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Tampa Bay Buccaneers new offensive coordinator Greg Olson will bring 'more dynamic routes' and increase in plays



In just one week, new offensive coordinator Greg Olson has increased the number of plays in the game-plan 'dramatically,' according to coach Raheem Morris.

OIson, who replaced fired offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski just 10 days before Sunday's season opener against the Dallas Cowboys, has made the biggest improvement in the Bucs' passing game.

"He brings some more dynamic routes,'' Morris said. "You'll see different routes, you'll see routes down the field...You see more of the down field, double-move hitches. You'll see things of that nature. You'll see the timing game there as well. But if we're going to be a good team, we're going to have to use our play-action passing. We want to use it as a weapon. You'll get a chance to see some of that stuff from Oly (Olson).

"The number of plays increased dramatically. I didn't actually count them before I came down here, but you'll see a significant amount more than I think you have seen in the preseason.''

Despite wanting to throw the ball down the field more, Bucs' quarterbacks averaged just 5.25 yards per pass attempt.

Olson, the Bucs quarterbacks coach who was denied a chance to interview for the offensive coordinator position last spring, acknowledged that his appointment came at the wrong time. Instead of having time to install his own system, Olson has had to adapt and modify Jagodzinski's plan.

"Certainly, it's a difficult position, but I think opportunity obviously comes in many different ways,'' Olson said. "Really, there was no other answer when it was presented to me. Am I excited about the opportunity? Yes. Did it come at the wrong time? Yes.

"But you've got to put your nose to the grindstone and go to work. I mean, there is no other answer to that. Coach Jagodzinski set a foundation. We'll move forward with the foundation. Did it catch me off guard and catch some people off guard? Certainly it does when something like that happens. But there is no other decision but to just keep working.''

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


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