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Bucs fired QBs coach Marcus Arroyo.
A first-year NFL assistant in 2014, Arroyo was thrust into play-calling duties after OC Jeff Tedford took ill in the summer. Arroyo didn't totally face-plant, but the results were predictably mediocre. With Dirk Koetter now calling the shots on offense, Arroyo was no longer needed. Still only 34 with over a decade of experience in the NCAA, Arroyo could be headed back to the college ranks. Fri, Jan 16, 2015 01:22:00 PM

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CBS Sports reports Falcons director of player personnel Lionel Vital remains the frontrunner to land the Bucs general manager job.

Vital had a second interview this week. He reportedly made a "strong impression" on coach Lovie Smith, who will have final say over the 53-man roster. Smith is looking for someone who has experience in college scouting and personnel matters. Other finalists for the job are the Giants' Marc Ross, Arizona's Jason Licht, and Tennessee's Lake Dawson. A decision could come by the weekend.
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Thu, Jan 16, 2014 01:41:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Bucs will interview Redskins director of player personnel Morocco Brown for their general-manager vacancy Friday.

Brown just wrapped up his sixth season on the job with the Redskins. He previously worked for the Bears, so he has a connection with coach Lovie Smith. Brown joins Atlanta's Lionel Vital, Tennessee's Lake Dawson, and the Giants' Marc Ross as known candidates for the GM opening in Tampa. Vital and Dawson will interview for the job on Saturday.
Fri, Jan 10, 2014 12:25:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Bucs will interview Titans VP of Player Personnel Lake Dawson for their general-manager vacancy Saturday.

Both Dawson and Falcons director of player personnel Lionel Vital, who is viewed as the favorite, will interview with the Bucs on Saturday. Dawson just wrapped up his seventh season with the Titans. He's a highly respected talent evaluator and oversees the Titans' college scouting department. The Bucs are intent on bringing in a person with a scouting background to serve as GM since coach Lovie Smith will have final word when it comes to the 53-man roster.
Fri, Jan 10, 2014 11:40:00 AM

According to the National Football Post's Jason Cole, the "word" is that Falcons director of player personnel Lionel Vital has the "inside track" on the Bucs' general manager job.

Vital head ups the Falcons' college scouting. Whoever lands the Bucs job will likely have a strong background in college scouting, as coach Lovie Smith has final say over the 53-man roster. Smith isn't going to have the necessary time to devote to college personnel. According to Cole, Redskins director of player personnel Morocco Brown is also candidate to replace Mark Dominik. The same is true of Giants vice president of player evaluation Marc Ross and Titans vice president of player personnel Lake Dawson.
Thu, Jan 9, 2014 03:23:00 PM

FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo reports the Bucs have requested to interview Giants vice president of player evaluation Marc Ross for their general-manager vacancy.

The National Football Post's Jason Cole first mentioned Ross as a possibility for the Bucs' GM spot last week, saying Ross could end up in Tampa Bay if Lovie Smith was hired as the head coach. Of course, Lovie got the job. Ross' background is in college scouting, which would make a good pairing with Lovie, since Lovie is expected to have final say over the 53-man roster. Ross interviewed for the Jets' and Bears' GM openings the past two seasons.
Wed, Jan 8, 2014 05:58:00 PM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports Chiefs director of player personnel Chris Ballard is the "leading candidate" to become the Buccaneers GM.

Ballard is wrapping up his first season in Kansas City. Previously, he spent 12 years in the Bears organization. So, obviously he has a connection with new Bucs head coach Lovie Smith. Ballard spent 11 seasons as a scout in Chicago and has very little decision-making experience. That would lead us to believe Smith is going to hold much of the "power" in Tampa Bay.
Fri, Jan 3, 2014 09:34:00 AM

According to Profootballtalk, "some league insiders believe" Bucs OC Mike Sullivan could be fired if coach Greg Schiano keeps his job.

In other words, Sullivan could be the fall guy for Tampa's largely uninspiring offense. It seems harsh considering Tampa is starting a rookie quarterback and has been without Doug Martin for over half the season, but so is life in the NFL. Sullivan has been linked to the head-coaching job at Army.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 09:42:00 AM

Bucs hired Ron Turner as QBs coach.

The move has been in the works for weeks, but didn't become official until Tuesday. The Colts QBs coach in 2011, Turner also oversaw the stalled development of both Kyle Orton and Rex Grossman as the Bears' offensive coordinator from 2005-09. His hiring isn't any sort of boon for Josh Freeman.
Tue, Mar 6, 2012 10:27:00 PM

Bucs hired Bob Bostad as offensive line coach.

Hired as the University of Pittsburgh's offensive coordinator in January, Bostad was with Wisconsin from 2006-11, where he coached the offensive line and coordinated the Badgers' explosive running game. He has never coached in the NFL. Greg Schiano will be leaning heavily on assistants who have primarily coached at the college level during his first season as an NFL head coach.
Sat, Feb 18, 2012 09:43:00 AM

Bucs hired former Giants QBs coach Mike Sullivan as offensive coordinator.

Sullivan is not a particularly well known NFL assistant, but he certainly made himself more interesting as the position coach during Eli Manning's best season. In Tampa Bay, Sullivan inherits a good deal of talent. Josh Freeman, who just turned 24, can expect top-notch tutoring. Mike Williams, 25 in May, projects as a strong long-term NFL No. 2 receiver if he keeps his head on straight. LeGarrette Blount could be Sullivan's version of Brandon Jacobs. Expect a vertical passing game and power rushing attack, like the system Kevin Gilbride runs in New York. Sullivan has learned under Gilbride since 2004.
Fri, Feb 10, 2012 09:21:00 PM

The Bucs are interviewing Giants QBs coach Mike Sullivan for their offensive coordinator vacancy on Friday.

Sullivan's pedigree improved during Eli Manning's career season in 2011. The Giants' quarterbacks coach for the past two seasons, Sullivan spent the previous six years coaching Giants wide receivers. The Buccaneers have had trouble filling both of their coordinator jobs (offensive and defensive) this winter.
Fri, Feb 10, 2012 01:48:00 PM

The Bucs will reportedly interview North Carolina OC John Shoop for their offensive coordinator job.

Shoop has plenty of NFL experience, serving as QBs coach and coordinator for the Raiders and Bears early last decade. He joins ex-Bears OC Ron Turner as candidates to join Greg Schiano's staff. The Bucs did add former Chiefs and 49ers OC Jimmy Raye as senior offensive assistant.
Wed, Feb 8, 2012 10:46:00 AM

Virginia OC Bill Lazor will reportedly stay with the Cavaliers rather than interviewing for the Bucs offensive coordinator vacancy.

The Charlottesville Daily Progress confirms that Lazor was a "candidate of interest" to the Bucs. After being turned down three times, the only name known to be on the Bucs' list is former Bears coordinator Ron Turner.
Wed, Feb 8, 2012 09:03:00 AM

The Bucs are reportedly interested in former Bears OC Ron Turner and University of Virginia OC Bill Lazor for the offensive coordinator position in Tampa.

New coach Greg Schiano is defensive-minded, so the coordinator will be charged with overseeing the continued development of Josh Freeman. Turner's history was mixed in Chicago, as Rex Grossman and Kyle Orton often held back a strong defense and special teams. Schiano has been blocked from interviewing Packers TEs coach Ben McAdoo and Cardinals WRs coach John McNulty for the job.
Tue, Feb 7, 2012 02:06:00 PM

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