Jagodzinski: "I coach to win"
New offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski just finished his first interview with the local media here at One Buc Place.
Among the revelations was a confirmation that, yes, the Bucs will implement a good deal of a zone blocking this season, something he hopes will lead to "a downhill" running attack. He also said the Bucs will look to take advantage of opportunities to throw the ball down the field.
But he summed up philosophy with this statement: "I don't coach to not lose the game. I coach to win."
Whether that means the Bucs will open things up this season remains to be seen, but he definitely has plans to make the offense more player-friendly and adaptable to players' strengths. Those are things that did not always occur under Jon Gruden's leadership of the offense the past seven seasons.
For example, consider Jagodzinski's emphasis on streamlining the verbiage in the offense.
"What I have tried to do is limit the terminology," he said. "You can say the same thing without a lot of words. I think it will be player friendly."
New acquisitions and younger players struggled with their command of Gruden's offense, in large part because of its extensive verbiage and numerous, complex variables. Another difference: Jagodzinski said his philosophy in the redzone is to think "touchdown then checkdown." In other words, he's looking to throw into the end zone first, then take the the less-attractive passing option if that's not possible. It's debatable whether Gruden had the same outlook considering the Bucs' sporadic efforts to throw into the end zone.
As for what the offense will look like, expect to see many elements of the West Coast offense. But that won't exclude the use of 5- and 7-step quarterback drops.
"I don't think you can lock into one thing," said Jagodzinski, who has worked underneath several coaches who utilize the West Coast scheme. It's a term that Jagodzinski isn't totally comfortable with because he thinks the term is too broad and doesn't accurately describe what he plans to install here.
And one thing that Jagodzinski potentially would attempt is using receivers Antonio Bryant and Joey Galloway -- assuming both are on the roster this fall -- at the same time. Gruden often talked of the difficulty of doing so within his offense because both played split end, making Galloway a nonfactor during the second half of the season.
"I think we can get anybody to play together, Jagodzinski said.
Another topic covered was Jagodzinski's controversial January departure from Boston College, where he worked as head coach. He was dismissed by the school after being told not to pursue the then-vacant Jets head-coaching post.
In his first public comments on the matter, Jagodzinski said he had no regrets.
"That chapter of my life is closed and I'm moving on and I really believe there is a plan for myself and my family," he said. "I don't live in regret. You regret a lot more things that you didn't do rather than what you did do."
Jagodzinski admitted the lure of the NFL was hard to ignore and disagreed with the school's position.
"I mean I had an opportunity to talk to one of the top 32 teams that's (at) the pinnacle of your profession. I didn't see anything wrong with that. But there was a difference of opinion.
"Again, I did what I thought was best for my family and that's what I did. . . If I didn't do it, I would always wonder, 'What if?' And I dont want to live that way."