TAMPA — While it's still early in the evaluation process, new Bucs quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo said he likes what he has seen from Mike Glennon.
"Obviously, you're looking at the production," he said. "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? 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 and on."
Arroyo, 33, who played quarterback at San Jose State, worked with new offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford at Cal. He said they see "eye to eye" on how to teach and motivate quarterbacks.
HARDY BOY: Linebackers coach Hardy Nickerson, a former Bucs standout, mentored former LB Derrick Brooks and hopes he gets elected to the Hall of Fame on Saturday. "He became one of the best ever," Nickerson said, "so I feel kind of proud about that; being that older guy and being in a room with him when he was a young player and helping him see what it's like to be a pro and how to handle things. Man, he's just taken it to another level."
JUST FOR KICKS: Special teams coordinator Kevin O'Dea, who most recently coached for the Chiefs (2013) and Bears (2011-12), said it's important to have a difference-maker in the return game. WR Eric Page handled most punts and kickoffs this season. But two dynamic returners can become free agents, Devin Hester (Bears) and Largo High grad Dexter McCluster (Chiefs). O'Dea has coached both.
REVIS talk: Cornerbacks coach Gill Byrd echoed coach Lovie Smith's sentiments that CB Darrelle Revis would fit in any defensive system, including the Tampa 2. "The defense we run is known as Tampa 2," Byrd said. "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."
ON THE LINE: Defensive line coach Joe Cullen likes the foundation the Bucs have up front, including Pro Bowl DT Gerald McCoy. "The sky is the limit," Cullen said. Cullen is also a fan of DE Da'Quan Bowers, saying defensive linemen flourish beginning in their third season. When asked about stunts by linemen, Cullen said they will be used at times but the main thing will be playing to their strengths and talents.
DOUBLE TROUBLE: Running backs coach Tim Spencer, who worked with Smith for several years in Chicago, said he favors using multiple backs as opposed to having one — such as Doug Martin — carry the entire load. And Spencer likes the variety of backs the Bucs have (Martin, Mike James, Bobby Rainey). "I think you've got to have two guys. You want to have two guys," Spencer said. "Because 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."
Joe Smith can be reached at [email protected]m. Follow him on Twitter @TBTimes_JSmith.