The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced on Friday that they have named Mike Bajakian the new quarterbacks coach. Bajakian, who takes over for Marcus Arroyo, comes to Tampa Bay from the University of Tennessee, where he was the team’s offensive coordinator the past two seasons.
The Volunteers won the 2105 Taxslayer Bowl after going 4-1 in the final five games of the season behind the play of freshman quarterback Joshua Dobbs. Under Bajakian’s tutelage, Dobbs set a Tennessee single-game record for rushing yards by a quarterback in a win over South Carolina. The team also tied a school record in the game, racking up 645 yards of offense.
Bajakian has previously worked in the NFL, working as offensive quality control for three seasons (2004-06) under current Buccaneers Head Coach Lovie Smith. He was a member of the 2006 Chicago Bears team that won the NFC Championship and played in Super Bowl XLI.
Judging by Bajakian’s experience with versatile quarterbacks, his hiring may be a signal that the Buccaneers are interested in Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota.Read more... Join the Conversation...