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Jagodzinski "not equipped" to direct NFL offense

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.

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40 Responses to “Jagodzinski "not equipped" to direct NFL offense”
  1. Hap says: Sep 3, 2009 2:51 PM

    What a non-issue ! Did you expect he was fired because he knew how to do his job well ?

  2. Wrathchild says: Sep 3, 2009 2:51 PM

    Nothing like figuring out your OC was incompetent and letting him go one week before the season starts. That team is a disaster.

  3. AutumnWind999 says: Sep 3, 2009 2:54 PM

    The Bucs are going to be the worst team in football. I felt this way before this story and this confirms it for me. The QB situation is unsettled. The head coach isn’t ready. The talent is not very rich. Maybe they’ll be slightly better than Detroit and St. Louis, but I just have a feeling this is the season the Bucs bottom out.

  4. hayward giablommi says: Sep 3, 2009 2:56 PM

    This year Tampa is going to get a reminder of what Buccaneer football was pre-1997, and not just because the creamsicle uniforms will be back. I would be shocked if this team does not lose at least 11 games.

  5. severs28 says: Sep 3, 2009 2:57 PM

    How did they not get this information when they interviewed him? And I though Josh McDaniels was in over his head.

  6. Citizen Strange says: Sep 3, 2009 3:04 PM

    Headline s/b ….. Bucs Boot Jag Off

  7. JP says: Sep 3, 2009 3:16 PM

    My thought exactly…how in the world do you not learn this in the course of an interview? Or in the course of talking to people he worked with in previous positions?
    I mean, it’s not like he was there for a season and the team did poorly and he got fired. They fired him before he even served a game in his position…crazy!

  8. cannoli says: Sep 3, 2009 3:17 PM

    I agree with severs28.
    “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.”
    Shouldn’t they have asked for details when they interviewed him.

  9. potdettleblack says: Sep 3, 2009 3:17 PM

    The guy was the Offensive Coordinator for the Packers in 2006. Seems like that should be mentioned.

  10. Leviathan says: Sep 3, 2009 3:18 PM

    These teams that fire established coaches like Chucky or Shanahan without having any idea of their backup plan make be giggle.

  11. Honinbo says: Sep 3, 2009 3:19 PM

    What about his time with Green Bay as offensive coordinator? There were no concerns there that I remember. He probably would have stayed if not given BC job…

  12. EShine says: Sep 3, 2009 3:22 PM

    Too bad for Jags. They should have been able to figure this out a long time ago. His career is tarnished; hopefully he’ll get a chance to get some more experience and prove himself again.

  13. Pack_Attack says: Sep 3, 2009 3:22 PM

    I cant believe they put that out there. Talk about hosing the guy. Stay classy Tampa.

  14. BucsFan says: Sep 3, 2009 3:23 PM

    oh well
    Im not expecting much any ways

  15. pkrlvr says: Sep 3, 2009 3:24 PM

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t Jagodzinski the OC for the Pack a few years back? What’s that say about them if Jags wasn’t good enough for Tb??!!

  16. TBTrojan says: Sep 3, 2009 3:29 PM

    Nice of Rick Stroud to claim that article for himself.
    I bet he wrote that right after he got done checking through the Pewter Report articles.

  17. Erdie says: Sep 3, 2009 3:30 PM

    It will be a race between the Lions and the Bucs for the first draft pick this year…

  18. launch says: Sep 3, 2009 3:31 PM

    “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.
    How can Stroud and Rosenthal not bring up the fact that he was the Packers O-Coordinator in 2006?

  19. Bill In DC says: Sep 3, 2009 3:31 PM

    This article should be expanded to include the HC and GM in the ‘not equipped to run an NFL franchise’. It says far more about the ineptitude of the HC and GM to actually hire someone and then make this revelation a week before the season.

  20. gb_spottedcow says: Sep 3, 2009 3:32 PM

    He was the OC for Green Bay in 2006 (they went 8-8). I don’t think he was that bad… Could signs point to Raheem Morris having no control? Sorry, but Gruden wouldn’t have let this crap happen.

  21. Pastabelly says: Sep 3, 2009 3:34 PM

    He was already an offensive coordinator in the league. Maybe that doesn’t really count and Favre was the de facto OC in Green Bay. But it doesn’t speak well of Green Bay to have had him as an OC when he had no idea what he was doing.

  22. BEAR-A-HOLIC says: Sep 3, 2009 3:38 PM

    As a Bears fan…you’re preaching to the choir !

  23. SeaOtter says: Sep 3, 2009 3:39 PM

    Way to throw a guy under the bus. I’m sure there will be a LONG lineup of experienced coordinators looking to take a job in Tampa now. Seriously, if you have a choice between Tampa, and a place where coaches are treated with respect, where are you going?

  24. Tomb says: Sep 3, 2009 3:57 PM

    Don’t worry Jeff Jagodzinski, I’m not prepared to be OC this year either.
    You’re not alone, brother.

  25. SCM64 says: Sep 3, 2009 4:02 PM

    Yes, he was OC in Green Bay. But he did not call the plays. He did not call the plays at BC either, that was Steve Logan (who is now the Bucs running back coach). Word is that the pre-season play calling was coming from the booth, with both Jags and Logan, but it was Logans voice relaying the play to Greg Olsen, who then gave it to the QB.

  26. tv says: Sep 3, 2009 4:10 PM

    As a Saints fan I love this.
    A head coach who didn’t even interview for the most important position on the staff?
    A guy who didn’t know what he was doing accepting that position?
    The team letting him go 1 week before the season starts?
    Man this is good.
    I hated when they hired Chucky because he was damn good. Now I know that the Saints won’t be coming in last in the NFC South for many years!

