Newly hired Bucs head coach Lovie Smith’s staff grew by one more on Wednesday as Marcus Arroyo agreed to become the Bucs quarterbacks coach.
Arroyo spent last season at Southern Miss as offensive coordinator and outside receivers coach. Prior to his time in Hattiesburg Arroyo was a coach for new Bucs offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford’s at Cal.
The former San Jose State quarterback spent the last 11 seasons coaching at the collegiate level, including four as an offensive coordinator or co-offensive coordinator.
“It came about rather quickly after getting a call from (new Bucs head coach) Lovie Smith and offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford last week, inquiring about my interest in coaching in the NFL. (Smith and I) talked about football and quarterback philosophy and his plan … basics, I guess,” Arroyo told the Hattiesburg American.
“My year in Hattiesburg has been great. I got to work with a great friend and mentor of mine, Todd Monken. I got to work at a place that my wife and I identified with in terms of great people, great community, great tradition and great alumni. I got to do what I love most – be a teacher and mentor. I got to compete, which innately fuels my fire. I got to meet a great group of football coaches and athletic department staff. I got to meet two amazing new leaders that I will continue to follow – (athletic director) Bill McGillis and (university President) Rodney Bennett.”
So far, in addition to Arroyo, the Bucs have agreed to terms with Tedford as their offensive coordinator, Leslie Frazier as defensive coordinator and Hardy Nickerson to coach linebackers. Former Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano was also reported to be joining Smith’s staff as the offensive line coach.
Last week at this time it appeared Chris Ballard would be joining the Buccaneers front office to replace Mark Dominik as Tampa Bay’s new general manager, but it now appears that isn’t a foregone conclusion. A report on Wednesday said the Buccaneers will be interviewing the Falcons Lionel Vital, who become the director of player personnel after Dave Caldwell was hired to be the General Manager in Jacksonville.
Vitral has worked under Falcons G.M. Thomas Dimitroff, Ozzie Newsome, Scott Pioli and Bill Belichick.
FOX Sports 1’s Mike Garafalo tweeted late Wednesday that the Buccaneers have requested permission to interview Marc Ross who has worked his way up from a public relations intern to his current position with the Giants. Ross has been credited with finding players like cornerback Terrell Thomas, wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, offensive lineman Will Beatty and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul as a member of the Giants front office. Ross has interviewed for a handful of general manager openings in recent years, and many see Ross as on the cusp of being ready to take the next step.
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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