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Ligashesky making special teams changes

Posted Dec 9, 2013

Bob Ligashesky began making changes on his first day in his new role as special teams coordinator, according to interim head coach Wade Phillips.

Bob Ligashesky has already started making changes in his new role as special teams coordinator, according to interim head coach Wade Phillips.

“We started that today as a matter of fact. He’s got some different ideas,” Phillips said. “When you get new coaches in, you’re going to get different ideas. We’ve got some different ways of doing things, different ideas. Not to take away from what Joe (Marciano) did, what a great career here.”

On Friday, Joe Marciano was relieved of his duties as the only special teams coordinator in Texans franchise history, just hours after the press conference announcing Gary Kubiak’s termination. Ligashesky, who joined the Texans coaching staff in March 2013, was subsequently promoted from special teams assistant.

On Monday, Phillips discussed the decision to change the special teams leadership.

“Yeah, that was a team decision,” interim head coach Wade Phillips said Monday. “Coach (Bob) Ligashesky was here and we feel like he can do the job for us. So we’re going to give him that opportunity.”

Ligashesky brings ten years of NFL experience, most recently serving as the special teams coordinator in Tampa Bay last season. The Buccaneers led the NFL with four blocked punts under Ligashesky’s guidance. He was also the special teams coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2007-09 and the St. Louis Rams from 2005-06. While with the Steelers in 2008, Pittsburgh led the NFL in kickoff return average allowed and ranked fourth in the league in punt return average allowed on the way to winning the Super Bowl.

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