What About Greg Olson?

February 13th, 2023

Once upon a time, an offensive coordinator got a monster 2010 season out of 22-year-old Bucs gunslinger Josh Freeman, 35 touchdown passes from 23 year old Blake Bortles, and did a nice job grooming rookie Derek Carr.

Oh, and he also coached Drew Brees in college.

Joe is referring to former Buccaneers playcaller and current Rams senior offensive advisor Greg Olson. The Bucs have yet to interview him for their open offensive coordinator job. Olson turns 60 in March.

Obviously, Olson is not an up-and-comer and he’s no superstar offensive coordinator. But he certainly seems like a reasonable option for a club likely looking to develop a young quarterback — and a team with a job that might be unattractive to a candidate with more upside.

Joe thinks Olson is at least worth a conversation, and perhaps that happened. The Bucs are under no obligation to share.

Joe wouldn’t scoff at Olson if he landed back in Tampa. Sean McVay isn’t exactly lacking for offensive wisdom in Los Angeles yet he hired Olson after Chucky’s coaching staff disbanded in Las Vegas.

Joe remembers years ago when Olson brought Freeman to study and train with Brees in the offseason. It seems like two lifetimes ago.

80 Responses to “What About Greg Olson?”

  1. Aceofaerospace Says:

    I’ll pass.

  2. AL121976 Says:

    ABSOLUTELY NOT. Did someone spike your drink Joe?

  3. catcard202 Says:

    Bowles scrapping the bottom of the barrel if this is an option….

  4. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Greg Olsen would be great…..(you misspelled his name, Joe……

    Bring him out of retirement and put him at TE.

  5. sasquatch Says:

    They’re looking for a young dynamic guy. Olson isn’t terrible. I mean, he’s a solid coach with tons of experience. We could do worse, but I’m still hoping we can do better.


    If we were going after Derek Carr, I would be all for it, but it does not appear that we are.

  7. LVMYBUCS Says:

    huhhhhhh things ain’t looking good for the future

  8. Jvato24 Says:

    We can bring back the BENNd around, it’ll be like the good ole days

  9. Joe Swanson Says:

    How about see what Dirk “Welcome Back Koetter” is doing?

  10. Bucs Lives Matter Says:

    So we’re throwing Greg Olson’s name around now? This is getting bad.

  11. Redeemer Says:

    They don’t even know who the qb will be. Why would anyone of note come here? This is a copycat league. Go pluck a guy from one of these hybrid west coast systems.

  12. Jack Clark Says:

    😂😂 This whole time I thought Greg Olson was the Carolina panthers tight end who use torch us

  13. Jack Burton Mercer Says:

    Olson is a good OC. Is he what we need? Just can’t tell.

  14. HC Grover Says:

    We may have to draft all the NFL Players to battle the Aliens. They are about the only people in shape.

  15. HC Grover Says:

    Gort at center Clatu at QB unstoppable. Clatu Verada Nictu HIKE!

  16. SKBucsFan Says:

    I’d rather take the Fox analyst.

  17. mg Says:

    Does Bill Walsh have any kids?

  18. Jason Says:

    If we don’t get a What about __________? article every day until the position is filled I will be severely disappointed.
    Don’t let me down Joe!!! Lol.

  19. Stebobucsfan Says:

    I think that Bucs are looking at young offensive minds who can also help with developing a young QB. What about the QB coach from the Giants. Is he still a candidate

  20. JonGruden Says:

    Call me!

  21. Who Says Says Can't Say Says:

    hire Gruden as OC

    Maybe he can do a good job and get his name on the Ring of Honor someday. 😉

  22. DBS Says:

    Once they have interviewed every QB coach on every team what’s next. Special Teams coach. College , High School. I am sure some JBF fan would do it. No. They don’t want to work for a lame duck coach either.

  23. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    I think Lucy’s neighbor, Fred Mertz, is available.

  24. mark2001 Says:

    AL…I don’t think Joe is joking. Like many of us have said, the guys aren’t just lining up to take this job right not. The reasons have been explained many times. What? You want O’Neil? I expect he would only do so if he can bring Jameis with him.

  25. Go Bucs Go Says:

    This “what about” in OC search is getting way old.
    It is painfully obvious nobody wants this job for whatever reason that I couldn’t care less.
    Let’s just fill the void, build the roster and just roll in 2023 season.
    There is just no other way.

