The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have decided to part ways with QB coach/OC Marcus Arroyo it was confirmed on Friday afternoon. In addition, assistant offensive line coach Matt Wiegand’s contract was not renewed.
Arroyo was hired shortly after Jeff Tedford was brought aboard to be Tampa Bay’s offensive coordinator early last year. Arroyo and Tedford had worked together in the college ranks as Arroyo was Tedford’s quarterback coach and passing game coordinator at Cal for two seasons.
The 34-year old Arroyo was thrust into the job of offensive coordinator after Tedford fell ill during the preseason and required two stents put in his heart to clear blockages. The Bucs expected Tedford back during the first couple weeks of the season but Tedford didn’t feel capable of returning at the time, and was placed on an indefinite medical leave, and he and the team eventually agreed to part ways late during the 2014 season.
Under Arroyo the Buccaneers offense finished 30th in the NFL in total offense averaging just 292 yards per game.
Arroyo released a statement to Tampa Bay Times beat writer Rick Stroud.
“I just want to thank Lovie Smith, Jason Licht, the Glazer family and the entire Buccaneer organization. I appreciated the opportunity to come in as a quarterbacks coach and I accepted the additional work and responsibilities for game planning placed upon me unexpectedly after Jeff’s illness. Despite these difficult circumstances, I enjoyed my time here very much. I am certainly looking forward to continuing my coaching career in the NFL and this experience will prove invaluable.”
The Buccaneers announced last week they had hired former Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter to fill the position in Tampa Bay.
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Lovie better let Warhop go because if the O-Line is a mess next year it sure will look bad for Lovie.
Well, I think we all expected this for Arroyo. It’s a tough break for him, but the team couldn’t proceed forward with him even as a QB coach after the regression of McCown from 2013 to 2014. As for the assistant OL coach that one is a no brainer.
All I know is we need a REAL QB coach and a REAL OL coach.
Rick Stroud @NFLSTROUD 56m56 minutes ago
For those asking, the Bucs have retained their other assistant coaches including OL coach George Warhop.
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Just another example that shows Lovie has no idea about offense. Keeping Warhop is just hard to believe. I guess we will trot out Cousins and Gilkey again ?
I don’t get firing the assistant O line coach? Are we supposed to believe it was Wiegand’s fault the O line sucked, and not Warhop himself? Wonder if our new O.C. was O.K. with this.
I remind you once again whose making the decisions at One Buc. Your new OC has already deferred. Excerpts from his phone presser: (On if there will be any changes to Tampa Bay’s offensive staff)
“Coach Smith and I have just had a few brief conversations about the staff and that’s something that will be ironed out in the time coming up as we get this thing rolling. So, again, the coaching staff is hired by the Head Football Coach, and I’m very happy to be one of those guys that’s been hired. Other than that, I’m not sure what else Coach Smith’s planned for the staff at this time.”
I feared Warhop was staying when I read he’d been sent to the East/West game. Don’t usually do that with guys you’re going to fire. Keep it up Lovie. We might be lucky enough to get you outta Tampa in only 2 years.
I am happy with the idea of Lovie shooting himself in the foot as I STRONGLY believe he is an overrated DC with a HC job~ hopefully Tampa will figure this out before the start of the 2016 season…We need a coach who understands OFFENSE ~a DC is there for defense,not the head coach….We had Tomlin at one point and let him go~ we will NEVER capture that same lightning in a bottle~DC should remain just that,DCs~ rarely if NEVER should they be HCs~ Esp. in todays NFL…All his supporters will find that im right and that Lovie SHOULDNT be a HC ANYWHERE as his vision is too limited…
Realize now Buc Nation~ LOVIE, as great as a guy he might be~ Is NOT HC material..Waste another season believing b ut HE IS NOT THE ANSWER…
Hopefully this ship will find its course with Winston and realize what I already know~ That Lovie is not the HC that is the best fit in tampa…
Not holding players and staff accountable for very, very bad performances maybe considered loyalty but more often than not it is considered a weakness in leadership. A weakness that will lower the bar for the entire organization.
