head coach/run game coordinator
— Todd Bowles, defensive coordinator
— Byron Leftwich, offensive coordinator
— Keith Armstrong, special teams coordinator
— Tim Atkins, defensive quality control
— Chris Boniol, specialist coach
— Mike Caldwell, inside linebackers
— Mike Chuirco, assistant to the head coach
— Clyde Christensen, quarterbacks
— Rick Christophel, tight ends
— Larry Foote, outside linebackers
— Kevin Garver, wide receivers
— Joe Gilbert, offensive line
— Cody Grimm, defensive/special teams analyst
— Maral Javadifar, assistant strength & conditioning
— Amos Jones, assistant special teams
— Roger Kingdom, strength & conditioning
— Lori Locust, assistant defensive line
— Todd McNair, running backs
— Anthony Piroli, head strength & conditioning coach
— Antwaan Randle El, offensive assistant
— Nick Rapone, safeties
— Kacy Rogers, defensive line
— Larry Rose, officiating consultant
— Kevin Ross, cornerbacks
— Michael Stacchiotti, assistant strength & conditioning
— John Van Dam, offensive quality control
— Chad Wade, assistant strength & conditioning
And this, of course, does not include any personnel or scouting employees, of which there are dozens. All this to build and develop a 53-man roster, and a 45-man game day roster.