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Hometown Report: Losing seasons as QB coach not easy for former Colfax star Marcus Arroyo

Joe Davidson
Joe Davidson

Losing was once a foreign word for Marcus Arroyo.

He quarterbacked Colfax High School to football championships in the mid-1990s and played at San Jose State, setting records that still stand. He then got into coaching. Lately, bad teams and losing seasons have been the unwanted theme for Arroyo, from one coast to the other.

Arroyo is the quarterbacks coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, suddenly thrust into the role of lead play-caller after offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford took an indefinite medical leave of absence this week to recover from a preseason heart procedure. Arroyo was already the primary play-caller for the Bucs this season, with Tedford perched in the coach’s box. Tampa Bay has staggered to an 0-3 start and ranks 30th in the NFL in total offense and last in passing.

How bleak has it been for Arroyo? His teams have lost 19 of their last 20 games, including an 0-6 run at Cal to end the 2012 campaign and a 1-11 showing at Southern Miss last season.

Tampa Bay coach Lovie Smith said the Bucs’ offensive woes are not the responsibility of any one coach, telling reporters this week: “None of us has done our job good enough – coaches, players and all. We just need to execute.”

Cartwright challenge

Bill Cartwright (Elk Grove), the one-time Chicago Bulls player and coach, was named the coach of Mexico’s national team. How bad did Mexico want the five-time NBA champion on its bench? Mexican league officials didn’t even meet with Cartwright in person. They just hired him.

Cartwright was 51-100 as Bulls coach from 2001 to 2003 and was later hired in the middle of a tumultuous 5-19 season for Osaka Evessa in Japan. Osaka Evessa had already gone through two coaches that season before Cartwright stabilized matters, winning 17 of the final 28 games.

Mexico placed 14th of 24 teams at the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain, its first such appearance in 40 years.

Petersen adjusts

Washington, behind first-year coach Chris Petersen (Yuba City, Sacramento City, UC Davis) can move to 5-0 for the first time since 1992 with a victory today against visiting Stanford. The Huskies have had encouraging moments on defense, particularly linebacker Shaq Thompson (Grant). But Washington was booed at home in the first half against Georgia State, which led 14-0 before the Huskies won 45-14, prompting Petersen to say: “Hey, I would have been booing us, too. I was booing myself, going, ‘Yeah, it is bad.’ ”

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