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    Good Bye Teddy!!

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    I'm going to repost some of the stuff I have already found on Tomlin since it's now official:

    More info on Tomlin:

    Mike Tomlin enters his fifth season with the Buccaneers as the defensive backs coach. During his four-year tenure, the Buccaneers defense has ranked in the top five in the NFL in total defense three times while ranking in the top five in pass defense all four seasons, including number one rankings in 2002 and 2004. In 2002, Tomlin’s top-ranked secondary recorded four of Tampa Bay’s five INTs, returning two for TDs, in Super Bowl XXXVII as his unit helped lead Tampa Bay to its first world championship.

    Tomlin’s defensive backs turned in a dominating performance in 2004, leading the defense to final rankings of fifth in total defense (284.5 ypg) and first in pass defense (123.3 ypg), marking the eighth consecutive season (1997-2004) it has ranked among the league’s top 10 in total defense, the longest current streak in the league. Tomlin’s men have also been adept at limiting the success of quarterbacks, as illustrated by the efficiency ratings posted by opposing signal callers the past three seasons; 48.1 rating (tops in the NFL) in 2002, 69.4 rating (sixth in the NFL) in 2003 and a 77.2 rating (11th in the NFL) in 2004.

    Eighth-year CB Ronde Barber was again the catalyst of the Buccaneers secondary as he was named to his second career Pro Bowl in 2004, leading the defensive backs and ranking fourth on the team with 111 tackles. His 111 stops tied a career high while also tying his own team record for most tackles in a season by a cornerback. Additionally, Barber led the team in tackles for loss (nine) for the second consecutive season. He also ranked tied for second on the team with three INTs, third with 12 passes defensed and sixth with 3.0 sacks. Barber was the only Buccaneer defender to record a statistic in every defensive category in 2004, accomplishing the feat for the second consecutive season and fourth time in his career. The defensive leader also chipped in two TDs on fumble returns last season, raising his career regular season TD total to seven, good for first place in team history for most career touchdowns by a defensive player.

    In addition to Barber’s outstanding play, the dominance displayed by Tomlin’s secondary in 2004 can be attributed to the return of CB Brian Kelly, who missed the majority of the 2003 campaign because of injury. Like Barber, Kelly started all 16 games at cornerback last season, ranking tied for second in the NFL with a team-leading 22 passes defensed. Kelly also led the team and ranked tied for 10th in the NFC with four INTs. Additionally, his 13 INTs the past three years rank tied for eighth in the NFL.

    While Tomlin’s cornerbacks enjoyed a relatively healthy 2004, his safeties were not as fortunate, specifically S Jermaine Phillips, who began last season as the starting free safety. In his third season, and first as an established starter, Phillips displayed outstanding speed and a physical presence in his first nine starts before sustaining a left forearm fracture that landed him on injured reserve. However, before his departure, Phillips recorded 71 tackles, one INT, one pass defensed and one sack. At the strong safety position, Dwight Smith started in all 16 games and surpassed the 100-tackle plateau for the first time in his career, ranking fifth on the team with a career-high 104 tackles. He also led the team with four forced fumbles and ranked second with a career-high 14 passes defensed in 2004.

    Rounding out the secondary and filling in for Phillips were safeties Will Allen, Dexter Jackson and John Howell. Allen, a rookie out of Ohio State, saw the majority of his action on special teams, totaling eight special teams tackles and one forced fumble. Allen also recorded one interception on defense. Jackson, MVP of Super Bowl XXXVII for the Buccaneers, returned to Tampa prior to the Week 11 contest to appear in six games with one start, totaling 25 tackles, one forced fumble and one pass defensed. Howell saw the majority of action at free safety following the injury to Phillips, appearing in 16 games with six starts. Howell finished the season with 17 tackles and one pass defensed while ranking second on the team with 19 special teams tackles. Additionally, the Buccaneers defense has often depended on the consistent play of a fifth defensive back for its continued success, and last season was no exception. Filling the role of the nickel back in 2004 was veteran CB Mario Edwards and second-year corner Torrie Cox, who also doubled as the team’s primary kickoff returner. Cox recorded his first career INT in 2004, returning it for a TD against San Francisco.

