Who's Who: New Faces on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Sideline For 2009

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Who's Who: New Faces on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Sideline For 2009
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Bucs fans love defense.

And why not? The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been known for top-ranked defenses for the past 13 seasons, during which they have ranked in the top 10 on 11 occasions and the top 5 eight times.

Their Super Bowl win may not have been possible without a defense that scored three touchdowns while holding the league's top-ranked offense to two touchdowns and a field goal.

So what must Bucs fans have been thinking when defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, whose vaunted "Tampa-2" defense made defenses in Tampa, Chicago, and Indianapolis some of the best in the league, announced he was leaving to coach on Saturdays for the University of Tennessee?

No doubt the wailing and lamentation was audible across the state of Florida.

Kiffin wasn't the only casualty, however, as a month after leaving, the Bucs began the gutting of the coaching staff, starting with the firing of head coach Jon Gruden.

Six assistant coaches were fired two days later.

Luckily, the Buccaneers' front office was prepared to announce a slew of hirings to fill the gaps left.

Having to learn new names is nothing new for Buccaneers fans. If you bought a jersey for every quarterback to start for the Buccaneers beginning in 2002, you'd have nine jerseys and zero guarantees your Luke McCown jersey would get any use.

However, learning new names for the men on the sidelines wearing visors and headsets is a new experience. For the same 2002 - present period, you only needed to know Gruden, Kiffin, and Bill Muir.

In addition to a new head coach and coordinators, Bucs fans ought to keep tabs on new draft picks, too.

So to help the befuddled Tampa Bay faithful keep everyone straight, here's a quick look at who's who along with some career stats to impress everyone at your fantasy draft.

One thing is clear, though, and that is that while some offensive and defensive schemes might change under the new regime, fans and foes alike can both look forward to smothering defenses creating opportunities for the more-than-capable offense.

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