John McNulty named Bucs quarterbacks coach, Randy Melvin not fired

By Matt Sugam

Greg Schiano is reuniting with John McNulty.

According to multiple reports, Schiano has named McNulty the new quarterbacks coach for the Bucs.

McNulty was Schiano’s offensive coordinator from 2007-2009. In his first season as the offensive play caller, Rutgers became the first team in NCAA history to have a 3,000-yard passer, a 2,000-yard rusher and two 1,000-yard receivers.

 

The Bucs tried to hire McNulty last season, but the Cardinals blocked them from interviewing him as he was their quarterbacks coach at the time.

“It’s an exciting hire for our coaching staff,’’ Bucs general manager Dominik said according to ESPN.com. “He has a lot of respect in coaching circles. Coach Schiano knows him personally. He’ll work closely with Mike Sullivan and [quarterback] Josh Freeman. He’s another great mind to work with our offense. He’s been a quarterbacks coach before, he’s been a receivers coach before and he’s called plays before. He’s a well-rounded offensive mind.’’

As for defensive line coach Randy Melvin – who also coached under Schiano at Rutgers – Dominik said reports that he was fired were false.

“Randy Melvin is our defensive line coach,’’ Dominik said. “He has never been fired or terminated from his contract. He’s handled this extremely well. Randy Melvin is our defensive line coach for 2013.’’

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