The Buccaneers announced Thursday that they have dismissed offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski, making him the second offensive coordinator this week to be fired by a rookie head coach. Earlier, Kansas City Chiefs first-year head coach Todd Haley fired veteran offensive coordinator Chan Gailey.
Quarterbacks coach Greg Olson has been promoted to offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach.
“We needed more direction and we needed more precision,” coach Raheem Morris said during a morning news conference, “and we weren’t getting it, so we had to make a change.”
The move comes on the eve of the Bucs’ final preseason game against the Houston Texans, and just over a week before the regular-season opener against the Dallas Cowboys.
“I’m not here to bash Jeff Jagodzinski,” Morris said. “What he did — coming here and implementing the plan, getting us started — was good. We’re just at a different state right now; we need to be more direct, have more precision and know where we’re going.”
Olson joined the Buccaneers as quarterbacks coach in 2008 and was retained when the team promoted 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.
Jagodzinski was named the Buccaneers offensive coordinator in January following a controversial end to his two-year stint as the head coach at Boston College. Jagodzinski was fired by Boston College in January after he interviewed fo the then-vacant New York Jets head coach position.