The Bucs’ firing of offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski is more surprising to me than the removal of Chan Gailey in Kansas City this week, given how recently Jagodzinski was hired and the fact he came in with a new regime (as opposed to Gailey, who was a holdover from a previous coaching staff).
The thing that intrigues me with the Tampa Bay shakeup is that Greg Olson, the QBs coach who is now the coordinator, is a staunch West Coast offense guy, and the Bucs were transitioning to much more of a power running/vertical passing team. I wonder if that philosophy might change a little now (and it’s awful late to start tinkering with things).
Furthermore, the team only recently named QB Byron Leftwich the starter, and there certainly were some in the organization who felt like ownership’s $2.5 million signing bonus given to Luke McCown was a factor as well. McCown is much more in the mold of a West Coast QB — Leftwich has a slower delivery and is more of a downfield passer with less mobility — and someone Olson likes.
Also, Olson created some ripples in the organization in the spring when he made comments regarding first-round draft pick Josh Freeman being possibly ready to compete for the starting job, since the internal plan had been to bring him along slowly as McCown and Leftwich competed. So Olson definitely is a Freeman fan as well.
The Bucs had shopped Leftwich and McCown, with no trades materializing, and are now mulling carrying four quarterbacks to open the season.
It should make for plenty of interesting questions when coach Raheem Morris and others meet the media.