Dark Horse Candidate for QB Coach

The Buccaneers released quarterbacks coach and interim offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo on Friday. The move was expected after the Bucs’ offense -- which ranked 30th in total offense -- struggled to get anything going throughout the season. Arroyo was in an unfortunate position after he took over the playcalling duties from Jeff Tedford.

The Buccaneers released quarterbacks coach and interim offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo on Friday. The move was expected after the Bucs’ offense -- which ranked 30th in total offense -- struggled to get anything going throughout the season. Arroyo was in an unfortunate position after he took over the playcalling duties from Jeff Tedford. But Tampa Bay now finds themselves looking to fill another coaching vacancy.

New offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter has been linked to potentially reaching out to Atlanta’s quarterbacks coach Glenn Thomas, who worked with Koetter the past three seasons. However, the Buccaneers seem to be leaning towards a veteran filled coaching staff and Thomas has seven total seasons in the NFL. All with Atlanta.

One name the Bucs could target is Denver Broncos’ quarterbacks coach Greg Knapp, who is likely to be out of a job following once they decide on a new head coach.

Knapp, 51, has been coaching in the NFL since 1995. His resume is impressive as he has held offensive coordinator and quarterback coach positions throughout his career. He has worked with quarterbacks like Steve Young, Jeff Garcia, Michael Vick, and current Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown in 2007 with the Oakland Raiders. Knapp was heavily credited for the coaching job he did on 2011 Houston Texans’ rookie quarterback T.J. Yates. After injuries to Matt Schaub and Matt Lienart, Yates was forced into the starting role and helped Houston reach the playoffs for the first time in team history as well as a first-round win. And of course, Knapp recently worked with Peyton Manning in Denver.

Knapp has been tied to former Broncos’ coach John Fox who was just hired by the Chicago Bears. Reports out of Chicago say Fox is looking to fill his staff quickly and they suggest he may bring Knapp into Chicago with him. However, there have been signs of that happening.

Another candidate that has also been mentioned has been former Oakland Raiders’ offensive coordinator Greg Olsen, who was also with the Bucs from 2008 to 2011 in the same position. Unfortunately, Olsen has been pursued by the Jacksonville Jaguars for their offensive coordinator position and it’s believed that is the role he is looking for.

Knapp may be the best fit for the Bucs. His work with good veteran quarterbacks and a rookie he helped coach into the playoffs are great credentials for a team that is in search of a coach who may be in charge of coaching a rookie quarterback in 2015. Couple that with with Tampa Bay could be looking for in their next quarterbacks coach and Knapp fits the profile.

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