In 2009, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fired head coach Jon Gruden, then hired and fired offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinkski, then gave the coordinator duties to Greg Olson in September. In 2010, Olson actually has an offseason to install his offense — and to the players who have been around for more than a year, it’s an offense that feels a lot like Gruden’s.
“It’s very similar to Gruden’s offense,” running back Earnest Graham told Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune. “It’s the same mindset, the same offense. What he has the quarterback doing, the receivers and the running backs — it’s pretty much the same system.”
The running backs seem particularly pleased with the offense Olson has installed this offseason.
“I think of us as a run-first team,” running back Derrick Ward said. “I’m pretty sure if you ask Cadillac [Williams] or Earnest, they’re going to tell you we’re going to set the tone for the offense.”
Although things didn’t end well with Gruden in Tampa Bay, after last season’s 3-13 record, the Bucs would gladly take Gruden-style results from their Gruden-style offense.