Dec. 23, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA: Chicago Bears running backs coach Tim Spencer against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Bears defeated the Cardinals 28-13. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Lovie Smith’s Staff Falling Into Place: QB Coach, RB Coach and Special Teams Coach Rumors


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have the outline of a full staff in place less than a week after dismissing their previous head coach, as Lovie Smith’s vast connections across the football landscape have allowed him to move quickly and hire the guys he wants to round out his staff.

One such addition is running backs coach Tim Spencer, who is a former running back who coached under Smith with the Bears for nine years after spending 10 years at Ohio State in the same role.

During his time in Chicago, he coached Thomas Jones and Matt Forte to some successful seasons.

Another rumored coaching addition is Southern Miss Offensive Coordinator Marcus Arroyo, who at only 33 years old figures to be the youngest member of the staff. Arroyo has very little experience at a high level of coaching, and his connection to the Buccaneers comes through new offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford.

Arroyo has never been able to coach with a wealth of talent at his disposal, so this is truly a “trust Jeff Tedford” decision.

And finally, the Buccaneers will reportedly pursue Kevin O’Dea to be special teams coordinator.

He’s been a coach in the NFL since 1994, and had a stop in Tampa Bay before winding up with Lovie Smith in Chicago and now currently serving as an assistant special teams coach in Kansas City.

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  • legion of boom

    I trust they will make all the right moves…Bucs fan since selling hotdogs n peanuts in the old sombrero

  • Rob Clement

    O’Dea probably makes it even more likely Tampa takes a stab at bringing in McCluster. Would be a great fit on Offense and Special teams

  • Tom Weissmann

    I haven’t been this excited about Tampa’s coaching staff since the Dungy and Gruden days. I’m glad we have a coach who has great connections all across the league and is definitely showing.

  • victorbarney

    After being a Bucs fan since Greg Spires played for Tampa, I’m finally excited about getting the management that Tampa Bay always has needed finally being put in place. Watch…

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