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Longtime pro Antwaan Randle El enters first year as Buccaneers assistant under Bruce Arians

Antwaan Randle El, Bucs

Former NFL wide receiver and kick return specialist Antwaan Randle El is entering his first year as an offensive assistant with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Randle El will play for head coach Bruce Arians, who was his former wide receivers coach and offensive coordinator with the Pittsburgh Steelers.  The Buccaneers hired Randle El on January 16, 2019.

According to Greg Auman of The Athletic, Arians “loves filling his staff with former players.” Some of them even played for him dating back to his days as the head football coach of the Temple Owls 35 years ago.

Arians also “believes in developing the next generation of coaches,” per Auman. For his part, Randle El sees himself becoming an NFL head coach one day.

I do at one point want to be a head coach. It’s a lot that goes into that.

Do I feel like I’ll be a great fit? Yep, it’s just a matter of time, of getting the years, the time under my belt, and really understanding.

It’s a totally different ballgame, playing and coaching. You have a better view of it from a coach’s perspective.

Being able to teach and put it all together…it’s not just football, it’s life: building relationships and networks you’re going to have when you’re done coaching.

Randle El is a solid addition to the Bucs’ coaching staff. Quarterback inconsistency was one of the team’s issues last season. Randle El was a quarterback during his college days with the Indiana Hoosiers.

On that note, he should help Tampa Bay signal-callers Jameis Winston, Blaine Gabbert, and Ryan Griffin develop their game.

As a former NFL wide receiver, Randle El should help mentor Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Justin Watson, and Bobo Wilson, and K.J. Brent.

Antwaan Randle El was a consummate pro during his playing days in the NFL from 2002 to 2010. With that in mind, he should excel in his role as the Bucs’ offensive assistant. He should help Tampa Bay, which won just five games in 2018, turn things around this season.