When the 2014 season mercifully comes to an end next Sunday around 4 p.m. the general consensus is the Buccaneers will post a sign on the front lawn in search of a new offensive coordinator. Speaking on Tuesday, acting offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo made no excuses for the Bucs offensive performance, but thinks like all rookies, he has done some stuff well and other things he would like to have a re-do on.
“The situation is what it is. The cards – we deal with [the hand we’re dealt] and that’s the way it goes,” Arroyo said. “That’s the way it goes sometimes. I’ve mentioned early on I’ve been through a lot of stuff personally and that’s just the way it is. You’ve just got to get through it. You’ve got to be – obviously have a good attitude, make no excuses for it, really look yourself in the mirror and see if you can have a chance to get up and say that you’re proud of the way you worked and went forward and had a great attitude working with your guys and working together and finding ways to get better. I think obviously as a competitor and someone who’s really trying to get things done and really finding a lot of the things you do and trying to get things exactly right, you’re disappointed in the way that you handled some situations, you’re excited about the other way that you did some things. But I’m no different than any other rookie in my opinion. I’ve got a lot of things on my list that I know I want to really make really well. There are some things that I really like that I’ve done. But those things are really the last thing I’m thinking about.”
The Jeff Tedford debacle has been written and discussed to the point of over-saturation, but quarterback Josh McCown said on Tuesday he has admiration for Arroyo’s work ethic and attitude during a rough transition.
“I’ll tell you what, I have so much respect for him because, just what you said, he’s taken on a lot,” McCown said. “He’s never complained once. He’s kind of wearing two hats and he is working his tail off and spends a lot of time up here and does so many little things that people don’t know about to try to help us. As a player, it hurts you that we don’t get the results, because you want to play for guys like that, you want to see positive things happen for people like that. I believe that will happen for him at some point and I know he has learned a lot. But I have so much respect for him and I’m better for being around him this year and getting to watch him handle what he’s handled and he certainly has grown, no doubt about it, from Week 1 to now. To be in that situation and to take two receivers over 1,000 yards, that’s kind of a cool thing for him, all things considered. But, more than anything, just his attitude has been so encouraging. It’s been cool to be around him.”
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, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Honestly..this is more reason to dislike Lovie Smith more than I aleady do. He lets Arroyo be the “fall guy” for a DISASTROUS season that is 100% on Lovie Smith. He saw an excuse for his incompetence and let Arroyo take the bullet…I have more respect for Arroyo than I do for Smith.
I’ve always believed that when a person is given a job he is ill equipped to perform, any failure falls at the feet of the one who mistakenly cast him in the role. Here, the Bucs had ample time to bring in an interim OC with experience that would have at least had a semblance of credibility. But is this on Lovie or also Jason Licht who seems to be like teflon around here? Like McCown, I give Arroyo a lot of credit for his effort. But I also expected the offense to improve over the course of the season as he learned how to swim while on the verge of drowning. Sadly, things got worse. Plenty of blame to go around so don’t neglect to throw some stink on the GM who has been somewhat incognito (pun intended)lately.
It’s hard to fault a G.M. who was hand picked by the coach! The all powerful Lovie has final say, so he really is to blame. He was wrong about most F.A.’s including the big one McClown. Maybe this was a good thing, maybe the Glazers take some decision making away. Lovie made a bad team worse, with possibly the #1 pick, would you give him final say? If I’m team Glazer, I’d be making that call.
Dungy was stubborn and loyal to his offensive coordinators even when they weren’t producing. Let’s hope that Lovie doesn’t follow in his footsteps. He needs to hire an effective and experienced OC who can design an offense around whoever the Bucs draft as quarterback. Otherwise, he will suffer Dungy’s fate.
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