Benn’d Around Architect Talks Adaptability

June 15th, 2013

morris and olsonJoe has little respect for the football mind of Greg Olson.

Any guy that would repeatedly inflict the famously heinous Benn’d Around play on Bucs fans because he couldn’t figure out how else to get Arrellious Benn involved in the offense is a flawed football thinker.

One of the absolute lowest points of Joe’s Bucs fandom was Olson calling the damn Benn’d Around on 3rd-and-2 at the Panthers’ 17 yard line late in the 2011 season. It’s damn rare in the NFL when a 12 yard loss surprises nobody in the building. But that was one of those times.

Olson is the Raiders’ new offensive coordinator, a baffling fact made only less baffling by Mike Shula now calling plays for the Panthers.

In a recent interview with The Oakland Tribune, Olson busted out the following: “I’ve been exposed to a number of different systems and if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s you’d better adapt to the players you have on your team.”

Hmm, Joe wonders if Olson learned about adaptability before or after the Benn’d around and his leading of the NFL’s most predictable offense in 2011.

Olson went on to talk about how he’s learned from greats and how Jon Gruden (of all people) was his chief mentor.

Q: Seeking player input, selling players on the system, was always a big thing with Gruden . . .

Olson: I would consider Jon probably my biggest influence in football because of his passion, his passion as a coach, his preparation, and his presentation, his presentation to the players is what you’re talking about, how to present it to him. He talked about that, ‘let’s find out what these guys can do and when you get in that position, Greg, make sure you’ve identified who are the guys you’ve got to get the ball to and what ways creatively can you do that.’

Ugh, Joe’s already getting re-steamed at Olson typing this up — and at Gruden for not finding a way to get Joey Galloway and Antonio Bryant on the field at the same time in 2008.

Joe’s grateful Mike Sullivan is in the building.

18 Responses to “Benn’d Around Architect Talks Adaptability”

  1. Biff Barker Says:

    Death to the dark days of dink and dunk! A damned disaster!

  2. GABA Says:

    True that !!!!!

  3. tmaxcon Says:

    Man the raiders must have not done ANY research… Olson is a joke!

  4. DrunkMonk Says:

    Seriously though, Gruden starting Griese over blue collar Garcia and having grudge matches between players got old fast. 2008 was a stressful season

  5. Sneedy16 Says:

    Honestly he would of made any QB in Tampa look bad. Josh successful season is when he didn’t know the plays, and that was the only time the offense wasn’t predictable.

    When he ran the plays called in 2011 the offense was predictable all they had to do is double Mike Williams and cover Winslow with a safety and you basically shut down the play. Benn was a non-factor and Sammy Stroughter was always hurt or couldn’t get open.

    I am so happy we got Vincent and Doug. Excited Buc fan here!!!!!! I’m flying in for a few games this year.

  6. Cannon Says:

    3 and 10, throw a 4 yard pass, punt

  7. stevek Says:

    Checkdown to Lumpkin.

    Benn’d Around.


    I am very glad to have this stooge outta sight, outta mind, outta town.

    Watching that offensive “strategy” was truly baffling.

    Honestly feel like, a “Joe” Buc’s Fan could call some better plays, seriously.

  8. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Well, at least we know the Raiders won’t be good this year. I would say the skins too, except that Shula is a Run first guy and they have RG3.

  9. Piratic Says:

    Joe says: “Joe’s grateful Mike Sullivan is in the building.”

    Me too, my man…me too.

    From that nightmarish Monday night against the Panthers in 2008 until the end of the 2011 season, it has definitely been a tough stretch for Bucs fans.

    My love for the Bucs never wavered during that time, and the anticipation I feel for the 2013 season is off the charts. The 2012 season is the reason why. To be certain, there are questionmarks, but that’s true of any team. We have young, talented players that are being coached up by a guy who seems to “get it”. Gruden lost his players’ respect because of his double-talk, and Morris lost respect because he was in over his head, and it was obvious. We now have a HC who is HONEST with his players, and has a definitive PLAN. That’s a pretty good foundation to build from. Cheers Joe!

  10. RachelWatson'sthong Says:

    Shula and Olsen. Two of the many names that will live in infamy in Buc history. If Shula didn’t have that last name he would not have a job in the NFL. Period. The only reason I can figure with Olsen is with that his Rat like face, people must think he’s related to Shanahan.

  11. Amar Says:

    “Benn’d Around Architect” GAWT DAMN hilarious!

  12. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    You know a team is going nowhere when they choose experience over production or potential. The Raiders and Panthers chose Olson and Shula because they have tons of experience as OC’s, not because they’ve ever done anything worthy of ever being an OC again.

    Those types of decisions always come from organizations that don’t know where they’re going, have no vision for their team and just want to feel safe by having someone experienced at the helm. It’s a philosophy of trying not to lose, rather than going all-out to win. It’s like the old prevent defense. All it does is prevent you from winning.

    Playing it safe is for losers and cowards. I’m glad Dominik and Schiano are trying to push the envelope as best they can. The Bucs are on the uptrend while teams like the Raiders and Panthers are on the way down.

  13. Jack Burton Mercer Says:

    Let it go. The end around was run six times that year, out of about 1000 plays. I think we ran it four times last year. Not much different. Olson is not that bad and definitely better than Shula. 2011 was ugly, but you never mention that Olson was the OC in 2010 when Freeman had his other good year. The head man has a lot to do with production from his assistants.

  14. Piratic Says:

    Let it go!?!
    Joe reports all things Bucs. How do you not know this? Are you new?

  15. Piratic Says:

    Oh, now I get it. Jack Burton Mercer=Greg Olson.
    Pathetic Greg, just pathetic.

  16. Oahubuc Says:

    What’s a Greg Olson?

  17. Joe Says:


    Olson is not that bad and definitely better than Shula.

    Mike Shula actually got fan favorite Shaun King to lead the Bucs to an NFC Championship game.

    Olson couldn’t get a “franchise quarterback” to a playoff game.

    Scoreboard, Shula.

  18. PRBucFan Says:

    “Fan favorite Shaun King”

    There ya go fishing with King again jajaja