Report Says Olson Wanted Luke McCown

October 5th, 2009

Joe is not a big fan of journalism that includes unnamed sources. Anonymous sources are sort of like filthy, skanky whores. You try to stear far clear of them, but sometimes you can’t help but look.

Here’s one to look at, courtesy of Pro Football Weekly in a story published by Yahoo Sports:

 The report talks about poor league opinion of Raheem The Dream and more on the Bucs quarterback situation, including an assertion that offensive coordinator Greg Olson wanted to name Luke McCown the Bucs’ No. 1 quarterback.

Our sources tell us the quarterback Olson actually preferred to run the offense was Luke McCown, who was traded because Buccaneers GM Mark Dominik said he could not afford to give backup reps to McCown and needed to get Freeman groomed. We hear Olson absolutely loved McCown but was overruled by the three people who have the most authority in personnel moves at present — Dominik, Morris and coordinator of pro scouting and former Bucs QB Doug Williams, who jointly decided that Leftwich’s leadership was the key point in his favor.

 “They had a statue back there and they knew it,” one league insider told PFW. “If you took every quarterback in the league, Josh Johnson might be in the bottom 10, and he was one of the starting 32 this week. They screwed it up. They just gave McCown $2.5 million to start, and now he is somewhere else.

 “It’s a mess.”

Joe wouldn’t be surprised if this report is 100 percent true. But you never know.

What certainly is accurate though is the final quote: “It’s a mess.”

8 Responses to “Report Says Olson Wanted Luke McCown”

  1. james from dunedin Says:

    I think most of the fans wanted Luke too, its just one wrong move after another. Where is the outrage at ownership for allowing the franchise to crash like this, I don’t get it. When will the NFL question the commitment of the Glazers to field a competitive team. The Bucs are now officially the laughing stock of the NFL. How fitting it will be to see the old Buco Bruce logo this year.

  2. Pete Says:

    The rest of the article/report talks about the HC and how he’s not an X’s and O’s guy, not viewed very highly, how management misjudged Gruden and even mentions $ and Manchester United.

    All in all an interesting read. Even if from unknown sources.

  3. Chuck Says:

    Joe…Who cares, McCown is gone and we will never know if he would have been better than what we have or not. I do not think it would have made a difference. The important thing now is to see progress, which I beleive we will. The Glazers are not the worst owners of all time, so everyone should get over the money issue. They went after big names and lost out, probably for the better when looking at the long term. Most teams go through rebuilding years every so often, it is the Bucs time now. What needs to happen is steady improvement. We saw some improvement this week. I beleive it is a two year process for this young team.

  4. Tye Says:

    It just goes to prove that people who have absolutely NO idea what true talent is much less how to evaluate it then they have NO business being a HC, GM or coordinator of pro scouting. Especially nothing to do with scouting. All they have accomplished so far is what not to do if you want to be a “WINNER”!

  5. JK Says:

    Oh Please quit trying to create a quarterback controversy. It should be the Glazerhouses feet held to the fire until they get rid of this coach that this website and the media in general wanted. He has got to go. It doesn’t matter who the quarterback is. The team as a whole SUCKS!! No CONFIDENCE at all. Who’s fault is that? The quarterback?

  6. Paul Says:

    JK, I’m always posting here as well as other sites to vent my frustation on what is clearly the problem with the Bucs, their head coach. I’m sure Joe here is getting pretty tired of my broken record, but it is absolutely clear to me that this team will continue to fall into complete chaos and irrelevance unless they get rid of Raheem.

    It see that many are trying to overanalysis this: Oh we have to change the QB, oh we need to draft defense next year, oh we need to have Jackson, Faine back, yada, yada, yada. It’s insane. Can somebody please start by replacing the head coach with a competent one? For goodness sakes, you can’t make potato salad out of CRAP!. Some people need to stop overanalyzing this.

  7. Joe Says:

    I’m sure Joe here is getting pretty tired of my broken record


    Joe is not.

  8. leningan Says:

    “you can’t make potato salad out of CRAP!”

    Precisely. Lombardi couldn’t come in and clean this up. Raheem will be around, barring an 0-16 season, give the guy at least half a season to see if he can make any progress. moreover, what “competent” coach in their right mind would come in anyway??