    Go Bucs!

  26. Andy Says:

    Call KC, take Eric Bieniemy and give him the Assistant HC/Offensive Coordinator job. Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes can’t stop talking about him.

  27. Hodad Says:

    Maybe it would be easier to have Todd be O.C. too? Less people to fire next year.

  28. Goatfarmer Says:

    What about Simple Jack?

  29. mark2001 Says:

    Let’s just fill the void, build the roster and just roll in 2023 season.

    At this point it looks like fill the void with someone never having the job before or even calling pays, build the roster after eating the massive salary cap by plugging in some unknown guys, and roll the thing into the ditch.

  30. Rod Munch Says:

    Leftwich was fired, in part, because he was super predictable. Well, the same thing can be said about Greg Olson, he’s another coach that thinks you just run it up the middle on every first down. I will say I don’t recall him being as bad as Leftwich, but that’s like saying something smells better than horses—, it’s a very low bar to clear.

  31. Rod Munch Says:

    Tell Bruce Arians he can call the game from home, and let him have the job. He can just get on Skype or something.

  32. SB~LV Says:

    Lol~~~ the G’Boyz and Jason are strolling the NFL auction floor but are coming up empty….. SILENCE
    Since the last whistle of the last game 30 days ago and
    1,000’s of news cycles.
    Something is WRONG

  33. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Greg Olson?????

    Are you kidding me???

  34. mg Says:

    With this ownership Matt Patricia is a possibility.

  35. crazyhorse54 Says:

    This is what happens when a team can’t sign a signature OC. They get desperate. Any OC will do. They have interviewed a whole host of potentials. ALL turned them down. The common denominator is 1. Bowles 2. No QB The answer, in part, is to hire an entirely new staff or ask Arians to step in as OC.

    These are perilous times for our Bucs. But, one more thing… If the Saints, which are in the same cap hell as the Bucs, can sign Carr, why can’t the Bucs? They both have magicians in charge of the cap number, so why can’t the Bucs sign him if they like him?

  36. Da Bucs Guy Says:

    Dirk Keotter and David Carr could actually work.

  37. SB~LV Says:

    The most bizarre chapter in Buccaneers history is careening after an ever increasing speed into collapse!
    Sell the team Glazer’s

  38. 407buc Says:

    It’s going to be really tough to hire an OC under a coach that will probably be fired next year.The new OC will be here for one year

  39. Davenport Says:

    At this point, its not about who we want, its about who will take the job. What a sad state this team is

  40. Rod Munch Says:

    Da Bucs Guy Says:
    February 13th, 2023 at 6:47 pm
    Dirk Keotter


    Dirk was an excellent OC when he was here. The issue, like with Bowles, is that he wasn’t headcoaching material. Also Dirk ran a very balanced offense when he was the OC.

    With all that said, I’d rather just bet on a random young guy for OC and see what happens. I’d rather see the Bucs crash and burn and get that #1 pick in 2024, than just go 6-11 and pick 9th overall and take another Vernon Hargreaves. Or, maybe just maybe, the young OC and Trask click and suddenly you got something to build off.

  41. Winky Says:

    Is Spurrier available?

    Go Bucs!!!

  42. DrunkinYbor Says:

    How about a blast from the past. Dirk Koetter? Look what he did with Matt Ryan. Also did anyone see the four letter power ranking? They ranked is 25th. The next lowest team that made the playoffs is the Giants at 15. Wow

  43. chark Says:

    yeah what about spurrier and lets get tebow while we are at it

  44. Just Leave Trask Alone Says:

    I’m beginning to think nobody wants this job.

  45. SB~LV Says:

    Why are they interviewing John Fetterman ?

  46. Redeemer Says:

    Why would anyone want this job? Even if Brady had stayed, it’s still a one or two year proposition at best. Hate to say it, but we’re porked. Of course ownership wants that home playoff game, but the long term ramifications of being middlers is great. Smart teams pick a window and exploit it. I’d rather be horrible and secure as many picks as possible, as opposed to winning a terrible division and getting blown out. At this point, give me any young fresh mind. Brand New offense with an ability to scheme things up. So sad, so depressing. Go Bucs, go

  47. chark Says:

    where is the bucs oc search is going next

  48. Rayjay1122 Says:

    Nobody wants to take the job because it is not wise to do so. No established starting QB, a team with salary cap woes and a clown for a HC, I mean who in their right mind would want to step into that mess?

