Lovie Smith’s Offensive Failures Start with Marcus Arroyo

NFL NEWS: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

While Lovie Smith and Leslie Frazier could buy themselves another year with their prior success, Marcus Arroyo may not be so lucky.

Make no mistake, the 1-7 Bucs are an awful team. Here are reasons why the interim offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach may be the first coaching casualty of the Smith regime.

Smith’s Offensive Reputation

One of the major reasons why Smith was fired from the Chicago Bears in 2012 was his lack of offensive production. Despite numerous playoff appearances including a Super Bowl appearance, he shares the reputation of not being offensively-minded enough along with his former mentor and predecessor Tony Dungy, who lost in consecutive wild card rounds to the Philadelphia Eagles before being fired, himself as Bucs coach.

Arroyo’s the Scapegoat for His Lack of Execution with Play Calling

Smith recruited Jeff Tedford from University of California to be his offensive coordinator, who then brought Arroyo in tow. Arroyo was previously Tedford’s quarterbacks coach/pass game coordinator at UC before leaving to be offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach at University of Southern Mississippi. Arroyo’s 10 years of coaching experience doesn’t include any in the NFL.

Arroyo’s collegiate success is not translating at the NFL level. The Bucs rank 26th overall in the pass averaging 214.1 yards a game and 29th overall rushing on offense with 89.8 yards a game, which is good for 31st in the NFL. The Bucs are only better than the winless Oakland Raiders.

Smith May Have to Cede Control to Save His Job

Smith and Frazier’s prior success should at least buy them one more year in theory. The inexperienced Greg Schiano was afforded two, at least, and won three more on his way out. Given the way things were with Tedford’s health and Arroyo’s ineffectiveness, both may have to go. The franchise’s defensive development has also taken a step back with the team drafting all offensive players.

One name who can come in could be Mike Martz, who Smith was acclimated since his days with the St. Louis Rams and later the Bears. Smith was Martz’s defensive coordinator during his time with the Rams from 2000-2003 while Martz was Smith’s offensive coordinator from 2010-2011 with the Bears.

The lack of experience, effective coaching and discipline puts Arroyo behind the eight-ball.


About Tom

Tom Chang is a freelance journalist with a background in multimedia journalism and web publishing. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of South Florida St.Petersburg. He graduated in 2004 with a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communications at USF Tampa. Tom's interests include a little bit of everything from entertainment to sports. He also wishes to delve into creative writing writing sci-fi/fantasy stories. Tom was recently the Online Editor for USF St. Petersburg's the Crow's Nest, he joined the staff in January 2010 where he started freelance writing, photographing, copy editing and later became a staff writer. Tom’s freelance experience in journalism amassed a wide range of companies including Creative Loafing, The Focus Magazine, Lutz News, Examiner.com, and Tampa Tribune.
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