The Bucs offense under Lovie Smith has not been what most expected since Jeff Tedford's abrupt departure. Interim offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo has been put into a tough spot, but it appears the Bucs will look to bring in yet another offensive coordinator this off-season.
According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the Bucs could look to make a splash this off-season with a proven offensive coordinator."With Tampa falling well short of renewed expectations in coach Lovie Smith's first season at the helm, the team is expected to remain very active in trying to fill many voids, and the team will also very likely be in the market for a proven offensive coordinator after the season as well, with health problems forcing Jeff Tedford to miss all of this season. The offensive staff has been undermanned and scrambling without the play caller on the job."
The Buccaneers offense is currently 28th in total offense, and while Mike Evans has been stellar recently, there have been serious issues on that side of the ball.
Current interim offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo has been put into a tough spot in his attempt to fill in for Jeff Tedford. Arroyo seems to be improving slightly as a play caller, but it has been clear that he has been in over his head as an offensive coordinator in the NFL. If Tedford is indeed gone for good, and that's been my assumption the entire time, the Bucs need to bring in a new man to run the offense.
I will address specific names the Bucs could target as offensive coordinator in an article for members of BucsBlitz.com, but some prerequisites should be obvious. As Jason La Canfora pointed out, Lovie Smith will want a proven offensive coordinator to come in and run his offense. I'd think the Bucs would look to coaches who have run offenses in the past and not go with an up and coming assistant coach.
The Bucs might also be in a position to hire a new coordinator that might fit the type of quarterback they intend to draft. If the Bucs end up with a high draft choice or intend to trade up for a specific quarterback, they could pick the precise coordinator who runs a style of offense that fits that quarterback's skill set. The example here is the unique skill set of Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota.
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