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  • Tue., Sep. 08, 2015 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM EDT Back to Football Forum with the Buccaneers Luncheon The Tampa Bay Buccaneers invite local business leaders and Bucs fans to enjoy lunch and a 2015 season preview with Buccaneers Co-Chairman Bryan Glazer, Head Coach Lovie Smith and General Manager Jason Licht, along with various players.

  • Wed., Sep. 09, 2015 9:00 AM EDT Buccaneers Academy FDOT Backpack Caravan While getting ready for their own kickoff on the football field, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are proud to also help kick off the school year for young Bay-area Bucs fans!
  • Wed., Sep. 09, 2015 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM EDT Downtown Tampa SIEGE Celebration The Bucs will “SIEGE” Joe Chillura Courthouse Square Park to celebrate the upcoming Hispanic Heritage Month, the City of Tampa’s historic Hispanic roots and the beginning of our regular season! This fun, free event will feature autographs from Bucs Legends, the Buccaneers Street Team, a Buccaneers Cheerleader performance and various food truck vendors!
  • Thu., Sep. 10, 2015 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM EDT Launch Party for RED, the Buccaneers new Women’s Movement

    Join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on September 10th from 6pm-9pm at Raymond James Stadium to be a part of the Buccaneers all-new RED, the Women’s Movement!

  • Sat., Sep. 12, 2015 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT Back to Football Celebration at Glazer Children’s Museum Celebrate the season opener with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by joining us at a special Back to Football event at the Glazer Children’s Museum!
  • Sun., Sep. 13, 2015 4:25 PM EDT Buccaneers vs. Titans Week 1
  • Tue., Sep. 15, 2015 12:00 PM EDT UnitedHealthcare Learning Garden Build UnitedHealthcare volunteers, Bucs players, cheerleaders, and Captain Fear will construct Learning Garden kits at One Buccaneer Place that will teach students about growing healthy, sustainable foods.
  • Sun., Sep. 20, 2015 1:00 PM EDT Buccaneers @ Saints Week 2
  • Tue., Sep. 22, 2015 12:00 PM EDT UnitedHealthcare Learning Garden Delivery Buccaneers staff will install Learning Gardens in seven Buccaneers Academies.
  • Sun., Sep. 27, 2015 1:00 PM EDT Buccaneers @ Texans Week 3
  • Tue., Sep. 29, 2015 12:00 PM EDT Bucs Vision Mobile powered by Glazer Family Foundation Vehicle Unveiling The new and improved Bucs Vision Mobile powered by Glazer Family Foundation will be unveiled at Twin Lakes Elementary School!
  • Sun., Oct. 04, 2015 1:00 PM EDT Buccaneers vs. Panthers Week 4
  • Tue., Oct. 06, 2015 12:00 PM EDT Rookie Club: Metropolitan Ministries LAMPLighters Fall Festival The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Rookie Club, Cheerleaders, and Captain Fear will interact with the children through games, dancing, arts & crafts, and more during Metropolitan Ministries' Fall Festival.



Embree Joins Smith's Staff as TE Coach

Posted Jan 16, 2014

The Bucs have hired former Colorado Head Coach Jon Embree to tutor their tight ends, a position he has coached to great success in the NFL...Dave Borgonzi has been named defensive quality control coach

  • Jon Embree, former University of Colorado head coach, joins Lovie Smith's staff to coach tight ends
  • Dave Borgonzi, who has been on the Dallas Cowboys staff the past three years, comes aboard as defensive quality control coach
  • In five previous seasons as an NFL tight ends coach, Embree has helped his primary TE average 85 catches a year
Two more pieces are in place as Lovie Smith's 2014 coaching staff nears completion.

On Thursday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers named Jon Embree tight ends coach and Dave Borgonzi defensive quality control coach, the 15th and 16th additions to Smith's staff.  Embree, who spent two seasons as the head coach at the University of Colorado (2011-12) was most recently the tight ends coach for the Cleveland Browns in 2013.  Borgonzi comes to the Buccaneers from the Dallas Cowboys, where he spent the last three years as an offensive assistant.

The primary position coaches under Offensive Coordinator Jeff Tedford are now mostly in place.  The Buccaneers have yet to announce an offensive line coach but have Embree in charge of tight ends, Marcus Arroyo in the quarterbacks room, Tim Spencer leading the running backs and Andrew Hayes-Stoker tutoring the wide receivers.

The Browns were Embree's third NFL team, following stints coaching the tight ends with the Kansas City Chiefs (2006-08) and Washington Redskins (2010).  His stint with the Browns lasted just one year as the organization chose to move on from Head Coach Rob Chudzinski after a single season, but in that time Embree helped tight end Jordan Cameron develop into a Pro Bowler.  After catching 26 passes during his first two NFL seasons combined, Cameron erupted for 80 receptions, 917 yards and seven touchdowns last fall, leading to his first all-star berth.

- Former Colorado Head Coach Jon Embree helped make Browns TE Jordan Cameron a Pro Bowler in 2013
Embree has been associated with prolific tight ends in each of his seasons as an NFL head coach, in fact.  Perennial Pro Bowler Tony Gonzalez caught 73, 99 and 96 passes during Embree's three years in Kansas City, while Washington's Chris Cooley had 77 receptions and a career-high 849 yards in 2010.  Over those five years, the primary tight end on Embree's teams averaged a receptions-yardage-touchdown stat line of 85-979-6.

In Tampa, Embree inherits a tight end corps that was led in 2013 by Tim Wright, an undrafted rookie who converted from wide receiver during training camp and subsequently caught 54 passes for 571 yards and five touchdowns.  Wright's impressive emergence came after a string of season-ending injuries to Luke Stocker, Tom Crabtree and Nate Byham, all of whom will get a chance to re-establish themselves in 2014.

Embree has 22 years of coaching experience overall, including his work at the college level.  In addition to serving as the head coach at his alma mater, he spent 11 other seasons on the Buffaloes' staff, teaching a variety of positions, including tight ends (1993-94, 1999-2000), defensive ends (1995-98), and wide receivers/kickers (2001-02).  Embree was also a volunteer assistant for Colorado in 1991 after finishing a four-year playing career as a tight end in Boulder from 1983-86.  After getting his start in coaching with the Buffaloes, he spent three seasons as an assistant head coach at UCLA, working with wide receivers (2003) and tight ends (2004-05).

Following his playing career with Colorado, Embree was selected in the sixth-round of the 1987 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams. He played two seasons (1987-88) for the team before retiring.  His father, John Embree, also played in the NFL, as a wide receiver for the Denver Broncos from 1969-70.

With Dallas, Borgonzi’s primary duties included assisting in weekly breakdowns  and scouting reports of each opponent while also working with the scout team during daily practices.  He spent five seasons coaching collegiately prior to his time with Dallas, working at Harvard (2008-10) and Syracuse (2006-07). As a player, Borgonzi was a three-year starter and senior-year captain at Amherst College, where he played linebacker.