Quick Thoughts On Jagodzinski Firing

September 3rd, 2009

Not sure how many people were listening, but Joe just finished an appearance on the Ron and Ian show on WDAE-AM 620 to talk about the Jeff Jagodzinski firing. Joe was also on the phone talking to a trusted source and Joe will offer some thoughts and insight that he shared with Ron Diaz and Ian Beckles.

* Jagodzinski seems to have some serious baggage to unload him now. This is his second firing in less than a year. He was previously fired from Boston College as head coach. Jagodzinski was told by Boston College brass not to talk to the Jets, yet despite great success at Boston College Jagodzinski was fired for doing that.

College coaches talk to NFL people all the time. For Boston College to fire Jagodzinski just for that tells Joe that was just the last straw, that Jagodzinski had to have other issues.

*The times Joe has talked to Josh Freeman, the rookie quarterback just raved about quarterback coach Greg Olson. Freeman constantly brought up Olson’s name. Clearly a strong bond has developed. Freeman didn’t often speak of Jagodzinski.

*In a recent Raheem the Dream press conference, Raheem the Dream spoke of Olson’s traits as if he was Bill Walsh. In the same press conference, Raheem the Dream didn’t say much about Jagodzinski.

* Joe thinks Jagodzinski was not on board with Byron Leftwich. It’s just a hunch. Jagodzinski was fired just hours after Leftwich was named the starter.

* Through a phone call Joe received, he learned that Kansas City may be involved in this saga. This is barely above speculation but Joe has heard two possibilities: 1) Jagodzinski wanted to go to Kansas City since the Chiefs Monday fired offensive coordinator Chan Gailey; or, 2) the Chiefs called the Bucs and asked about Olson. Wanting to keep Olson, the Bucs decided to cut ties with Jagodzinski and promote Olson.

When Joe learns more, as always, you can expect Joe to keep you informed.

3 Responses to “Quick Thoughts On Jagodzinski Firing”

  1. Charkh Says:

    Buccaneers.com is reporting that Jags released the following statement:

    “I am certainly disappointed but I wish nothing but the best for Raheem Morris and the entire Buccaneer organization. I was given the chance to remain on staff as the quarterbacks coach, but felt that the timing for such a move was not in the best interest for either side. I appreciate the opportunity that was given to me. Again, I wish nothing but the best for this organization.”

    If he was truthfully offered a position on the staff as the QB Coach, I don’t believe the initial interpretation of Jags butting heads with Olson and Morris is accurate. If he wasn’t on board with the Leftwich decision, why make him in charge of Quarterbacks? I wonder now if Joe isn’t on to something with Kansas City and Greg Olson.

  2. mr. Lucky Says:

    With Olson being the OC does this mean Byron still starts or will Freeman get priority?

  3. mr. Lucky Says:

    Can we think about changing the team’s name to the Musical Coaching Chair Bucs?