The Tampa Bay Buccaneers drop a bombshell, as they fired
Offensive Coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski. Details are shaky at the moment, but after recent comments to the effect, that it’s not his decision on who the teams starting signal caller will be for 2009, one has to wonder if there was something brewing in the halls of One Buc Place.
Was Byron Leftwich a unanimous selection or was Luke McCown the selection for the man who was supposed to be calling the plays this coming season and the architect of what many hoped would be a vaunted offense in the making.
Quarterbacks Coach Greg Olson has been promoted to offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach.
Jagodzinski was named the Buccaneers offensive coordinator on January 29, 2009. He came to Tampa Bay after two years (2007-2008) as the head coach at Boston College. Prior to his stint at Boston College, Jagodzinski served as the offensive coordinator for the Green Bay Packers in 2006 and spent the two seasons (2004-2005) prior to that on the staff of the Atlanta Falcons.
Olson joined the Buccaneers as quarterbacks coach in 2008 and was retained when the team promoted Raheem Morris to head coach. Olson previously served as the offensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions in 2005 and the St. Louis Rams from 2006-07. He has also previously served as the quarterbacks coach for the Lions, Chicago Bears and San Francisco 49ers.
One name to keep an eye on is recently let go of Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Chan Gailey, a person who the Bucs were eying at the beginning of the whole shuffling of the deck back in the early part of the coaching search.
Stephen Holder, of the St. Pete Times.com has probably the first quote from Jeff Jagodzinski, since he was fired, according to Jags he was offered to remain on the staff, albeit at a reduce position as the teams QB’s coach.
“I am certainly disappointed but I wish nothing but the best for Raheem Morris and the entire Buccaneer organization,” Jagodzinski said. “I was given the chance to remain on staff as the quarterbacks coach, but felt that the timing for such a move was not in the best interest for either side. I appreciate the opportunity that was given to me. Again, I wish nothing but the best for this organization.”