Offensive coordinator Greg Olson, in speaking with Ira Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune this morning might have let the cat out of the bag with what he envision the Bucs offensive attack to look like in 2010. No, it want resemble the Jets vaunting ground attack from 2009, but rather something more in line with what many fans in the NFC South have come to expect of the New Orleans Saints.
Tampa Bay’s offensive coordinator said he won’t abandon the run this fall, but he can’t help noticing how the NFL is increasingly turning into a showcase for elite quarterbacks. And with second-year pro Josh Freeman on the rise, Olson believes he has the triggerman to fling the ball downfield with positive results.
“I’m still a believer in running the football, but I can tell you this—you’d better be able to throw it if you want to get deep into the playoffs,’’ Olson said. “The last five or six years, teams in the playoffs have had to have a pretty strong passing game. We’re going to find ways to run, but to stick to it wholeheartedly and say we’re going to be a run-run-run football team … if you look at the teams that do that, we’re going to have to be darned good on the other side of the ball, too.’‘
While Olson might beleive he has the triggerman, in second year quarterback Josh Freeman. He might want to rethink who Freeman is throwing to before he begins to draw plays up without a proven pass catching receiver on the other end.