Olson Offers Bizarre Assessment Of Josh JohnsonMay 11th, 2010
First, Raheem The Dream called Josh Johnson a “career backup.”
Now, Greg Olson compares third-year pro Johnson, known for his intelligence and grasp of the offense, to an undrafted rookie quarterback.
For a short TBO.com feature story about interception-happy former University of Mississippi quarterback Jevan Snead trying to make the Bucs roster after being signed as an undrafted rookie free agent, Olson told beat writer Anwar Richardson that Snead should be on “equal footing” with Johnson.
“The good thing is we have two younger players in Josh Johnson and Rudy Carpenter that aren’t that much older than him and haven’t been in the league that long, so development wise, they shouldn’t be much further along,” Bucs offensive coordinator Greg Olson said. “He has an opportunity to come in and compete with those guys as opposed to a four-, five-, six-, 10-year vet guy. He should be on equal footing with those guys.”
Poor Johnson, taking one on the chin from the offensive coordinator.
Joe’s all in favor of coaches tyring to foster competition in the offseason, but Olson’s comment crosses the line.
If Johnson is on equal footing with Snead, then the Bucs better pray harder for Josh Freeman’s health than they ever intended.