Freeman Wants Olson To Stay

January 4th, 2010

Bucs rookie quarterback Josh Freeman is still learning the ropes of the NFL, and not just on the field.

Freeman is quickly learning that the NFL is a business. That sometimes, unlike college, a coach has a limited window in which to prove his worth.

So it’s a bit concerning that if Raheem the Dream is shown the door in the coming days, that so too will Bucs offensive coordinator Greg Olson. Freeman believes this will not be a good thing for his development, writes Tom Balog of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

The two have established a solid working relationship since Freeman took over the starting job halfway through the season.

“It would be huge having the same coordinator, same quarterback coach, just familiar faces around the building, especially coach Olson,” Freeman said. “He has gotten to know me. I’ve gotten to know him. He knows my likes and dislikes. He knows how to push buttons to get more out of me. So just having him around and his teaching style, I think it would be great.”

Olson knows that the Buccaneers coaching staff will be undergoing some changes given the team’s 3-12 record, but like most of his fellow staff members, he does not know whether he will be asked to return.

“System-wise, to have to come in and try and learn a new system every year, it doesn’t benefit anybody,” Olson said.

This is what is dicey about possibly firing Raheem the Dream. A young quarterback needs consistency early in his career.

When Joe first spoke with Freeman after the Bucs first preseason game against Tennessee, it was easy to see that Olson had developed a bond with Freeman the way the rookie spoke of the then-Bucs quarterback coach.

If there would be a way, albeit unlikely, Joe would love for Olson to stay regardless of who is coach next year. Joe fears if there is yet another change in an offensive coordinator, Freeman might end up like Jason Campbell.

4 Responses to “Freeman Wants Olson To Stay”

  1. Sgt Mike Says:

    System! What system?! The system of Failure?!

  2. angrybuddha Says:

    But Jason Campbell’s just not very good… and if Freeman was a half-decent quarterback, then a good QB coach and a good OC will get that out of him. Olsen might be the former, but he’s a disaster as the latter. If Freeman played as poorly as he did (2 INTs yesterday were abysmal failures on his part: one deep when he underthrew AB who’d beaten his man; the other when he threw into triple coverage) yesterday, then maybe he needs a coach he doesn’t get along with so wel…

    Also, to make it clear, our offensive system blew chunks this year. Olsen must go.

  3. tnew Says:

    Glad Freeman isn’t the GM

  4. FlBoy84 Says:

    While I agree that stability is a needed ingredient to grooming a young QB, I think having a quality, successful system with a proven coordinator and QB coach is vitally more important. The Bucs need to decide who would be the best OC they can get that they feel they’ll be able to hang on to for at least the next 3-4 years (if not longer), as well as a QB coach that can take the time to refine Freeman’s mechanics to improve his accuracy. Just keeping Olson for the sake of the stability factor is misguided thinking, IMO.