Whirlwind day continues to get stranger at One Buc Place. Hours after the demotion of defensive coordinator Jim Bates, the Buccaneers have now extended offensive coordinator Greg Olson. Olson has guided the Bucs to a 29th overall ranking in total offense. The team is averaging 16.4 points per game, 100.7 rushing yards per game and 169.8 passing yards per game in 2009. Olson’s contract was set to expire at the end of this season, but the Bucs have gone ahead for the sake of continuity and stability and extended it. Presumably, the logic is to allow rookie quarterback Josh Freeman to start building on the continuity he’s started with Olson. But more importantly the decision is solely based on the development of Freeman, who’s in his first year and already on his second offensive coordinator and second offensive scheme.
In Other News:
The Buccaneers announced today that they have signed QB Rudy Carpenter from the Dallas Cowboys practice squad and WR Terrence Nunn from the New England Patriots practice squad. The team also placed QB Byron Leftwich on Injured Reserve and released CB Mike Mickens.
Carpenter joined the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent on May 1, 2009 out of Arizona State before being signed to the practice squad on September 6, 2009.
Nunn was signed by the Patriots as an undrafted free agent on May 11, 2009 out of Nebraska before joining the New England practice squad on September 7, 2009.