New QB coach raves about Glennon, plus more notes from assistants
The Bucs made all their new assistant coaches available for the first time Wednesday afternoon, and there were plenty of different insights gleaned from them.
For example, while it's still early in the evaluation process for all of them, new quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo had a lot of praise for Bucs quarterback Mike Glennon.
"Obviously you're looking at the production, you're looking at the things he does in the pocket, looking at what kind of throw inventory he has, what kind of arm strength he has, what kind of accuracy short, what kind of accuracy long, how does he do on third down, how does he do in critical situations, how does he do when he's behind?" Arroyo said. "The things that stick out in those situations that you're seeing on tape are all promising.
"He stands in the pocket well, he delivers the ball. He's got a lot of inventory of passes. He can throw, has got a strong arm. He seems cerebral. I can go on."
Arroyo, 33, who played quarterback at San Jose State, worked with new offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford at Cal, pointing out they see "eye to eye" on how to teach and motivate quarterbacks, using different types of methods. Arroyo does point out that it's valuable to have a "mentor" for a young quarterback, whether that's a veteran No. 2 or an assistant coach.
Some other notes from the assistants:
*Cornerbacks coach Gil Byrd echoed coach Lovie Smith's sentiments that Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis would fit in any system, even the Tampa 2. "The defense we run is known as Tampa 2, but we do run multiple defenses and players have to have multiple skills to function in our defense, and Darrelle Revis has those skills to do the things we want done."
*Special teams coordinator Kevin O'Dea, who coached for the Bears and Chiefs the past two seasons, said it's really important to have a difference-maker in the return game."That guy is a high priority," he said. He had a couple in Devin Hester and Dester McCluster. Could be interesting to see if the Bucs address this area in free agency, where Hester and McCluster might be available.
*Defensive line coach Joe Cullen likes the foundation they have up front, with DT Gerald McCoy, who is coming into his own and the "sky is the limit." Cullen is also a big fan of DE Da'Quan Bowers, saying the third year is really when defensive linemen flourish. When asked about the controversial stunts, Cullen said they will be used at times, but will play to their strengths/talents.
*Running backs coach Tim Spencer, who worked with Smith for several years in Chicago, said he's in favor of using multiple backs, as opposed to having one - like a Doug Martin - carry the entire load. That's what they did in Chicago, so expect that to happen here, and Spencer likes the variety of backs the Bucs have (Mike James, Bobby Rainey).
"I think you've got to have two guys, you want to have two guys," Spencer said. "You want to have a 1 and 2 or a 1 and a 1, cause as it gets toward the end of the season, those hits start to add up and I always like to there to be a little bit of competition. You always want a guy to be on his heels."
*New offensive line coach George Warhop says he wants his group to be "tough, nasty and smart."
Warhop has worked with a bevy of talented lineman in his career, from Orlando Pace to Larry Allen, saying they all had similar qualities. "I've been fortunate to work with some outstanding guys," Warhop said. "Larry Allen was probably the best player I've ever coached. Flozell Adams was an oustanding player. Joe Thomas I had in Cleveland, he's probably the best left tackle in the league and will be probably for a number of years to come. So in terms of quality players, Orlando was just the first. But they're all unique, but all the same in how they approach the game, very smart, very professional and very consistent."