Bucs hire John McNulty, keep D-line coach

As has been expected since the Arizona Cardinals cleaned out their coaching staff at the conclusion of the season, John McNulty has joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the quarterbacks coach, general manager Mark Dominik said Friday afternoon.

The Bucs tried to interview McNulty for their offensive coordinator spot last season, but Arizona refused to grant permission. McNulty previously worked for coach Greg Schiano at Rutgers.

“It’s an exciting hire for our coaching staff,’’ Dominik said. “He has a lot of respect in coaching circles. Coach Schiano knows him personally. He’ll work closely with (offensive coordinator) Mike Sullivan and (quarterback) Josh Freeman. He’s another great mind to work with our offense. He’s been a quarterbacks coach before, he’s been a receivers coach before and he’s called plays before. He’s a well-rounded offensive mind.’’

McNulty has previously spent time with Jacksonville, Dallas as well as Rutgers and Arizona.

Dominik also said that reports that defensive line coach Randy Melvin had been fired were inaccurate.

“Randy Melvin is our defensive line coach,’’ Dominik said. “He has never been fired or terminated from his contract. He’s handled this extremely well. Randy Melvin is our defensive line coach for 2013.’’

Dominik said the Bucs still are looking to hire a wide receivers coach and a defensive backs coach. He said he hopes to have those spots filled next week.