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The Deal with Greg Olson


       Greg came to Tampa in the Gruden era, he is respected by many for the work he does with QBs. After Gruden was fired Olson wanted the coordinator job, but the owners and GM wanted an more experience guy in Jag. They almost lost Olson cause he had a job offer with the Chiefs but was restricted to leave. Once they seen what Jag was working with, everyone did not like the pass protection that came with his scheme plus his short playbook. The Bucs fired Jag and gave the job to Olson. To understand his scheme one will have to understand where he comes from.

         Olson coached and recruited Drew Brees at Purdue, he also coached Jeff Garcia when he was in San Fran. Olson was the QB coach for Shytown and the Lions, and midway through the 2005 season became the Lions Coordinator. After that he became the Rams coordinator in 06 and was fired after the 07 season, thats when Gruden scooped him up to become the QB coach. He got to be a good football mind if Gruden is going to trust him with his quarterbacks. 

        There is not 1 coach in the profession who has not been schooled by a great mind, I've always thought Mike Martz was 1 of those guys but Steve Maruiccui and Jon Gruden are the ones Olson has been schooled by. Under Scot Linehan Olson was in control of the offense so I don't think there was a big learning curve there. 

        After all that this is what you get from Olson. He  wants to say current and relevant within the offense this is a QB driven league which is set up for the passing game one in which you haft to have the vertical threat. Olson understands that and wants that with Tampa. In order to have that vertical threat you haft to have another compliment within the passing game other wise it will not be a threat, this is where Olson wants the WCO to come in to play. Wikipedia says: the WCO is an offense that utilizes short passes to move the football. This is done with precision timing and precision routes, and the 3 to 5 step drops the QB takes depends on the route called. This is what Olson will use to compliment the vertical game. Olson inherited something in Gruden, he seen how effective changing personnel and using different formation in the game can be, Earnest Graham, K2, and Cadillac being on the field at the same time gives Olson the ability to do this. The players mentioned allows Olson  to have guys on the field that are good in the short passing game, but will line up in a power run set (thats the Gruden deception).

      He does not have the pound the ball mentality but, he knows the offense has to have an effective run game for it to operate. While I don't see us running at a low percent like Philly does, I also don't see us grinding it out like Carolina does. I see our run game like Indy just keeping the run game effective but it will not be our main stay  Olson is a schemer though he wants to exploit teams weakness so if they can't stop the run I think he will pound the ball. 

     Hopefully this will give insight on the guy coordinating our offense, MR. Greg Olson 

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