Bruce Gradkowski, a former quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has accepted a new coaching position.
A former quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is getting ready to start his coaching career.
The names of 12 of the 14 offensive and defensive coordinators for the XFL’s eight teams were announced on June 8 by the league. Bruce Gradkowski, a former Buccaneers starting quarterback and draft pick, will serve as an offensive coordinator for one of the teams, according to the press release. Former NFL tight end Anthony Becht will serve as the team’s head coach, and the 39-year-old will be under his tutelage.
Marc Ross, Executive Vice President, Football Operations, stated, “I’m thrilled to officially welcome our OCs and DCs to the XFL.” “These are tremendous coaches and true leaders, both individually and collectively, whose expertise will be critical not only for the success of their teams, but also for the dynamic football product we will deliver to fans,” Marc Ross, Executive Vice President, Football Operations, said.
Gradkowski Started 2006 Season for Buccaneers
Gradkowski’s NFL career began with the Buccaneers in 2006, when he was drafted in the sixth round by the team. Gradkowski began the season as a backup, but due to starter Chris Simms’ ruptured spleen, he ended up starting the majority of the games. In his 13 appearances, the University of Toledo product started 11 of them and threw nine touchdowns against nine interceptions.
Before being waived in the offseason of 2008, the late-round draft pick spent one more season with the Buccaneers. Gradkowski later signed with the Cleveland Browns before playing for the Raiders in Las Vegas for a couple of seasons. During the 2009 and 2010 seasons, Gradkowski started eight games and appeared in thirteen others as the Raiders’ primary backup.
Gradkowski’s career would eventually come to an end with the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he spent four seasons as a backup before being released in the middle of the 2016 season due to a hamstring injury.
In 20 starts, the University of Toledo alum spent time on NFL rosters over the course of 11 seasons, throwing 21 touchdowns and 24 interceptions.
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I’d still be coaching if Brady hadn’t returned. Arians:
Former Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians wants to emphasize that if Tom Brady hadn’t come out of retirement, he would still be coaching.
Arians announced his retirement as a head coach and move into a front office position with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers just two weeks after Brady announced his decision to resign. Arians claims that if Brady had not decided to return, he would not have stepped down and would have coached another season.
Via Rick Stroud of The Tampa Bay Times:
“I knew (this) year would be my last 90 percent of the time,” Arians said. “I was going to be seventy (years old).”
Arians, who will turn 70 in October, made it clear that he did not want to put new head coach and former defensive coordinator Todd Bowles in a bad situation by starting Blaine Gabbert or Kyle Trask instead of Brady.
“I was headed in the opposite direction.” “I was hoping he wouldn’t play,” Arians continued. “I was wondering who we’d get. Is there anyone willing to barter? It was impossible to draft because no one was available. This was self-explanatory. To the general public, Blaine (Gabbert) and Kyle (Trask) were fine. Because I’ve seen Blaine triumph with a strong supporting cast. I’m sure I’d still be coaching if Tom hadn’t returned. That’s something I couldn’t put Todd in.”
The Bucs appear to be in good shape heading into the 2022 season, with Brady back in the fold and much of the core from the Super Bowl team two years prior returning for another run.