After NAILING their biggest and most important staff addition in Head Coach, Bruce Arians, the front office has been busy. Arians has not taken a breath since settling in to One Buc Place before getting his own, hand-picked “crewe” in place. The latest hire is going to be one who will be luckily be the coach to oversee one of the league’s best cores. Wide Receivers Coach, Kevin Garver.
From the Desert to the Bay
After spending the last six seasons at Temple as the wide receivers coach for the Cardinals, Garver rejoins Arians and fellow Cardinal alumni in relocating across the gulf to Tampa Bay where he will get to work directly with one of the league’s most potent wide receiver cores. From 2013 to 2016, Garver was the offensive assistant and quality control coach under Arians where he worked directly with offensive coordinator (and now Buccaneers assistant head coach/run game coordinator) Harold Goodwin.
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Working with G.O.A.T’s
In 2017, he was moved to the assistant wide receivers coach and finally in 2018 he became the wide receivers coach where he was well known to be very close to future Hall of Famer Larry Fitzgerald. So close in fact that the Cardinals had initially blocked interview requests for other opportunities. One known location was for the Seattle Seahawks.
The relationship with Fitzgerald alone is enough to infuse confidence in what he can bring to an established star in Mike Evans and a young and developing talent in Chris Godwin, but the idea that a team in need of a firm rebuild who covets a guy like Garver enough to do whatever they can to retain his services, should speak volumes in to his legitimacy as a coach.
Hitting the Ground Running
Bucs fans should rest easy knowing that the three, maybe four, returning wide receivers that finished in the top 30 of fantasy production will likely not lose a step in their progression with a “No Risk It” offense and a positions coach who knows how to utilize the receivers in the Arians attack mode mindset.
Dirk Koetter’s 2017-18 high flying offense was productive, but it may not be the ceiling. We may just find out how high this team can go in 2019. Be excited Buccaneers fans. Be very excited.