At the moment, the Buccaneers don’t have a quarterback.
But they can’t help but think this year will be better, if only because they have a plan and a full staff.
Bucs center Evan Dietrich-Smith told Alex Marvez of FOX Sports and Bill Polian on SiriusXM NFL radio that the absence of offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford last year was a hurdle the Bucs were never able to overcome.
“We were really trying to find ourselves all year, and I don’t think we ever really got a foothold on that. It’s tough,” Dietrich-Smith said. “It’s like somebody gave you a box, and the box was full of things, with a picture on the side like a kids toy set.
“And then you open the box and there’s no directions and they tell you to put it together. That’s kind of how it was. We were sitting back and staring and we never really got it quite right.”
When Tedford stepped away for medical reasons last year, they pushed quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo into a play-calling role, but never replaced the position.
Having offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter in house should help now, as he’ll bring a set of directions on offense that has clearly worked in the past.
Assuming they add the right part at quarterback, they might actually be able to build something this year.