Offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo spoke to the media on Tuesday and discussed the Bucs struggles and plans going forward. Below is a transcript from his press conference.
(On Glennon’s overall play)
“There were some spots where he did some good things again. We just got done looking at some of the tape. We’ve looked at it the last two days and obviously he’s looked at it on his own. And there were some spots where he thought he could’ve been a little bit better here or (thrown) a better ball here and some things there. There are some things I can do better to help him out. There’s a couple of those. But for the most part, he did some really good things under first off, a great defense and under duress some of the times.”
(On what has to be addressed this week to improve offense)
“I think you just go through what you’ve done with a fine tooth comb and find out where you can be more successful as you approach keys to victory. You have to be calculating that because it can get expansive. You can spend your whole time just combing over, getting really finite when in fact you need to make sure the bullet points in our opinion are in order. Parts being for example, ‘what are we doing well offensively as far as scheme?’ ‘Where are we going to be?’ ‘What’s protection look like?’ ‘Where are some things that are sticking out?’ ‘How to we get off to a better start and make the start of our game look more like the second half of our games?’ Right now it’s manic. Lets really get into it and find out what it is. Is it mental? What do we ask our guys? What is it about the second half that mentally, physically, or schematically (were better)? Because we’re not changing the game plan. The game plan doesn’t change in the second half. Whatever it is, we need to find it out to give us a little more spark. It’s been manic. We have to stay on the field. We can’t drop third downs. We can’t have execution errors and some of the things that are setting us back. Another bullet point is turnovers. These keys to victory are sticking out all of the time. What are we doing with the ball? How are we doing in critical situations? How’s our mental game? And when you get through those first three bullet points, you get some things to find out. Penalties: you look back on some of those games and thing, ‘Did we do a better job with penalties?’ Did we execute and give ourselves a chance?’ And keep ourselves in manageable situation. Third downs for us, in manageable situations have been good. Our percentages (in manageable third downs) are good. When you get in the long situations, it’s tough. How did we get there? Obviously we’re very disappointed in last week in not being able to keep fighting, start fast, get through and score more points. But that was a game that kind of got us out of our game plan, having to find chucks early. You have to go. You have to address protection because you can’t just drop back (44 times). We’d rather not drop back 44 times in a game to have to keep pressing it (the ball) down the field. (If that happens) you end up in a protection world where you’re going to put things on an island at times, guys will be tired and you have to be careful. For the most part we were. There were mixed in seven man protections. There were mixed in six man protections. There were some times you were trying to help that out a little bit by mixing in the quick game, knowing the ball still had to go down the field to move it. That’s really in a nutshell, as I talk quickly before practice, I apologize, but those are the things in the last 48 hours we’ve been trying to comb through.”
(On why the Ravens were able to bring pressure all game)
“Well one, I think they’re good. Lets not get past the fact that they have a good defense. Elvis Dumerville (Terrell) Suggs (are good), and (Haloti) Ngata is very good player up front. Our offensive line did a good job up until last week. They got a lot of pressure. They just got some guys on us to get some push. I think a lot of it was good players and we have to do a good job of trying to protect our guys and mixing in more seven man protections and maybe that helps. Other than that, you can’t throw a quick game in here and there. They’re (Ravens) a good screen team because they’re good at retracting. They have stand up ends and the line of scrimmage. Schematically, and I won’t get into too much detail, but certain teams are better to throw screens against than others. You have to find ways to put the ball in space a little bit. We’ll look into all of those things. Could we have been better in the screen game? Can you throw more quick’s? And yeah, you probably could throw more quick’s just to chuck it and get a few more (plays). Hinesight is 20/20 when you’re trying to throw that fast. I’m thinking 30 points in a quarter. You’re trying, that’s what you have to do. You have to think that way. It’s tough. You have to manage that.”
(On what happened to all the bubble screens, the plays designed to get the ball in the hands of the playmakers)
“We’ve got to ramp that back up a little bit, get a little more space plays to some of those guys. Our screen game two weeks ago was good. Again, it’s finding where those spots are, and who it’s against and how you get them lined up. That’s one of the emphasis’s – finding a little more space there and that would help. It definitely would.”
