The Buccaneers knew when former offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford was granted a medical leave of absence back in September that they would be in the market for a new coordinator once the season ended. Head coach Lovie Smith told the media on Monday he didn’t wait until Monday to get a head start.

“Since we didn’t have an offensive coordinator throughout the season, I knew – as the year went along, the plan initially was to have an offensive coordinator on our staff,” Smith said. “So I’ve been looking throughout. Of course evaluating coaches on my staff and, of course, I’m a football fan, just looking what’s happening in our profession too. Of course after the season, that’s one of the first orders of business, to see who all is available. It’s just not as simple as that. There are a lot of people I’d like to talk to. I want to talk to as many people as I possibly can to get the right fit for us. But we have coaches in the playoffs that can’t talk and different things like that. But I’ll just say the process has begun.”

Smith told the local media he would like to get the coordinator in place sooner rather than later.

“Yes, as soon as possible,” Smith said. “I mean, that’s it as far as the timeframe. We’re not playing a game tomorrow or anything like that, but I’d like to get the staff in place really as soon as possible. But at the same time, not rushing anything – we have time. So I’m going to take my time and use this opportunity, as I said, to talk to as many people as I possibly can and go from there.”

Tampa Bay securing the overall No. 1 pick in next May’s NFL Draft helps in numerous ways. For one, the Bucs don’t have to worry about a team jumping them in a trade. And if the Bucs are leaning towards a quarterback with that first pick, they can look to hire an offensive coordinator that fits the strength’s of that player, particularly if it is Oregon’s Marcus Mariota. Smith agreed that it could play into who is hired.

“That will definitely be a part of it,” Smith said. “Again, if you have to be down where we are right now, to have a chance to – I mean, we start the domino effect as far as the draft is concerned. To me, it should be an attractive job for guys out there and that will affect it a little bit, but it’s not like we will reinvent how football is played or anything like that. There are certain parameters that I’m looking for in an offense coordinator and I think we’ll be able to get those.”

After the debacle of Jeff Jagodzinski and Jeff Tedford, both of whom came from the college ranks, Smith was asked if hiring an offensive coordinator from the pros would be a priority.

“I would like to get the best offensive coordinator,” Smith said. “I just don’t think you put yourself in a box. You look and you talk to as many people as possible. Every guy in the NFL was once in college, so I don’t think you can close the door on that. So I’m just going to – all available guys that I think we should talk to that would give us a chance to be successful offensively, I think I owe it to our organization to talk to them.”

Some question how involved Smith is with the offense itself, even to the point where some fans have speculated that Smith may have created friction with Tedford leading to the nasty divorce earlier this season. But on Monday Smith was clear he most certainly has some parameters of expectations, but doesn’t meddle with the game plan.

“Of course I’m going to give him specific things that I want him to do,” Smith said. “Do you want to know those specific things? We want to have balance and we want a productive offense. That’s a pretty wide variety, direction of range on what we want to do. Contrary to public opinion, for some, I don’t want to run the ball out of a 100 play game, I don’t want to run it 99 times from there, and we just want balance. As I look for once, I’m keeping all options open, from spread looks to – again, I just want to be able to run and pass the football when we need to and when we want to. It’s kind of as simple as that and as we mold this Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense together, it’s not like I’m going to be over the guy’s shoulder saying ‘Hey, do this or do that.’ I’ve given offensive coordinators that I’ve had a lot of full range to implement their system.”

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.”

 

 

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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, the beach and family time.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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KINDERRT
KINDERRT
6 years ago

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!

Uncle Stan
Uncle Stan
Reply to  KINDERRT
6 years ago

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”.

kaymbee
kaymbee
6 years ago

Quote 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… Read more »

WeAretheChamps2002
WeAretheChamps2002
Reply to  kaymbee
6 years ago

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.

scubog
scubog
Reply to  kaymbee
6 years ago

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.… Read more »

bucjoe
bucjoe
6 years ago

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.

Horse
Horse
6 years ago

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

buclover1988
buclover1988
Reply to  Horse
6 years ago

I love that idea horse

Horse
Horse
6 years ago

Now the OL Coach is a whole other issue.

bEubanks11
bEubanks11
6 years ago

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.

bEubanks11
bEubanks11
6 years ago

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

Neubi
Neubi
6 years ago

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”

macabee
macabee
Reply to  Neubi
6 years ago

Neubi,

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

macabee
macabee
6 years ago

(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… Read more »

surferdudes
surferdudes
6 years ago

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… Read more »

martinii
martinii
6 years ago

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.

pinkstob
pinkstob
6 years ago

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.

Garv
Garv
6 years ago

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… Read more »

KINDERRT
KINDERRT
6 years ago

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.

macabee
macabee
6 years ago

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.

tjhuth
tjhuth
6 years ago

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.

tjhuth
tjhuth
6 years ago

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.

Biff Barker
Biff Barker
6 years ago

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.

Horse
Horse
6 years ago

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.

surferdudes
surferdudes
6 years ago

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?

macabee
macabee
Reply to  surferdudes
6 years ago

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.

KINDERRT
KINDERRT
6 years ago

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.