The offensive line was one of the worst ever in the NFL and while Michael Johnson may have been injured this year what does that have to do with his effort on every play. Most plays in most games he just engages the lineman and stops.
Maybe if Rod Marinelli would have come back to coach the Bucs (ask yourself why he didn’t come coach with his best friend?) or Warren Sapp comes out of retirement there would some accountability because without it the history of 2014 is doooooommmmed to repeat itself !
Great points. I agree with you, lovie has no backbone. When marinelli resigned with Dallas, rather than come join lovie, it made a loud statement to me. I really believe that he sees some of the same things, and was worried about coming here for a year or two, before Lovie gets fired, and he would be out of a job again. At least with Dallas he has some stability, something the BUCS don’t know anything about. I like your idea of Warren Sapp, but I figured Hardy Nickerson would demand more accountability. Hardy does have his linebackers playing great ball, maybe they should put him in charge of the entire defense, b/c Frazier is a joke as well
With decisions like this,(keeping Warhop) scares me. Now you could believe Lovie could take a OT number one over all in the draft even though there is no OT rated that high.
I must say I’m a bit surprised Warhop wasn’t released after his unit failed so miserably. But, did it fail because of his poor coaching or his questionable talent evaluation in recommending (which we assume) Cousins and Gilkey? He may have had nothing to do with the Collins and Dietrich-Smith signings. Perhaps the PR gang can offer some insight.
I’m still upset with not retaining earnest byner as our RB coach after the 2013 season. He was a tough, hard nosed RB for the browns for many successful years much like Nickerson was as a LB.the drop off in RB play was evident from Martin-Rainey-down to James. They weren’t the same backs they were in 2013- linemen aside. I expect a huge comeback from this group next year. As for arroyo..my madden playbook has more diversity than his…I think we ran the ball for the first play of the game 13+ games this year. Lovie signed an inexperienced staff from the top down and it showed. Our safety coach is his son- perhaps this had something to do with Barron’s departure. Lansanah seems to have blossomed under Nickerson…foster hasn’t excited anyone but he’s a decent option for next year. Byrd the DB coach prepared his guys well given the fact that guys signed off the street were in his meeting room. Agreed about Warhop- I live in cleveland and I’ve witnessed year after year failures of offensive lines under his supervision. Collins Cousins and gilkey should be absolutely not be on this roster. Sign davin Joseph back- he’s an UFA…he doesn’t have to start but he’s better than the garbage the Oline put on film last year (except Dotson- you’re a beast). If we don’t resign Adrian Clayborn I’ll be very upset…he has potential and a tenacity that was sorely lacking last year- he has the attitude of sapp on the field. Not to mention it will be another 1st round pick that we didn’t let develop (he’s had 3or4 Dcoordinators in his 4yr tenure). I’d like to see Glennon on our roster next year as well- smart,strong arm, 6’7″ QB trapped in arroyos offense with gilkey Collins and cousins as his blockers….LOL
Keeping Warhop is another stupid Lovie move. Now just keep McCown under center and keep telling us he gives us the best chance to win. He’s a joke.
I think those two individual did the best they could. But their are more qualied coachs out there. The new OC is a solid additional. Can you Imagine what Tampa will do this year with our new schedule.I’d see platyoffs in 2015-2016. I say picked Winston with pick #1.Trade the backup qb and another player or two to get another 2nd rd pick and trade backup in Rd-1 and select asnother prise rookie that will start for the bucs. Jameis Winston would be and Excellance pupil to learn from McGown with a new offensive line. I really believe that Winston is the real deaal. Again Look at the great Warren Sapp know one would take a chance on Him. He’s now is a Hall of Fame Player from the Bucs along with Lee Roy Selmon and Derrick Brooks.GO Bucs
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