In a shakeup move just 10 days before the start of the season, the Bucs today fired offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski. “I have a lot of respect for coach Jags, and what he did, and the effort he put into his work, but we’re at the point now where we need to be more precise, we need to be more detailed and we need to have more direction on where we’re going to go,” coach Raheem Morris said.
Quarterbacks coach Greg Olson was promoted to Jagodzinski’s role and will take over playcalling. It’s been a strange journey for Jagodzinski, who was hired in January, three weeks after being dismissed by Boston College for pursuing an NFL head coaching job. He led Boston College to the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game in each of his two seasons there, but was fired after being told he would be let go if he interviewed for the New York Jets’ coaching vacancy.
He interviewed despite the ultimatum and was fired the next day. The Jets job eventually went to Rex Ryan. “I’m not here to bash Jeff Jagodzinski. What he did, coming in here and implementing the plan and having an idea … was good,” Morris said. “We’re just at a different state right now. We need to be more direct. We need to have more precision. We need to know where we’re going.”
Reports say that Jagodzinski was offered a demotion to quarterbacks coach, but said no. For now, Morris says the change in coordinators so close to the opener will not be a big distraction to the team.
“When you talk about being in chaos, you’re talking about not having a plan,” Morris said. “The plan has not changed.”