The Bucs just hired LSU's DB coach, is Morris Claiborne set to follow? (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
It's pretty rare that we'd both talking about the hiring of an in-division positional coach, but in the case of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hiring Ron Cooper it seems apropos. The reason for this is simple: He's Morris Claiborne's coach from LSU, and it just so happens that the Buccaneers have a glaring need at RCB, which will likely be exacerbated by the eventual departure of Aqib Talib.
Sure, maybe this means nothing, but really the concept of Claiborne falling to the Panthers at #8 (or 9) was always a long shot. Recently I thought the Bucs could go after Alabama RB Trent Richardson to sure up their running game for the first season of Greg Sciano's tenure, a stout run-first guy.
That being said, if you're the Buccaneers and you need to solve the pass defense woes of a team immediately then the perfect patch job would be to take the coach who turned Claiborne into a top 10 pick, and then take Claiborne himself... there's something to be said for continuity.
There is a silver lining to all this though, and that's Richardson. Some fans astutely pointed out this morning that Trent Richardson could be another player that playoff teams clamor for in trade up scenarios. We saw New Orleans make a big play for Mark Ingram last year, and Richardson is regarded as a far more complete back than Ingram was. This is the fun of February where we want to know everything, and yet there's almost nothing to find out... we'll see how this story develops as we hurtle towards the draft.