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Bucs had concerns about Jagodzinski's play-calling abilities

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Even before Jeff Jagodzinski was named the Bucs' offensive coordinator, multiple sources, including former Boston College players, told the Times he had limited experience calling plays.

In fact, those duties normally fell to Steve Logan, the former East Carolina coach who was hired as the Bucs' running backs coach. Logan was the offensive coordinator at Boston College for two seasons under Jagodzinski.

On Thursday, the Bucs dismissed Jagodzinski, who declined an opportunity to remain with the staff as quarterbacks coach.

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.''

OIson wanted to interview for the Bucs' vacant offensive coordinator position in Jan. But because he was already under contract, and believing they could make the staff better with another addition, they never interviewed him.

Now let's dispell some theories. Jagodzinski did not disagree with Raheem Morris' decision to name Byron Leftwich the starting quarterback. In fact, he was in Leftwich's corner when Morris polled the staff a week before the decision was announced.

Jagodzinski also didn't have any rift with Olson or any other member of the Bucs staff or players. Generally speaking, he got along with everybody.

But as the preseason wore on, Bucs officials kept a close eye on Jagodzinski and did not feel he had the attention to detail required to remain as offensive coordinator.

A good example is the second half of the 10-6 loss to the Miami Dolphins. Once the Dolphins started blitzing from every angle, quarterback Luke McCown struggled. He was sacked twice and called for intentional grounding.  

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:40pm]

    

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