Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Afternoon update: Ballard unlikely
By Pat Yasinskas
TAMPA, Fla. -- As the Buccaneers continue the overhaul of their coaching staff and front office, there are several developments worth noting.
Kansas City director of pro personnel Chris Ballard was rumored to be the favorite to land the spot as general manager. It made sense because Ballard worked for Chicago when new Tampa Bay coach Lovie Smith was with the Bears.
But Jason Cole reports that it now appears unlikely Ballard will be joining the Bucs. The problem is that Smith has been given final say on the 53-man roster. That means the general manager won't have full control. Without the prospect of full control, the Chiefs have the right to hold Ballard to his contract because the Tampa Bay job would qualify as a lateral move.
Also on the general manager front, there's a report that Atlanta personnel director Lionel Vital will interview with the Bucs. Other candidates also could emerge.
Oakland Raiders scout Larry Marmie reportedly resigned his position for an unspecified job with the Bucs. Marmie, who has deep ties to Smith, has experience in both coaching and scouting.
In other news, the Bucs reportedly have added Marcus Arroyo as quarterbacks coach. Arroyo has experience as a college quarterback, quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator.