Thursday, September 3, 2009

What The Hizzle?!

Man this dude must have smoked crack or got caught with a hooker or something!

Jeff Jagodzinski has been fired as the Bucs offensive coordinator. Quarterbacks coach Greg Olson has been promoted to the post.

The news is a shock, coming just more than a week before the start of the regular season.

Jagodzinski never coached a regular season game with the Bucs, having been hired in February.

There was no reason offered by the team in its announcement, but coach Raheem Morris will hold a news conference at noon to take questions on the move.

Maybe this is just some kind of new trend with first time Head Coaches in the NFL since we saw Chief's coach Todd Haley do the same thing just the other day, but I gotta say it's not a good look for Raheem Morris. I guess we will see around noon what he has to say about it but this is a sure way to lose the lockerroom if its not played right.

Update: All I can say is WOW!

Sometime during training camp, it became increasingly apparent to Bucs officials and players, that Jagodzinski was not equipped to install and direct an NFL offense. His expertise centered mostly around the zone blocking scheme, which he helped operate for the Atlanta Falcons.

But Jagodzinski lacked sophistication regarding protections and different aspects of an NFL passing game.

The Bucs promoted quarterbacks coach Greg Olson to offensive coordinator. The Bucs made the move today because they have one preseason game remaining Friday against the Texans to work out the logistics of how and where Olson will call plays.

Logan will remain with the Bucs in his current capacity and continue to assist Olson.
The decision to hire Jagodzinski as offensive coordinator was obviously a bad one. In the end, the Bucs believed he might be more qualified as a head coach than a play-caller.

"Coach Jag came in and I have a lot of respect for him,'' Morris said. "But we're at the point now where we have to be more precise and we need to be more detailed and we need to have more direction to where we're going to go. And we just didn't have it right now for whatever reason. That's about as detailed as I can get on it.''

You have to ask why exactly they would hire a guy that didn't have experience calling plays and also what kind of interview process they actually went through for them not to know his limitations before they offered him the job. This actually makes the Bucs look bad if you ask me, especially when they wait until a week before the first game to make this move instead of earlier in the offseason. Adding to that the fact that its not likely that the top two quarterbacks on the team will get meaningful playing time tomorrow in the last preseason game.

You have to ask yourself at this point if his lack of ability might have made a difference in the Quarterback competition. It will be interesting to see if anything changes going forward and how the team adjusts.

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