Perhaps there is a more salacious truth out there, but the St. Petersburg Times reports that Jeff Jagodzinski is no longer the Bucs offensive coordinator for a simple reason: he wasn’t ready for the job.
“Jags” had very little experience calling plays, something that Steve Logan normally did for him at Boston College. (Logan is now in Tampa as a running backs coach and will remain there.) The Bucs reportedly grew concerned that Jagodzinski knew how to install a zone blocking running scheme on the team, but not much else.
“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,” writes Rick Stroud.
The team reportedly believed Jagozinski lacked “sophistication” when it came to various aspects of the passing game. Coach Raheem Morris spoke about the decision Thursday.
“Coach Jag came in and I have a lot of respect for him,” Morris said. “But we’re at the point
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.”
Hiring Jagodzinski was one of the first big decisions Morris made as a head coach, and it couldn’t have turned out much worse. Greg Olson, now the team’s coordinator, wanted the job back in January, but the team didn’t even interview him.
Stroud writes that the decision to let Jagodzinski go had nothing to do with the quarterback situation; the former Boston College head coach was in Byron Leftwich’s corner. Jagodzinki reportedly got along with everyone; he just wasn’t ready.
In some ways, that may be worse for his future than if the firing was personal.