    Despite several starters missing time because of injury, Tomlin’s defensive backs again formed one of the league’s top secondary units in the NFL in 2003. The unit helped the Buccaneers defense finish fifth in total defense (279.1 ypg) and third in passing defense (169.1 ypg).

    Exhibiting unmatched toughness, Barber was once again Tomlin’s top performer in the defensive backfield in 2003. Starting all 16 games for the fourth consecutive year, Barber led the secondary and finished second on the team with a career-high 111 tackles. His 111 tackles were the most in team history for a cornerback, surpassing CB Jeris White’s 103 tackles in 1978. Barber was one of only two Buccaneers (DE Simeon Rice) to record a statistic in every defensive category in 2003, finishing with two INTs, nine passes defensed, two forced fumbles, 1.5 sacks, one fumble recovery and a team-leading five tackles for loss.

    Perhaps the most significant injury of the Buccaneers 2003 injury-riddled campaign was the loss of Kelly. Tomlin was forced to make due without the team’s 2002 interception leader when he was placed on injured reserve after five games with a left pectoral strain. In his stead, Tomlin utilized a variety of starting lineups, though second-year CB Tim Wansley took the majority of Kelly’s snaps in the starter’s role. Wansley performed admirably as he appeared in 12 games with six starts in 2003 before he too was placed on injured reserve with a left hamstring strain following the Week 13 contest. In his 12 games, Wansley posted the first two INTs of his career (tied for second on the team), returning one for his first career touchdown.

    Undoubtedly the most versatile of Tomlin’s pupils was CB/S Smith. Smith, who was slated to start at free safety in 2003 after spending his first two seasons at CB, was invaluable to the Buccaneers defense as he saw action at every position in the defensive backfield. Starting all 16 games (nine at FS, six at CB and one at SS), he led the team with a career-high five INTs and ranked fifth with 85 tackles despite the consistent shuffling of positions. SS John Lynch was also a victim of the injury bug in 2003, suffering from a right shoulder stinger most of the season. Though he missed two full games because of the injury, the defensive stalwart still amassed 95 tackles to rank fourth on the team and ranked tied for second with two interceptions.

    Tomlin also spent considerable time grooming promising second-year S Phillips in 2003. A valuable special teams player who was the only rookie to appear in all 16 games in 2002, Phillips helped to offset the plague of injuries by appearing in 14 games with seven starts at free safety and one at strong safety. Phillips, who also missed two games with a fractured right forearm, finished with 49 tackles, three forced fumbles, one INT and three passes defensed.

    In 2002, Tomlin directed one of the most productive secondary units in the NFL, culminating with its performance in Super Bowl XXXVII. In helping capture the club’s first Super Bowl title, the unit recorded four of Rich Gannon’s five interceptions, returning two for touchdowns. Jackson’s two first-half INTs garnered him Super Bowl MVP honors while Smith returned his two INTs for touchdowns to set a Super Bowl record.

    Tomlin’s secondary led a defensive unit that ranked first in the NFL in pass defense in 2002, surrendering only 155.6 yards per game through the air. The defense led the league with 31 interceptions in 2002 and Tomlin’s unit was instrumental in limiting opposing quarterbacks to a 48.4 rating and just 10 TD passes. Under Tomlin’s direction, Barber continued to evolve into one of the premier corners in the NFL. Following a 2001 Pro Bowl appearance, Barber earned AP All-Pro Second Team honors in 2002 as he finished second in the secondary and fourth on the team with 95 tackles. He also finished second on the team with 21 passes defensed and posted two INTs and 3.0 sacks in 2002. In his first full season as a starting cornerback, Kelly tied for first in the NFL with a career-high eight INTs. Kelly notched a career-high and team-best 23 passes defensed in 2002, while also recording a career-high in tackles (78). As the leader of the secondary, Lynch made his fifth Pro Bowl appearance in 2002 and was named to the All-Pro team for the fourth consecutive season. Lynch recorded three INTs in 2002 and ranked third on the team with 96 tackles. Under Tomlin’s direction, Jackson was named Super Bowl XXXVII MVP after posting two interceptions in the victory over Oakland. Second-year CB Smith had a breakout season as the team’s nickel back. While only making two starts, Smith ranked third on the team with four INTs. He also excelled on special teams by posting 20 special teams tackles, ranking second on the team.

