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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 mark@pewterreport.com

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    Scares me that Lovie is going to make the decision on the OC. Next year if the offense fails we know where to point the finger. Lovies track record is not good when we talk OCs or offense. We can only hope he gets it right THIS time!

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      Uncle Stan

      You’re being very generous with the term “not good””
      I would be more inclined to say “it stinks” or “it’s horrible” or “what offense”.

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    Finally, Smith was asked if others will directly be involved in the choice of the Bucs next offensive coordinator.

    “In the end, I’m going to make all the decisions on that, like I’m responsible for everything in our program,” Smith said. “I would like to, yes, get the coordinator in position, and then from there we go forward. So it’s pretty hard for me to talk about what we’re going to do offensively and things like that without getting – that’s the first order of business: to get that in place and then we’ll take the necessary steps from there.”

    And right there in his own words is the crux of the problem with the Bucs. What an arrogant person. So what are the role(s) of the GM or the Glazers?

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      There’s nothing arrogant about it. That’s what a head coach does. He selects his staff. The GM and the ownership rarely has input on who the HC should surround himself with. He is hired based on a belief and scheme he wishes to run. The only way you accomplish that is you surround yourself with coaches who can fulfill that.

      The role of the owner is to hire/fire the HC and/or GM if they feel they aren’t getting the job done. The GM usually is in charge of the draft, personnel and contracts.

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      It’s called “Chain of Command”. It’s part of the HC job description to make the assistant coaching hires and to take responsibility for them. I wouldn’t want a manager or coach afraid to make his own decisions. That’s not to say he should operate in total autonomy. There is little doubt that Lovie will seek the opinion of Jason Licht and will consult with others outside of the organization before making the final choice. He might even discuss it with the Glazer boys. But my guess is that they would tell him he is free to hire whomever he wants. Lovie might be a lot of things, but I don’t see arrogance. You want arrogant, look to guys like Buddy Ryan’s fat son Rex Ryan, Sean Payton, Jimmy Johnson, Ray Perkins and all politicians.

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    IMO, the Glazers should have NO role in the selection of the OC. However, I WOULD like for theGM to have strong input although I pretty generally agree that the HC should ALWAYS have the final decision on ALL the assistants.

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    Mark Trestman would be the new OC. Simple as that. Arroyo will go back as QB Coach.

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      I love that idea horse

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    Now the OL Coach is a whole other issue.

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    General managers job is not to make decisions on game play such as schemes. His role is to find and acquire the talent to suit the criteria the guys calling the plays desire. He knows personnel and contacts. The heat is on Smith and his assistants if the scheme fails. Licht buys the groceries. Smith is correct in these statements, is on him alone to choose the next coordinator.

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    Oops sorry, didn’t see the post above already stating exactly what my thoughts were.

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    I don’t get it. Balanced or not. Why not tell this guy: “Give me 27 points. I don’t give a sh** how you do it. The rest is up to my defense guys”

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      I think that’s what he said to the last OC! The guy looked at the QB and the O-Line, had a heart attack and fled to Canada! lol

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    (An updated post I made a few weeks ago)

    If the Bucs decide on a more traditional offense (Broncos/Patriots), and I believe they will, they should not rest until Marc Trestman, who is just released as HC of the Bears, is comfortable in the Florida sun. The man is a virtual QB Whisperer and is known as one of the best offensive minds in the business. Some guys make great OCs, but lousy coaches. Marc Trestman and Norv Turner stand alone in this regard.

    And the Bucs should hire Aaron Kromer, his former OC, as O-Line Coach. Kromer was hired by the New Orleans Saints in 2008 as the running backs coach, before becoming the offensive line coach the following season. Under his tenure as OL coach, the Saints sent five players to a combined nine Pro Bowls, and tied for the fewest sacks in the league with 96. Under Kromer, the Saints line twice won the Madden Most Valuable Protectors Award as the best offensive line in the league (in 2009 and 2011). Kromer filled in as the Saints’ interim head coach for the first six games of the 2012 NFL season when Sean Payton was suspended.

    Experience, experience, experience! With the state of the QB situation at the Bucs, this is not the time to give a deserving guy an opportunity or grow someone in the position. The Bucs need a CEO for the offense – an area where Lovie has the least experience to offer. Trestman is well suited to prepare a new QB for the NFL and work with the existing talent to put a competent and competitive offense on the field. This is especially true if McCown is retained as the back-up QB. The pieces immediately fall into place.