  49. BucsFan81 Says:

    Now that we have turned back into the Yucs we will have to over pay to get coaches and players.

  50. Rod Munch Says:

    The issue with getting an OC is that everyone knows this is a one and done deal, as Bowles is going to get fired at the end of the season. Also with no QB and no money, there’s almost no chance you’re successful.

    I still don’t get why they fired Leftwich. To be clear, I think he should have been fired after the Steelers game, and he deserved to be fired, but the team should be all about losing and cleaning up the cap, and no one gave you a better chance at losing than Leftwich.

    Speaking of Leftwich, I can’t believe he didn’t get another job right away. I mean you have the Bucs as a top scoring offense for years, lead the league in passing multiple times, gee, I wonder why nobody wants to hire this brilliant offensive mind. Oh right, because the two times that Leftwich has been OC without Arians telling him directly what to do in games, he’s had two of the worst scoring offenses in the NFL.

  51. Dwight Schrute Says:

    I’d like to offer my services:

    * Leader and mentor of underlings.
    * Able to raise and lower cholesterol at will.
    * Expert in martial arts and weaponry.
    * 13 time winner of salesman of the month.
    * Resistance to germs, fungal, viruses and most other health threats

    In short: The ideal candidate!

  52. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Gotta go young OC at this point and just roll with it.

  53. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Put the Gummies down Joe!

  54. mark2001 Says:

    Please boys…I told you it would work out this way a week or two ago. It is irrational to think any experienced OC would come in here to work with a one-year wonder. We will get some guy we think has potential, that will take the job. And hope for a moonshot. Always was going to be that way since they kept Bowles and fired Lefty.

  55. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Teams In Search of OC’s
    -Arizona Cardinals
    -Baltimore Ravens
    -Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    -Washington Commanders

    Per: Jeremy Fowler @JFowlerESPN
    Former #Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman is set to interview for the #Commanders offensive coordinator job on Tuesday, per sources.

    Why haven’t we interviewed Greg Roman?

  56. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    Make it 10 interviews. Lions assistant head coach/running backs coach Scottie Montgomery

  57. Anonymous Says:

    Are we really this screwed? Tell me we didn’t just wait for some guy who never intended on signing up with us!
    Nobody wants to get Near us since we let Byron Leftwich and Todd Bowles destroy our season! What are we offering for a payday out there? Crackerjacks?

    Those guys better PONY UP THE DOUGH! The Glazers are ALSO directly responsible for this train wreck and they better get realistic QUICK!

    When the entire league realizes that they let Benedict “Leftwich” Arnold sabotage the ENTIRE SEASON and that Bowles nor Licht was man enough to set it right ONE WAY OR THE OTHER… Then NOBODY respects or fears you. NOBODY!

    So they have to BUY that loyalty! They have done this to themselves and ALL of the Buccaneers Fans! They better PONYUP THE DOUGH! And STOP acting like they have a leg to stand on! Nobody wants to sign up with Bowles. Not even his “so called friends”

    How EMBARRASSING it was to hang Tom Brady out there as if were reality AS IT IS! We do have even have a QB for an OC to consider working with as it is! Hey I like the idea of clearing the books with Trask and finding out what we have in him.. BUT most potential candidates SURELY DO NOT LIKE THAT IDEA AT ALL!! We look bad right now No Matter the angle you’re looking at us with…

    As it stands, we’d be lucky to get a decent (desperate for a promotion) college coach and THAT’S NOT LOOKING GOOD EITHER!

    The Best idea is to stop the bleeding and BUY an OC before it gets WORSE!

  58. mark2001 Says:

    LUV…what so many Buc fans fail to recognize, is that the football universe doesn’t revolve around the Bucs. We are competing with many other teams, many having better situations than we do. These guys are Pros. Most want to be HC’s someday. You don’t do that by taking a one-year job, with a HC that may hurt more than help in the entire scheme of thing, where you are fired in a year and have to go to college coaching and such to restore your career. With things as they are… our QB situation, our cap situation, or O line and RB stable under contract, we may be among the worst teams to really make a go of it. Why haven’t we heard of interviewing Roman? He may have told us, you have to be kidding.

