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Buccaneers announce hiring of 11 assistant coaches

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP)

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have added 11 assistant coaches to new coach Lovie Smith's staff.

The hirings include former Bucs star Hardy Nickerson as linebackers coach and Kevin O'Dea as special teams coordinator.

Smith was hired last week, replacing Greg Schaino after a 4-12 finish this season.

The other staff additions Thursday were Marcus Arroyo as quarterbacks coach, Joe Cullen as defensive line coach, Andrew Hayes-Stoker as wide receivers coach, Dave Kennedy as head strength and conditioning coach, Larry Marmie as senior defensive assistant, Mikal Smith as safeties coach, Tim Spencer as running backs coach, Ben Steele as offensive quality control and Matt Wiegand as assistant offensive line coach.

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AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org

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