    Since joining Tampa Bay prior to the 2001 season, Tomlin has stressed the importance of fundamentals and techniques and the Buccaneers’ defensive unit responded by finishing fifth in the NFL in pass defense in 2001 and second in the NFL with 28 interceptions, 23 of which came courtesy of Tomlin’s secondary unit. Under Tomlin’s direction, Barber earned his first Pro Bowl selection after tying for the NFL lead with a career-high 10 interceptions and Lynch secured his fourth trip to the annual All-Star game after eclipsing the 100-tackle plateau for the sixth straight season.

    Tomlin joined the Buccaneers after serving two seasons as the defensive backs coach at the University of Cincinnati (1999-00). At Cincinnati, Tomlin took over a secondary unit that ranked 111th in the nation in pass efficiency defense in 1998 and helped improve them to 61st overall in 1999. In 2000 under Tomlin’s guidance, the Bearcats ranked eighth in the nation in interceptions, as well as fourth nationally in total turnovers. Prior to joining the Bearcats, Tomlin had a short stint on the coaching staff at Tennessee-Martin and then spent two seasons with Arkansas State, coaching the wide receivers in 1997 and switching to defensive backs in 1998. Tomlin spent the 1996 season as a graduate assistant at the University of Memphis, working with the Tiger defensive backs and special teams units. In 1995, Tomlin began his coaching career as wide receivers coach at the Virginia Military Institute.

    Tomlin, a three-year starter at William & Mary, concluded his playing career with 101 receptions for 2,046 yards and a school-record 20 touchdown catches. A first-team All-Yankee Conference selection in 1994, Tomlin established a school-record with a 20.2 yards per catch average.

    Tomlin joined several other Buccaneers coaches to host the High School Coaching Academy during the 2004 offseason in conjunction with the National Football Foundation. The academy is a one day, hands-on clinic designed to elevate the quality of football coaching at the high school level.

    Prior to 2002, the Buccaneers defensive backs coach participated in the “Bucs on the Beach� volleyball tournament, sponsored by Checkers, in which all proceeds went to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Glazer Family Foundation. In 2002 and 2003, Tomlin also lent his coaching knowledge to “NFL 101,� a program that educates women on the terminology, formations, strategy and basics of football.

    Tomlin is married to the former Kiya Dawn and the couple resides in Tampa with their two sons, Dino and Mason. Kiya has spent time in the Tampa community as a member of the Buccaneers Women’s Organization, including participating in the Metropolitan Ministries’ Holiday Tent.


    # 1992-94…William & Mary, player
    # 1995…Virginia Military Institute, Wide Receivers Coach
    # 1996…Memphis, Graduate Assistant
    # 1997…Arkansas State, Wide Receivers Coach
    # 1998…Arkansas State, Defensive Backs Coach
    # 1999-00…Cincinnati, Defensive Backs Coach
    # 2001-05…Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Defensive Backs Coach,Mike

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    That is great news. We must keep Brian Williams. Tomlin will talk B. Will into stayin and Wilf needs to pay that boy.

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    Yes! It came true...just what I was hoping would go down. This is becoming one good offseason very early on!

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    Ya mnjamie you've nailed every addition on the head. What year will we win the SuperBowl?? :lol: :lol:

    Theres NOTHING greater then a Florida Gator!
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    Here's our new boy .... some old info on him also:

    Looks like Miami wanted him last year pretty bad for the same position:

    January 22, 2005

    Defensive Backs Coach Mike Tomlin to Miami?
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    an original article by Michael Awi is reporting that highly touted Defensive Backs coach Mike Tomlin may be on his way out. He is still working with the Buccaneer staff at the Senior Bowl, but has been rumored to have been offered the Defensive Coordinator job by the Miami Dolphins. Tomlin has said his hope is to be a Defensive Coordinator in the league in the future.

