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About that timing, Tampa

Posted on: September 3, 2009 1:35 pm

I'm sorry, firing an offensive coordinator a little over one week before the start of the regular season is not a good idea. This cannot, and will not, end up well for the Tampa Bay Bucs. I don't know why Jeff Jagodzinski was fired, but I had someone tell me today that it was because his offense was "too simplistic," whatever that means. Just asking, but don't you think someone should have known what that offense was going to look like before hiring the guy? I covered the San Diego Chargers in 1991 when, one game into the season, they fired their offensive coordinator, thinking it would somehow make things different. It didn't. The team was 4-12, and head coach Dan Henning got canned. Raheem Morris isn't going to get canned; but firing his offensive coordinator the week before the season opener and replacing him with the quarterbacks coach is a signal that the players aren't the only ones who need to get their timing down. I know, Todd Haley did the same thing in Kansas City this week, and that makes no sense, either. I guess I just wonder why you wait this long to make that decision ... or why Haley agreed to retain Chan Gailey way back when if he had questions about the play calling. At least there Haley takes over the play calling; in Tampa, it's just another job on Greg Olson's plate, and good luck. 

Category: NFL

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: September 3, 2009 7:13 pm

About that timing, Tampa

If the Bucs are under .500 for the season, is that on Raheem Morris for firing Jagodzinski?

No, it isn't.  It's because the team just isn't good enough yet.

Besides, Jagodzinski earned this firing.  It's called karma.  Hopefully, he's now learned a bit of humility; I don't think there's any doubt that he'll get another job in the NFL.  It probably won't be as head coach...but as someone pointed out on Around the Horn today, the guy did coach Matt Ryan.  That has to count for something and I'm sure NFL coaching staffs recognize his talent.

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