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09-03-2009, 08:05 PM
TAMPA - Former Boston College coach Jeff Jagodzinski was fired Thursday as offensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who have been unhappy with the progress of their passing game.

First-year coach Raheem Morris offered a vague explanation for the abrupt move on the eve of the team's preseason finale against the Houston Texans. Quarterbacks coach Greg Olson was promoted to Jagodzinski's role and will take over playcalling.

"I have a lot of respect for coach Jags, and what he did, and the effort he put into his work, but we're at the point now where we need to be more precise, we need to be more detailed and we need to have more direction on where we're going to go," Morris said.

Jagodzinski was hired in January, three weeks after being dismissed by Boston College for pursuing an NFL head coaching job.


09-03-2009, 08:07 PM
Its gonna be wet and rainy in Tampa similar to KC....hope the injury report doesn't read the same afterwards

09-03-2009, 08:08 PM
i'd blame the QB's not the OC for the passing game. not to mention their WR corps are in an injured state at the moment. 2 OC's fired in a week by 1st year coaches (KC fired theirs)... the young'uns are looking down and finding their stones early on. maybe too early.

09-03-2009, 08:09 PM
5 things to watch

Coach Gary Kubiak has some difficult decisions to make before the final roster cutdown Saturday, and he wants to take a long look at as many players as possible Friday in the preseason finale at Raymond James Stadium.

Meanwhile, the Buccaneers will break in a new offensive coordinator Friday after firing Jeff Jagzodinski today.

PT for starters: The final preseason game is typically one in which the starters don't play. That won't be the case Friday night for some Texans' first-teamers. Expect to see a heavy dose of Chester Pitts, Chris Myers and a few other notable faces from the starting unit. Pitts and Myers missed considerable parts of training camp due to injury and haven't had the typical allotment of game reps.

"There are more questions than any since I've been here from that standpoint," coach Gary Kubiak said about his starters' regular season readiness. "We've got some starters on this team that need to play a great deal in this game. It's a little bit different than it's been the last couple of years, so hopefully we can get those questions answered in Tampa."

Inexperienced signal-caller: Rookie quarterback Josh Freeman will start for the Buccaneers, and Friday should prove to be the most game action he's seen as a professional. He completed six-of-16 passes for 50 yards a week ago Thursday against the Dolphins, and currently is running third as Tampa Bay's signal-caller behind starter Byron Leftwich and backup Luke McCown.

Freeman's presence in the game should be a great chance for the Texans' pass rush to continue to flourish.