    "I think time will tell," Tomlin said. "We all have dreams and aspirations, and mine are those."

    "I can’t speak for everybody, but I do believe he’s got a tremendous amount of respect," Gruden said. "He’s a knowledgeable guy, and a real high-energy guy. He’s a great communicator. He’s consistent in that he’s always up. He’s a very optimistic, upbeat guy, but he’s very demanding and detail-oriented guy, too. He’s a superstar coach. He’s going to be one of the best. He’s got a great future and we’re very proud to have him on our staff. His talent is unlimited and we’re very fortunate to have him here."

    Tampa Bay has been talking to Tomlin in hopes to bring him back next season, but it is unknown how talks are going right now. But if Tomlin were to sign an extension with the Buccaneers, he would likely been denied any possibility of leaving before that contract would expire.

    If Tomlin is to leave for any other job, assistant Defensive Backs coach Raheem Morris is expected to take over as the Defensive Backs coach.


    Kiffin gave him the stamp of approval, that's good enough for me:

    John Lynch was in Hawaii in February, 2001. Another Pro Bowl appearance for one of the league's most accomplished safeties.

    When Lynch's phone rang, it was defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin calling from the mainland. Good news, Kiffin said. The Bucs had found a defensive backs coach to replace recently departed Herm Edwards. A sharp guy, Kiffin said. Enthusiastic. Lots of great ideas.

    Then came a long pause.

    There's just one issue, Kiffin said.

    Mike Tomlin was 28. Lynch, at the time, was 29. He was now putting his career in the hands of a coach who was younger than he.

    "I thought, 'Whoa, this will be a little different,' " Lynch said. "But Mike called me five minutes later and was talking about all the things we could do. And when he got here, he did things his own way.

    "It doesn't matter how old you are or where you came from, people earn respect by knowing how to do their job. And he knew what he was doing."

    In two of the previous three seasons the pass defense had ranked second in the NFL. No matter, Tomlin said. The Bucs were going back to basics.

    E.D.D., he called it. Every Day Drills.

    The Bucs would focus on footwork. They would get back to fundamentals. Tomlin felt like there was room for improvement.

    "Some of the guys thought he was crazy," Lynch said. "You're out there thinking, 'We did these drills in high school.' "

    Two weeks ago the Bucs finished the regular season with the No. 1-ranked pass defense in the NFL.


    Tomlins contract is up after the playoffs for the buc's.


    Tomlins Bio:

    Mike Tomlin - defensive backs; born March 15, 1972, Hampton, Va. Wide receiver William & Mary 1991-94. No pro playing experience. College coach: Virginia Military Institute 1995, Memphis 1996, Tennessee-Martin 1997, Arkansas State 1997-98, Cincinnati 1999-2000. Pro coach: Joined Buccaneers in 2001.

    I really like that fact that he made them go back to basics and re-focus on the fundamentals .... Perfectionist. Love it.

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    GO ZIGGY!!!!!! Bring back the Purple Pride!

    The rigors of Spartan life. Leonidas is cast out into the wild, and survives the harsh winter to return to his home, when he is crowned King ....a Viking!


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    OC Loney = Gone!

    DC Cottrell = Gone!

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    "WilliamsonOfTroy" wrote:
    MNJAMIE ARNT YOU SO FRIGGIN PUMPED!!!!???? This is sucha good move!

    Such a good move !!!! I am so happy right now i'm jumping out of my skin !!!! Aggressive "D" line calls, blitzes everywhere, very good disguising coverages, a defense that will be playing "down hill" and actually dictating the game instead of reacting to it ..... the list goes on.

    This guy is VERY WELL respected in Tampa and the NFL for his skills at being an innovator, Kiffin even takes direction from him when it comes to the secondary ... Kiffen trusted him so much, he never interfeared with anything he did.

    His players loved him, but still respected him. The guy is like only 30 years old, which means Wilf can keep locking him up for a long time, if he so chooses like Tampa does with Kiffin and Washington did with Williams. Just keep him happy with the money, he wont want to go anywhere.


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