Tampa Bay Buccaneers have decision to make on offensive coordinator Greg Olson

Even if coach Raheem Morris and Mark Dominik return for 2010, there are bound to be sweeping changes at One Buc Place.

Will a new offensive coordinator be one of them?

The best argument for keeping Greg Olson in that position is that he had both hands tied behind his back when he took the wheel from Jeff Jagodzinski.

If you look at the teams that changed offensive coordinators just before the start of the regular season — the Bucs, Chiefs and Bills — they're all at the bottom of the league rankings for offense.

Olson did not have the benefit of an offseason working with QB Josh Freeman. He did not order the ill-fated quarterback battle between Byron Leftwich and Luke McCown. And because Olson had to change much of what Jagodzinski installed, Freeman has had to learn two offensive systems as a rookie.

Nothing slows the development of a quarterback like a roulette wheel of coordinators.

"We can't continue to do what we're doing. It's not good enough," Olson said. "But the offseason is so important. Otherwise, we would just show up 10 days before the start of the season and say, 'Let's go.' "

Freeman has developed a good relationship with Olson. But every once in awhile, his rookie quarterback surprises him, and not in a good way.

"You look at the interception the first play of the game on a read where he knows he's supposed to throw it in the flat and he locks onto (WR Antonio Bryant) and throws it," Olson said. "You watch the television and his eyes never even go there. That tells me he must have been nervous. Then the second series, he fumbles the snap. The third series, there is a delay of game. … It was the snowball effect.

"I felt like I got hit by a freaking Mack truck."

Owning up: Morris made it clear the hirings of Jagodzinski and Jim Bates were made in concert with Dominik. "I do everything with everybody, every decision I make," Morris said when asked if he alone made the decision to hire Jagodzinski and Bates. "I'm not sitting here and trying to blame anybody. We make decisions together, and we live with those, and we have to react off those."

A little effort, please?: This has been a good year for TE Kellen Winslow. He has remained healthy, leads the team in receiving and has been a good teammate. But one play in the third quarter of the loss to the Jets is reason to burst his bubble.

On second and 6 from midfield, Winslow made virtually no effort to block Jets LB Calvin Pace, who unloaded on RB Cadillac Williams for a 3-yard loss.

Winslow will never be known for his blocking, which is one thing. But to get a teammate blown up by becoming a turnstile is unacceptable.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers have decision to make on offensive coordinator Greg Olson 12/19/09 [Last modified: Saturday, December 19, 2009 4:24pm]

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