  27. hotchick says: Sep 3, 2009 4:17 PM

    The guy was OC before and a HC (fine “only” college but still). TB has a HC that was never a DC or OC. Maybe they are not being truthful about who is not ready for the job??
    Could someone be protecting himself?
    Did GB only run zone blocking plays while he was there? I think they had a guy who liked to through the ball at QB. Didn’t they?

  28. empty13 says: Sep 3, 2009 4:36 PM

    and people talk trash about mcdaniels…

  29. Qoojo says: Sep 3, 2009 5:01 PM

    # Honinbo says: September 3, 2009 3:19 PM
    What about his time with Green Bay as offensive coordinator? There were no concerns there that I remember. He probably would have stayed if not given BC job…
    McCarthy made all the calls during the game. He was brought in to help with the zone blocking, and it was horrid the first couple of years, but it would improve over the season.

  30. fjd says: Sep 3, 2009 5:05 PM

    If They are right that he is not ready for the OC job than it speaks volumns about how good Favre must have been in the 2006 season to get that young inexperienced team to 8-8. The next year he was gone and they went to 13-3. The next year Favre was gone and they went to 6-10. It can’t be McCarthy that jumped the team to 13-3. He was still there last year at 6-10. The fact of the matter is that the coaches should not be given the credit for the wins here it was the play of Favre making up for the inexperienced coaches that were all over that Green Bay team.

  31. NFLFOLLIES says: Sep 3, 2009 5:09 PM

    What a clueless head coach ! after the whole preseason he just now figures out his Off Coord isnt ready.Bucs 0-16 this year

  32. thereallacardsfan says: Sep 3, 2009 5:30 PM

    Jagodzinski “not equipped” to direct NFL offense
    “Not Equipped”
    That sounds like he doesnt have the players he needs to do his job, not that he was inadequate at his job..

  33. TFBuckFutter says: Sep 3, 2009 5:48 PM

    “Jagodzinski “not equipped” to direct NFL offense”
    What does that have to do with running the Bucs offense?
    In fact, if anything….he’s almost over qualified for that position.

  34. fjd says: Sep 3, 2009 5:59 PM

    Blame the defense all you want but that 2007 defense second half of the year was just as lousy as last years. No pass rush which lead to not as good coverage. and they still wound up 13-3. The offense may have had numbers last year but they could not pull out wins. Green Bay fans are pretty jaded against Favre but your record bears this out last year. Also McCarthy is finally growing into his job. He was not a savior when he got there. With the talent they have this year if they do not win 10 games at least they should fire him.

  35. jeremyb91 says: Sep 3, 2009 6:03 PM

    Seriously speaking, hiring an OC and then finding out later he doesn’t have the skill-set nor the experience to be the OC has to be a major blunder.
    Didn’t they discuss who would call plays? Even if Jags lied, did they actually talk to his references to confirm he called the plays and drew up the offense?
    This is cut & dry easy to rip on because it’s pure failure on the part of the Tampa Bay franchise.
    You rip on Al Davis all the time, but this is just pure stupidity and should be major ripped on. This is just as bad as the Tom Walsh incident, but at least Walsh knew how to call plays and design an offense even though it had expired and was worthless.

  36. CKL says: Sep 3, 2009 6:11 PM

    # empty13 says: September 3, 2009 4:36 PM
    and people talk trash about mcdaniels…
    Indeed. At least his OC has been “in name only” since day one since JM calls the plays and his OC has never ever called plays in his entire career (McCoy).

  37. Rhode Kill says: Sep 3, 2009 7:12 PM

    The guy bails out on a BC head coaching gig and gets the Tampa Bay OC job….only to get fired before the first game??????? That is freakin’ laughable. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a coordinator get hired and fired in one preseason.
    Let’s face it. Between McDaniels in Denver and this Raheem Morris in Tampa who hired Jags, is anyone noticing a trend here? 32-year old guys should not be head coaches in the NFL. I understand Gruden was pretty close to that, but these guys are clearly in over their heads, they don’t have the experience and both teams are heading for disaster. At least it confirmed for me that there are indeed other places where totally inept, incompetent hires occur other than right here in Rhode Island.

  38. TFBuckFutter says: Sep 3, 2009 8:47 PM

    “Rhode Kill says:
    September 3, 2009 7:12 PM
    The guy bails out on a BC head coaching gig and gets the Tampa Bay OC job….only to get fired before the first game??????”
    He didn’t bail on BC. He got fired.
    The AD there said if he interviewed for the Jets head coaching job, he’d be fired, and then he did, and was fired. He ended up as the Bucs OC.
    The fact that teams are so willing to part with him (especially BC after a pretty damn good pair of seasons) makes me question how good he is at anything but delegating.

  39. YucsFan says: Sep 4, 2009 12:03 AM

    I looked up the statistics for the 2006 NFL season. The Packers were 9th in total offense, and 8th in passing offense. Since they ranked in the top 10 in total offense, I can then only conclude that the O-Coordinator had no idea what he doing?? What am I missing here?!!! Raheem (or “Ra” to the outside world) Morris is an unmitigated clown who is clearly in over his head. The Bucs should publish a “Ra”-to- English dictionairy because I can almost never understand what in the heck he is saying. His allocution is awful and his diction is even worse! I’m so thrilled to be a season ticket holder for a bunch of chuckleheads who clearly have no worldly idea how to run an NFL organization.

  40. mitybuc says: Sep 4, 2009 10:32 PM

    Had high hopes for this season with young talent, and Coach’s delegation of duties, prior to this fiasco.
    Greg Olsen…offensive coordinator??
    Still think Morris can do real well, but’s not looking like is gonna happen this season. nope
    Greg Olsen???
    Defense won’t allow us to be worst team this season…but wildcard’s looking o so far off, right now.

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