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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