As the Buccaneers enter this off-season, the first move the franchise needs to make is to bring in a qualified offensive coordinator to put an offense with Lovie Smith's defense. After the Jeff Tedford debacle and possessing as inept an offense as you could find in 2014, Lovie Smith and the Bucs must get this hire right.
On Monday, the Bears parted ways with the man who replaced Lovie Smith in Chicago. Marc Trestman brought the offense that Lovie never had to Chicago, but could not get over the Jay Cutler hurdle. Despite Trestman's reputation of developing quarterbacks, Jay Cutler might be too tough a challenge for anyone to succeed with.
Could the pairing of Lovie smith's defense with Marc Trestman's offensive mind be the perfect fit in Tampa?
Trestman does seem to run the style of offense that Lovie Smith likes. Trestman brings a pro-style offense with a balanced attack. Trestman had a lot of success with Matt Forte on the ground, but mostly through the air in 2014 as Forte ended with 102 receptions, which is an NFL record for a running back. With Charles Sims' strength being his receiving skills, a necessary piece might already be in place.
A hiring of Trestman as offensive coordinator might, and I stress the word "MIGHT," tip the Bucs hand as to where they'd like to go in the NFL Draft. Trestman's pro-style offense would actually be better suited for Jameis Winston than it would for Marcus Mariota. Mariota does not take snaps under center and is extremely raw in reading a defense and pass coverages that a quarterback in a pro-style offense must do. With Jameis Winston's experience being in a Trestman style offense at Florida State and Winston having much more experience going through progressions and reading coverages, pairing Trestman with Winston might not be a bad option for the Bucs.
With that said, I am in no means saying that Mariota can't fit into a Trestman offense over time, but it will take time. Drafting Mariota for a pro-style offense might take a year or more for him to develop, which would mean more of Josh McCown.
Trestman is one of many choices the Bucs could make at offensive coordinator.
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