    Trestman is a mad scientist and has the personality and interpersonal skills of dried paint, but he knows offense and how to get the most out of a developing QB. Nobody questions the work he did with MVP Rich Gannon at the Raiders or even Josh McCown at the Bears. The most notable QBs Trestman worked with were Bernie Kosar, Steve Young, Jake Plummer and Rich Gannon. He served as either QB coach or OC when coaching each player. Trestman was able to boost the performance of every quarterback he has ever coached (nobody can help Jay Cutler), with impressive results as his coaching career went on.

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    One thing I noticed during his presser is he smiled when someone mentioned Dungy’s endorsement of Mariota. Finally something good to look forward to, we got the #1 pick. Better yet, both top Q,B.’s in the draft go head to head in a meaningful bowl game, and we get to see one of them play for the title. With our ties to Brooks, and Dungy, who’s son went to Oregon, we should have plenty of intel on both players. Licht will be at the game, could he be arranging a meeting with Scott Frost? What a leg up it would be if Frost was looking to step up to the NFL, and his star pupil could be his Q.B.. If Mariota could come in knowing the system, and it’s coordinator, it would be a huge advantage.

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    The Buc stops with Lovie when it comes to hiring coaches. Who could predict the Tedford disaster? So far Marc Trestman seems a logical choice, although I would like to see another run at Chudzinski. I am a little apprehensive of the college ranks for a coordinator position. Nonetheless I would expedite the selection, there is a lot of movement in the coaching ranks and while a number one pick and ample salary cap is attractive to a candidate, a 2-14 record may not be.

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    Great article MC. It was very informative. It’s good to know Lovie gives his OC the appropriate level of freedom and now potential candidates can read that for themselves. I’d be in favor of Trestman, Chudzinski, or Frost in no particular order as the OC.

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    I am not all that happy that St. Lovie will be picking the OC. I understand WHY he is but still… so far he has proven to be LOUSY at doing so.
    But once the pick is made and assuming it’s a qualified coach with a strong background, I only hope he will be able to hire his own assistants and is able to draft the QB who best fits his system. And that his system will not be subject to St. Lovie’s interference.
    A LOT will be made and should be made of this hire. The future of the Buccaneers is going to be depending on the right hire. And as you typed Mark, the future of St. Lovie DEFINITELY depends on it.

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    macabee..Good info in your post. I would be happy with Trestman.I just hope they don’t go back to Buc ball with a top QB behind center. The NFL has become a pass orientated league with all the rule changes favoring a passing attack.

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    For the record guys, I share with you mostly stuff I have read somewhere. BTW, the Bucs have never taken my advice. lol. When Mccown came out yesterday and endorsed Trestman, between he and myself, Trestman probably has the kiss of death.
    Just read on PFT that the Bucs may be interested in Dirk Koetter/Falcons if he is released. So stay tuned.

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    If the BUCs are planning to take Mariotta, how about Dave Baldwin? If Winston (gulp), how about Randy Sanders? That would place the QBS in a system they are familiar with.

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    If the BUCs are planning to take Mariotta, how about Dave Baldwin? If Winston (gulp), how about Randy Sanders? That would place the QBS in a system they are familiar with.
    Regardless who the OC is, I feel sorry for them. They have one hell of a job in front of them.

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    Biff Barker

    Arrogant, obstinate, obsolete.

    Beating his tin dictator’s drum after a 2-14 season.

    He’s selling the Midas touch but brought the Mierda touch.

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    The NFL hasn’t gone so much from run to passing over the past few years; it’s the speed of the game and the players has just made it seem that way. Most teams in the playoffs have a ground pounder and a good QB plus adequate to good Defense. I don’t believe Coach Smith is that far off at all. thanks Macabee for the all the info; dare I say it? Mark Trestman also was the OC at FSU and a QB Coach at FSU for some years. I think he had two Heisman Trophy QB’s in that time frame.

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    The Bears will be paying Trestman to sit home the next 2 years. Don’t know how it would work if he was hired. We’d be paying him O.C. money, would that be subtracted from what the Bears owe him?

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      Yes! All coaches contracts are guaranteed. But they do not contain offset language. If a former coach gets employment under the definition of “coaching” any salary will be deducted from his former contract up to annual total for that contract.

      If a former coach like Jon Gruden opts to work in a non-coaching capacity, say network TV, he will receive the total of his former contract and his current contract. Remember the Butch Davis caper – was he or wasn’t he a coach – legal definition – monies at stake.

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    Have read that the Bucs are going to interview Koetter from Atlanta. He has some good points on his Resume but it also said he has ties to Warhop, that don’t sound promising.

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