  59. mark2001 Says:

    Some fans are really funny. Not just some Bucs fans, but fans across the league. They love their team, so they figure everyone else should, and should jump at the chance to work here. Newsflash. That isn’t the case. It is their careers. They look for the best situation for the present and career advancement. They don’t bleed green and gold or Red and Pewter. It is a business…a job to them. And frankly, this situation isn’t really good right now.

  60. Elita Vita Says:

    Greg Olsen seems very talented at what he is presently doing on air. If he can remain in some capacity doing analysis I think that would be the best option for him.

  61. Da Bucs Guy Says:


    They did ask him, and he replied that he would “I’d rather bend over at a Nickelback concert…”

  62. mark2001 Says:


  63. Go Bucs Go Says:

    Given this dire and uncertain situation…
    Looking back, I’ve just realized how lucky we were to get Brady to sign here and win SB. For the past three years, I took that privilege for granted somewhat. As a result, I find myself having difficulty handling the reality. Gradually but surely, it will hit every Bucs fan.

    Go Bucs!

  64. TOMMY MORDUE Says:


  65. mark2001 Says:

    Tommy can you hear me? But seriously, why would Eric want to come here? Just what I was talking about. Now if he was taking Bowles job, you might have a chance. But really. I know it is late and such. But you sound like you have been in AR’s dark room a few days already and are starting to hallucinate.

  66. DBS Says:

    How about the first female from a flag football league? No? That won’t happen either. They are not even attracted here.

  67. Oddball Says:

    What about Simple Jack?

    Goatfarmer: never go full r3tard. Oh wait we already did with Lefty.

  68. gotbbucs Says:

    What’s Jeff Jagodzinski up to these days?

  69. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    I heard Jeff Tedford was available as well.

  70. Dave fan 76 Says:

    Maybe they can hire Gruden for offensive coordinator!

  71. WalkdaPlank Says:

    Ah yes, Greg “Legarrette Blount up the middle on 1st and 2nd and a slant to Mike Williams on 3rd” Olson.

    Freeman and the Bucs did well that year because they had the most cupcake schedule in franchise history and still only won 10 games. Granted it was a great turnaround from 3 wins the season before, but they only won 1 game against a winning team, and it was the Saints in Week 17, a meaningless game for Brees and company. Then right back to 4-12. The coaching staff lost that team. But Raheem was a young up and comer, plenty of room to improve. Olson is an old head where you know what you’re getting.

    Hire him if you want if you want to return to the Lost Decade for which he was personally a trailblazer for.

  72. adam from ny Says:

    so monken ain’t coming…he woulda been here already…



  73. adam from ny Says:

    there’s a youtube junk food review guy named ken domik…

    he’s from canada…

    maybe we make him the OC



  74. Delusional Intelligence Says:

    Well, If we are just going to throw names at a wall an see what sticks, How about….

    Peyton Manning?
    Philip Rivers?
    Raheem Morris?
    Doug Marrone?
    Dirk Koetter?
    Coach Klien from Waterboy?

  75. Ander Says:

    Might as well bring marcus arroyo back at this point

  76. adam from ny Says:

    google ken domik…he might be “the guy”


  77. adam from ny Says:

    go to this on youtube ——> KBDProductionsTV


  78. Eric Says:

    chucky plus carr.

  79. The Anomaly Says:

    No. SMDH

  80. DrunkinYbor Says:

    How about Toes on The Line. Go full speed on a kneel down Greg Shiano! What a tough guy he was! Billy B. in New England highly highly recommends him as a do it all mastermind. Also is Leeman Bennet still around he’d be great also! Wait I have got it! This next guy was watching games on his basement and had a out of body experience. He saw the game on 4D He was masterminding game plans and seeing things no other coach saw. He can do everything. He very experienced as he was umm let go of course they just couldn’t see his brilliance. Ladies and Gentleman one of humanity’s greatest minds. The spectacular Sir. Lovie Smith! He watched t.v. after Da Bears parted ways with him so he knows offense!.
    Try not to throw up on yourselves lol 😂