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Buccaneers' coaching staff, depth chart reflect pass-happy NFL

Buccaneers' coaching staff, depth chart reflect pass-happy NFL

Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith long ago altered his coaching staff to better reflect the pass-first NFL. Unlike the Ravens, who preach versatility at all defensive positions and play safeties and cornerbacks as their slot defensive back in passing situations, Smith has a dedicated coach and position on his depth chart for nickel backs. "I just think [with] the nickel position now, a lot of teams use a third receiver as much as anything, and we ask the nickel position to do unique things," Smith said. "He's part linebacker, part safety [and] part corner. We've had a specific coach that's coached them the last seven years or so. Just like the tight end...

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