Bucs Active In Free Agency — For Coaches

August 9th, 2011

The Bucs’ grand master plan seems to equate signing high-priced free agents to a shameful admission of failure.

Fans have heard the Bucs brass say numerous times that missing on a player in the draft means you admit defeat and fill the spot in free agency — or draft a replacement, as was the case with Barrett Ruud.

But the Bucs are eager to dabble in free agency when it comes to coaches, so says rockstar general manager Mark Dominik.

Speaking today to Steve Duemig on WDAE-AM 620, the rockstar talked about the exhaustive no-stone-unturned offseason search for the best available defensive line coaches and shared a story of Keith Millard and Grady Stretz bonding instantly.

When it came to new offensive line coach Pat Morris, Dominik said it was an easy call to hire the man that “has got the utmost respect in the National Football League.”.

“I think he was the highest paid offensive line coach in the league last year. And obviously, they made some changes at Minnesota, which made him available. And that was easy. That was a quick phone call,” Dominik said. “Let’s bring him in here because I think he can really help our squad. Those [other coaching searches] were exhaustive, but at the same point, we felt like we could upgrade our football team. It’s not just sometimes talent. It’s coaches, too.”

So it seems the Bucs have the highest paid O-line in the NFL and the highest paid O-line coach.

As for coaches getting paid, Joe can only imagine what Greg Olson will command if the Bucs have a top-10 offense this year. Joe’s pretty certain Olson’s contract is up after the season and the Bucs would be nuts to part with him if he has that kind of success.

33 Responses to “Bucs Active In Free Agency — For Coaches”

  1. BigMacAttack Says:

    If Olie get us in the playoffs he deserves big money and so does Raheem. But if this offense is a s good as I expect it to be, Olie may get a head coaching gig. I think he has possibly found his niche, now that Raheem indoctrinated him on when to pass and when to run.

  2. Fear The Glo Says:

    Greg Olson and Rich Bisaccia are two guys that have been on the Bucs staff in recent years that I could see being successful head coaches.

    I really hope Olson stays around a few more years but its pretty unlikely if our offense keeps going at the pace they did last year.

  3. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    An assistant head coach title, lots of autonomy and a big fat contract will keep Olson in Tampa Bay. It worked for years with Monte Kiffin and hopefully it’ll work with Olson, as well. He’s been almost as vital to this offenses success as Freeman and the Bucs must do everything in their capacity to retain him in his current role.

  4. gotbbucs Says:

    olson’s play calling gets better the more time passes from his days beside gruden. i dont think dominik would let him go without a fight.

  5. the_buc_realist Says:


    thats because he is finally understanding the Playbook he kept from Gruden,

  6. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Unfortunately, I think it’s going to be awful hard to keep Olson in Tampa, especially if he have the kind of year on offense that I think we are going to have. From what I have read, he seems to have an interest in becoming a head coach in the NFL. We will miss him greatly.

  7. gotbbucs Says:

    realist, you know i think you may be right. olson now understands how absolutely ridiculous gruden’s playbook was. last year’s offense looked nothing like gruden’s, nice try though.

  8. TrueBlue Says:

    It seems they put to good use the money saved not throwing it around on high price free agent players. Yeh, I know it’s not cap money, but it’s still pocket money, and it all goes to making a better team.

  9. JakeBucsFan Says:

    Joe, I saw a cool feature on Josh Freeman today. I think it was on ESPN but not sure because I was working out at the gym and there was no sound and I only stopped to watch it for like 30 seconds a couple times but it looked like a pretty in depth interview. Do they put up links on their website to features like that?

  10. the_buc_realist Says:

    guess you never saw Gruden with the Raiders, or what Gruden was about to start with the Bucs just before the Glazers lost all the cash. But please tell me when this team gets higher than third place or beats the Falcons. Neither has happen since Coach Gruden was here.

  11. usmc-buc Says:

    It was a segment on E:60, its was pretty amazing actually. Too bad if you missed it.

  12. gotbbucs Says:

    realist, there just arent enough 30+ year old fa’s year after year for gruden to sustain anymore. i dont give a damn what he had with the raiders, our offese was awful under gruden. that isnt just my opinion, that is a fact.

