TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA)- They play music during training camp practices but there is usually one voice you can hear above the beat. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Line Coach Brentson Buckner, barks at his position group, encouraging rookie and veteran players alike, after a job well done.
Buckner has worked in the NFL coaching ranks for nearly a decade, interning wth the Pittsburgh Steelers, then working on the Arizona Cardinals staff for five seasons, before joining the Bucs. More important, he is a former player, a 12-year defensive lineman, who finished up his playing career as a Tampa Bay division rival, with the Carolina Panthers.
“He knows what it is to be on that D-line,” Defensive End Jason Pierre-Paul said. “Playing D-line is tough. Every day we’re constantly hitting each other, hitting the offensive line.”
Buckner’s motivational tactics are sinking in. In an interview with News Channel 8, Your Official Bucs Station, Buckner gave a simple answer to working with long time veteran players like Gerald McCoy and Pierre-Paul.
“I tell them from the time they got in the league, that the league is trying to replace them,” Buckner said. “You got to come out here and try to make the team every year.”