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.
Tim Spencer, BTW, told me he's planning to rejoin Lovie Smith in Tampa next season.
— Jeff Rapp (@RappUp) January 4, 2014
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.
— Alex Marvez (@alexmarvez) January 4, 2014
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.
Look for #Bucs and Lovie Smith to hire Kevin O'Dea as special teams coordinator. O'Dea has worked for Smith in Chicago, and in Tampa before.
— Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) January 4, 2014
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.