The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have hired the former University of Southern California running backs coach to the same position. McNair last coached for the University of Southern California in 2010.
McNair’s contract ended in 2010 and was not extended by the university. He last was rumored to be coaching as the Arizona Cardinals running backs coach under Bruce Arians in 2013, but the job never came to fruition.
McNair is most notable for suing the NCAA for multiple charges. These include libel, slander and misconduct.
The national titles were vacated under reports that former NFL running back Reggie Bush received improper benefits to attend the university.
Another successful college running back under McNair was Joe McKnight. McKnight wasn’t ever successful at the NFL level. However, McKnight was prolific in his time at University of Southern California.
After all this time out of coaching, it says a lot that Bruce Arians wanted to sign McNair. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers could use a boost in the running game. Their last 1,000 yard rusher was Doug Martin in 2015. He was named to a first team all-pro that year.
Since 2015, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers haven’t had a stable running back room. Peyton Barber has been passable, but certainly not to the tune of a first team all-pro.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers run game should improve in 2019 under McNair and a possible free agent signing. They could also draft a number of great running backs to the tune of Bryce Love or Benny Snell.
With an improved run game under McNair should come a better year from Jameis Winston. Winston has always succeeded as a passer out of play action.
Hopefully the signing of McNair improves the Tampa Bay Buccaneers run game.