For Bucs fans, you might as well get used to the name Marcus Arroyo. With Jeff Tedford out as offensive coordinator for the foreseeable future with a heart condition, Arroyo will continue to call plays on offense as he has done in the 1st three games of the season for the Bucs.
“We’re going on as if Jeff isn’t coming back," Lovie Smith said of Jeff Tedford's return at his press conference on Wednesday. "This group is what we’re going with right now.”
Arroyo has headed an offense that is currently 30th in the NFL in total offense and dead last in passing offense. However, Arroyo refuses to give into what defenses don't give them.
Following the Bucs 1st loss of the season to the Panthers, Arroyo said that he would not call fade routes down the field unless they "presented them self." In essence, Arroyo is saying that the opposing defense dictates what he wants to run on offense, rather than him dictating to the defense what he is going to run.
On Wednesday, he echoed those comments again on the offense's failure to take shots down the field.
"It's easier to dictate what you can do down the field based on the coverage and the defense," Arroyo said. "It's hard to throw it down the field into coverage, if that makes sense.”
It actually does not make sense.
We are currently in an era of the NFL where every rule is in favor of the offenses around the league taking shots down the field. The success rate on passes down the field by the offense is through the roof with the possibility of either catching the pass or having a penalty called on the defensive player. It is irresponsible of any offensive coordinator to not call at least five shots down the field no matter what coverage that defense is showing you.
Let's also remember that, other than the Bears and Cardinals, Bucs WRs Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson are built to go down the field and win by either catching said pass or drawing a foul. Again, irresponsible of the offensive coordinator to not take advantage of this.
Of course, we can't only assume that this would be on Arroyo. As he said on Wednesday, the head coach has a large say in the offense as well.
"“The head coach has veto power on everything.”
It should not matter who has the final say, the fact is that the Bucs start using these "weapons" that they have invested a large amount of money and high draft picks in. If they do not, much like their season, they will be a waste.
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