Greg Olson “Stubborn With The Run?”

September 24th, 2011

Trent Dilfer has pored over Bucs game film and determined that Greg Olson is an underrated offfensive mastermind, so he claimed in a story tucked behind the cloak of paid insider content.

Perhaps Olson is an emerging genius, but one reason Dilfer offers is Olson’s commitment to pounding the rock. Huh? This caught Joe’s eye, since Olson hasn’t felt like that kind of guy during his tenure.

“Greg Olson, offensive coordinator, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

“… … This  reminds me of Olson, who uses similar formations over and over, but employs new little wrinkles that make what Tampa does deceptive and difficult to prepare for.

“He also has two other traits from the list above that are great.  He’s very QB-driven and builds great protection schemes that have  helped Josh Freeman develop faster that many thought he would. He has integrated young wide receivers such as Mike Williams and Arrelious Benn quickly. Lastly, he is stubborn with the run. Even when the blocking is so-so, he got LeGarrette Blount his touches last year, and it paid off. He has continued that in 2011, and the winning drive against Minnesota last week was a classic case in point, as he pounded Blount successfully because it was working,  even when you’d assume pass was the call. I love what Olson is doing.”

Interestingly, on The Jeff Faine Show on WQYK-AM 1010  last night, Faine told a story of how he, offensive line coach Pat Morris and quarterback coach Alex Van Pelt hustled over to Olson at halftime of the Bucs-Vikings game to demand that he stick with the running game.

Would they do such a thing if Olson was “stubborn with the run” as Dilfer claims?

Faine didn’t say what Olson himself wanted to run or what his response was. But Faine said he was asking for the run call that brought LeGarrette Blount’s first touchdown.

“We could tell we were wearing them down,” said Faine, who added he was “proud” the coaches had “the courage and guts” to stick with the gameplan.

Olson has done some great stuff with the Bucs offense, but Joe would hardly call him a run-first guy.

14 Responses to “Greg Olson “Stubborn With The Run?””

  1. Buc_The_World Says:

    So basically the center, the O-line coach, and the QB coach have better instincts than the OC when it comes to the gameplan. Wow. Not surprised though.

  2. jvato24 Says:

    But Joe, Dilfer watched the 30 second highlight clip on ESPN. Doesn’t that tell the whole story ??

  3. jlynch Says:

    SHUT UP FAINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Brad Says:

    Olson is the only reason this offense isn’t one of the tops in the NFL. His planning and scripts to start games are the only reason this team sucks at getting off to fast starts. He doesn’t trust Freeman and it’s only after the team is down in points does he open the playbook up. His non hat wearing self is bad for this young team and he will continue to stunt the growth of this offense as long as he is here. If this offense doesn’t start quick this week I’d say it’s time to make a change and actually hire an offensive coordinator that deserves to be one. I don’t want to have to sit in our stadium and wait for this offense struggle to get going again. It’s time to face facts.. Olson sucks!!!

  5. Vince Says:

    Shhhhh….If you listen carefully you can hear Dilfer throw another interception.

  6. KD Says:

    @Tampa Bayyy- it’s not all Olson’s fault, but call it a hunch, I’m guessing that the constistent first half 3 and outs have a little bit to do with the defense staying on the field. How the hell are they supposed to get off when the offense stays on the field (in the first half) for 45 seconds? The offense needs to stay on the field so the defense can stay off. It’s really not a difficult concept to grasp.

    P.S. Nobody gives a damn about what you think of the fanbase. And if the fanbase thinks that Olson is hindering our defense, they are correct.

  7. Leighroy Says:

    Tampa Bayyy…. you act like you didn’t see the defense play in the first quarter. They got 2 stops on vike’s first drives.

    The offensive line simply didn’t execute the first half. I’m rewatching the game RIGHT NOW on dvr and the playcalling is fine. I thought the script would have worked out pretty damn well if the o-line could have just executed their blocks save for the first snap of the game being Free’s fault.

    I hate how fans blame coaches for player’s lack of execution. You could see they had the potential to do it in the 2nd half when they, well, did it. And we were UNSTOPPABLE. If anything blame Olsen and Raheem for not having these guys ready to destroy people from the get-go, but don’t act all ignorant and claim that the youngest D in the league is crawling with Sapps and Brooks in their prime. They played pretty damn well when it counted last week.

  8. KD Says:

    @Leighroy – I agree with most of what you said, but some blame has to be put on the coaches. The line did look sluggish in the 1st half, but in my opinion we didn’t give the run a fair chance in the half. And poor playcalling had a HUGE roll in our loss against Detroit. The coaches, from Raheem to Olson to Pat Morris, all have to take (some of) the blame.

  9. Tampa--->Baaaaaaayyyy Says:


    It went from Barrett Ruud to Greg Olson.

    I am fed up with all you Raheem Morris apologists.

  10. KD Says:

    @Tampa – Maybe if you actually read what I said instead of listening to the voice inside your head saying “EVERYONE LOVES RAHEEM BUT HE SUXXXXX WHY AM I THE ONLY ONE TO SEE IT?” then you would see that I said the blame must fall on Raheem and the coaching staff. And sorry we let go of all world lb Barrett Ruud, the market was just way too strong. I really miss our linebacker being stuck on blocks 7 yards beyond the l.o.s. He sure got that fat contract that he was looking for though! Congrats, Barrett!

  11. Capt.Tim Says:

    LeighRoy- thank god someone else actually watches Film!!!
    If you watch the game film film, two thing EXPLODE Off the screen. The Center, Right guard and Right Tackle are horrible. Two can’t run block, one is like a child is pass blocking. Just terrible- no plays will work with 3 players playing that badly. They played better in the 2nd half of the Minnesota game- which is goI’d- otherwise we would have lost every game!

    The other issue is OLB- black is totally useless and worthless at every task he is supposed to do- run stopping, Coverage, tackling, etc,etc. I bet he spills his Gatoraide!! He shouldn’t even be in the league- much less on the field!
    Hayes is bad also- he doesn’t play most downs, he sort of cherry picks for splash plays. He has done a lil better than last year- but the guy should be third string backup/ special teams.

    Scouting reports/ experts all point this out( Meybe more delicately than I did).
    It’s just obvious! But you read the post here, and it’s like they watched a different team!

    I’m glad,LeighRoy, that someone else is reviewing tape, and knows which slackers are hurting the team!

    Now if I can just Somebody to tell me why we signed half of the slackers to new, Big contracts?? After doing so well in their second year, Raheem and Dominick are TRYING to fail this year. They already benched Black. How many more games do we lose til they bench the other slackers

  12. Capt.Tim Says:

    Tampa Gaaaay- there is space available at the skyway bridge jumper station.
    If Black goes back in the line up- I’ll be joining you there.

  13. Espo Says:

    We have an amazing QB and our coaches (all of them) want to show him off. Hopefully they learn that running consistently, even if not successfully, will set up the pass. And vice versa.

    Timmy why’d you call that man gay? You know him personally?

  14. BecklesHeartsRuud Says:

    Tampa—–> bay- and we hate you buddy!! Feel free to FOAD!