Buccaneers part ways with Marcus Arroyo

The Buccaneers didn’t intend for Marcus Arroyo to be their offensive coordinator in 2014, but the health circumstances that forced Jeff Tedford to leave the team thrust Arroyo up the ladder from quarterbacks coach.

Tedford won’t be back with the team in 2015 and neither will Arroyo. Arroyo released a statement, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, on Friday announcing that he and the team are parting ways.

“I just want to thank Lovie Smith, Jason Licht, the Glazer family and the entire Buccaneer organization. I appreciated the opportunity to come in as a quarterbacks coach and I accepted the additional work and responsibilities for game planning placed upon me unexpectedly after Jeff’s illness. Despite these difficult circumstances, I enjoyed my time here very much. I am certainly looking forward to continuing my coaching career in the NFL and this experience will prove invaluable.”

Tampa has hired former Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter to run their offense in 2015. He’ll be charged with boosting one of the league’s worst units, likely with the help of either Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota thanks to Tampa’s leadoff spot in this year’s NFL Draft.

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23 responses to “Buccaneers part ways with Marcus Arroyo

  1. Thrown in raw, over worked, underpaid, then given the boot.. Thought they would at least keep him as qb coach.

    Classy move.

  2. And the Lovie Smith meat grinder of assistant coaches grinds on.

    It’s not exactly Arroyo’s fault he was promoted above his competency, yet he takes the fall. And people wonder why Lovie can never put a top-shelf staff together.

  3. I wish him all the best.

    He was left in a bad situation at the beginning of the season and probably had the worst O-Line in the league to gameplan around.

    He will do a good job somewhere.

  4. Tough deal for a guy who really only did his best in a job way above his pay grade. Hope he gets a job elsewhere.

  5. Goes from being a QB coach in college to an offensive coordinator on a bad NFL team. Horrible situation for him to be in and he had basically no chance, but not surprising a new OC doesn’t want to keep him around.

  6. This is more a result of a new offensive coordinator than commentary on Arroyo’s performance. The OC and QB coach should be on the same page as much as possible.

  7. If he does poorly it’s a bad situation but if he performs well it’s an amazing opportunity. He just wasn’t cut out for it at this time but there are plenty of assistants out there that would love the opportunity Marcus had. Best of luck to him.

  8. Boo hoo everyone feels sorry for him. He had the chance of a lifetime opportunity and he proved that he was not up to challenge. Coaches wait forever for that chance. Please. hes not been done wrong you get a chance you run with it

  9. I wish him the best. He did the best he could under the circumstances. New OC will want to bring in his choice of QB coach so this was expected. Who he hires will give us a clue if they will go Mariota (my choice) or Winston.

  10. For my money, John McKay is still the best the Buc’s ever had. He could out coach Schiano now and he’s been dead for 13 years 7 months and 6 days. Shoot, they wouldn’t even have to pay him what Schiano gets for the head coaches version of riding the pine. Now that I think about it, it does seem fitting the Buc’s are paying him not to coach. There is some team out there, however not in the NFL, that should be eternally grateful.

  11. he should not feel bad, he joins the long list of guys who never last more than a year with Lovie as an oc. Koetter will join him at the end of next season after he dares try and run something more than Lovie’s beloved get off the bus running system. we don’t need to throw the ball down field, we are up 3-0 and the defense will hold them now hand the ball off and shut up!

  12. Let Koetter pick his own QB coach. Arroyo fit Tedford’s style, and we all know how that turned out.

  13. He seems like a good guy. Wasn’t ready for what was thrust upon him. Hope he gets another shot somewhere else.

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