(On low-percentage of balls Jackson is catching)
“Well, last week we were pretty excited with the way he played. I think he did a pretty good job last week and we built off the week-before plan. Whenever you’re targeted and you don’t get the catches you’d like, if your using just last week in general, we’ve slowly tried to find ways to get him the ball and it started, last week we had a chance to target him a little bit more but didn’t get a chance to get him the ball that much. Or it didn’t get into his hands. It’s not a lack of knowing that the ball has to go him. It’s either a coverage or a ball needs to be a little better or find another way to do it. It’s a little bit of all that.”
(On how are the rookies are doing, ASJ and Herron)
“Good. Excited about their development, excited about them continuing to get better and staying healthy. They are promising, promising guys and we’re excited to get them again today, for the chance to give them a little more stuff.”
(On why they aren’t starting faster)
“As we go through that these next couple of days that’s going to come up a little bit more. I don’t know of anyone has a real definitive answer. In the beginning we just had some dropped balls. We’ve had some missed execution. We’ve got to figure out what it is, whether we need to change up what we go after, what we put out there the first few plays. I don’t know if there’s any true exact science to that yet. I don’t know the exact answer yet. We need to find a way to, maybe we change the way we practice offensive the first little bit of practice. That’s what we’re going to do this week.”
(On if he’s had any contact with Tedford)
“Yeah, just checking in, how he’s doing. I saw Donna the other day and talked with her a little bit and just exchanged texts and see how he’s doing to check in. We don’t talk about football. Just check in to see how he’s doing. That’s all I’m interested in.”
(On what they have done well offensively)
“Well, I think our red zone is good. For the most part as we look through it. We have to find a way to build off of that success. The third downs, six and under, have been good, converting those distances. We’ve had some good chunk plays in the way we’ve designed it in the last few weeks. And again, that goes back to finding ways to get the guys the ball and building off of some of the stuff that Mike can do well. Those are just a few components.”
(On Gilkey and Omameh battling at RG)
“Just continue to find ways to press those guys and get them more reps. That group is going to be competitive and we expect that and they expect it and so getting them more reps is important.”
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This team continues to be reactionary instead of anticipatory. That’s what happens with the head coach fails to replace the offensive coordinator with a QUALIFIED, EXPERIENCED individual. Arroyo is over his head and doesn’t even realize it. The Baltimore game won’t be the last blowout that this team sees this season. And now Lovie Smith asks us fans to be patient. You’ve got to be kidding, Lovie.
Did this guy really say that “Our offensive line did a good job up until last week”????? What games has he been watching? This line has been HORRIBLE all year. This is a problem, these coaches are dont want to call out these players. Collins sucks, i would rather we kept Donald Penn’s overweight a$$. Mankins has been getting manhandled(see the saftey he gave up last week, he was on his back). Our other guard position is even worse. And up until this last weekend D. Dotson has been good, but he was abused by the Ravens. We should have kept D. Joseph and Zuttah. Also I bet Arroyo gets to keep this job of OC if Tedford never comes back, just as Greg Olson did when we fired our OC before the season a few years ago. Piss poor coaching and piss poor playing. We are in for another long season
My question is this: IS Marcus Arroyo the Buccaneers OC? Do we have confidence he can be going forward? I wonder about that, I really do.
Come on man. Where have you been the last six weeks? Of course, he’s the OC. I’m pretty sure it has been reported on PR.com and every other medium in the area……
It’s the lack of defense that’s been the culprit in these last few games and the lack of offense in the first few. In each of the games, with the exception of the good fortune in the Steeler win, the offense started slow and I say, afraid. Then, when they had no choice and defenses got a little complacent, there was a little late production that nearly pulled off a victory. It’s the two games against the Falcons and Ravens that are mind-blowing (I love those phrases from the 60’s). In my view it’s a mental thing. When this team gets down early it goes into shock and the spiral continues unabated. Ravens and Falcons? Hmmmmmmmmm, I just thought of another excuse for those beat downs. The team has Bird Flu or maybe Birdaphobia. The good news is we only play another bird team the rest of the season. I know this much, so far this season has been “for the birds.”
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