  13. Eric Says:

    So free agancy is used only if you make a mistake in the draft?

    The Pats didnt get that memo………….

  14. JakeBucsFan Says:

    Eric your a member of the Patriots front office?

  15. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    ……..Then go cheer for the Pats.

  16. HolyBuc Says:

    Haynesworth and ochostinko where trades who else they pickup? Shuan Ellis paid four mil and thru on the pup list. Belicheat is a genius funny how he hasn’t won a superbowl since they got busted.

  17. Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    Players can make a coach look like a genius, or a moron. Before Blount gave Tampa the ability to run the ball, Coach Olsen was looking like a mere mortal. Now, he looks like a genius, and I am glad for it. I always liked Coach Olsen, but his offense depends on a balanced attack. As great as Josh Freeman and Mike Williams are, w/o Blount, they are not as effective.

  18. BigMacAttack Says:

    Hey Brandon,
    Red Devil, where are you bud?
    Raheem talks about the mic’d up defenders in his Presser today and the amount their allowed and who wears them. He pretty much answers your question, and they do have extra helmets for those players in case both play together.

  19. Architek Says:

    Wrong board guy. We don’t care to discuss Pats around here. No one cares about the Pats fronty office or their player acquisitions. Only focused on Tampa.

  20. Joe Says:


    Sometimes BSPN does. I checked, no video uploaded… yet.

  21. MikeBucFan Says:

    @ Apple Roof, that’s true in a lot of cases but not so much for Olson. He was god awful in 09 but part of that was because he was thrown into the position. 2010 his situational play calling was much better, and I expect him to REALLY open up the playbook this year and let Free sling the ball around.
    The best is yet to come for #5 folks!

  22. Patrick Says:

    I love the job Olsen has done with Freeman and our offense, but isn’t funny how there’s already a possibility that he could become a coach in the near future, yet Monte Kiffin never became a head coach in the NFL?

  23. McBuc Says:

    Monte never wanted to be a head coach, he stated that for years. The Bucs also paid him well. GHe left to help his son.

  24. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    I would love the bucs to be more like the pats, is there a bello hick clone around somewhere? Hell, I’ll take Josh mcdaniels at this point.

  25. BigMacAttack Says:

    Instant Dumbass.

  26. McBuc Says:

    Thomas 2.2 on Raheem Morris “Hell, I’ll take Josh mcdaniels at this point.”. Most ignorant quote of his posting career. Thanks for showing your ass one more time for us Thomas. I bet Denver wishes they hired Morris when they had the chance. This quote really takes away any credible reason why you dislike Morris so much.

  27. McBuc Says:

    Oh BTW Thomas, how did Bill’s first couple years as a head coach work out? You would have run him out of town, and regreted it later, just like the Brown’s fans.

  28. Ash Says:

    Thomas 2.2 inches would take a coach that was blown out in his second season than a coach that turned a team from 3 wins to 10. What an idiot!

    On another note if/when we do lose Olson, I think AVP will be ready to take the reigns as OC and I would rather that than bringing someone totally foreign to the team.

  29. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    Gruden took the team from 5 wins to 11 in 1 year yet you fools never mention that.Last year was a gift schedule of horrible, injured and washed up qb’s – the record means nothing when they win 7 this year.

  30. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    The mcdaniels quote was a joke, but just think that Denver picked mcdaniels over rah rah. Assuming that they had any interest in rah and weren’t just satisfying the Rooney rule.

  31. The D Says:

    Gruden also took a 12-4 team that won the Superbowl and lead it to two losing seasons that won 12 games combined……

  32. JoshBucsFan Says:

    Careful Thomas, sounds like your accusing the broncos of only showing intrest in raheem to satisfy the Rooney rule.

  33. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    “but just think that Denver picked mcdaniels over rah rah.”


    So you are basing how good a coach is by what Denver does in the hiring process? You don’t think great coaches have ever been passed up for jobs before? Do you really blame anyone for calling you stupid? Don’t you think we are more than justified when you type the things you type. Some people just don’t get it, and never will (shaking my head).