Buccaneers fire Lori Locust, NFL’s only woman defensive coach

Buccaneers fire Lori Locust, NFL’s only woman defensive coach

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers fired line of defense coach Lori Locust, the NFL’s solely feminine defensive coach on Thursday.

The group introduced the choice three days after the Buccaneers misplaced to the Cowboys, 31-14, within the wild-card spherical on Monday night time. She was amongst a handful of teaching adjustments made in Tampa Bay.

The Buccaneers additionally fired 5 different assistants, together with offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich. The entrance workplace made the sweeping adjustments after a disappointing 8-9 common season and one other early playoff exit.

Locust performed as a defensive lineman earlier than changing into a coach for Tampa Bay.Getty Pictures

Locust performed as a semi-pro defensive lineman for the Central PA Vipers earlier than retiring and going into teaching. She joined the Buccaneers in 2019 and two years later turned one of many first feminine coaches to win a Tremendous Bowl.

After getting fired, Locust took to Twitter with optimism: “Typically it’s all that must be mentioned…recognize @buccaneers @KacyRodgers99 Coach Bowles, the employees, the gamers and the Krewe…been a tremendous begin right here in Tampa…trying ahead to what’s subsequent.”

Different coaches let go by Tampa Bay had been specialist Chris Boniol, broad receivers coach Kevin Garver, offensive high quality management coach Jeff Kastl and operating backs coach Todd McNair.

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