Freeman’s Development Has To Be SufferingSeptember 15th, 2009
Before the Bucs fired Jeff Jagodzinski and named quarterbacks coach Greg Olson offensive coordinator, Raheem The Dream was touting Olson as the ideal detail-obsessed, after-practice mentor for rookie Josh Freeman.
Olson, obviously, now has way more responsibilities than managing the three-man quarterbacks room and grooming the “franchise” QB.
Heck, Olson is calling plays, developing game plans and likely watching much more film. All that has to take priority over developing Freeman and suck up a ton of his time.
So Joe has to wonder, what gives? Olson is listed by the Bucs as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach. Is a new quarterbacks coach on the way? If not, why not? Is Freeman missing out?
Surely the Bucs recognize the importance of having a QB coach always there for Freeman, as the 21-year-old tries to live up to his five-year, $36 million contract.
And Joe is extremely concerned that Olson could move on after this season, especially if the Bucs’ offense keeps putting up 400+ yards a game. That couldn’t be good for Freeman. Olson is only under contract through this year, reported ESPN.com.
Olson, who potentially could be a head coaching candidate, is in an unbelievable negotiating position with the Bucs for a new contract. And the Glazers might not want to open their pocketbooks.
The Bucs might be very wise to find a Freeman a mentor now who can work with Olson but will definitely be here next season.