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: September 15, 2011, 09:50:58 PM

The genisis of this post is one sentence, written in one article, by one writer, and in this fan's eyes, is the direct responsibility of one man.  That one man would be Mark Dominik.

The following is to his direct attention:

mdominik@nfl.buccaneers.com
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Mr. Dominik,

It is my personal obligation, as a lifelong Buccaneers fan, to inform you of my opinion.

Please let me begin by telling you that personally, I am very pleased with your performance both as the Director of Pro Personnel and as our team's General Manager, and your formative years assisting this team to 7 playoff appearances and 4 NFCS division titles was impressive as well.  Please allow me to proceed with strictly the future in mind.

Pardon my brutal honesty, but I implore you to please replace our current Offensive Coordinator, Greg Olson, as soon as it is feasible.  Preferably within 3-4 weeks, offering Olson (as part of his settlement package) the opportunity to stay with us as an "Offensive Consultant", during the transition.

Although I do recognize Greg's many years of service in the college and professional ranks, the unfortunate truth is his experience is simply insufficeint and insignificant, based on both past succsses, and the performance of our offense as a whole since his employ.  While his experience at the college level is recognized, the level of the teams for whom he was associated with (with the possible expception of Purdue University) are simply not significant enough to provide the leadership as Offensive Coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  In the words of our team's vice president Joel Glazer:  "Mediocrity will never be standard for the Buccaneers", and to put it honestly - we have performed well below mediocre offensively since his arrival, and subsequent promotion to Offensive Coordinator.

I do understand that as a team, we may suffer a drop in performance, from an offensive production standpoint, in the short term.  We trust that you will provide a candidate for the team you are confident in, as your performance review will be performed annually, and the performance of the staff is a direct reflection of your personal effectiveness as a General Manager.

It is my opinion that although Mr. Olson is a promising young coordinator, he is far from qualified for the position.  Mr. Olson only has 2 years of professional experience prior to the Bucs signing him, including serving as the Offensive Coordiinator for the Detroit Lions for only 5 games (following the Thanksgiving Day disaster that was cause for the termination of Head Coach Steve Mariucci).  His performance with the Detroit Lions must not have been noteworthy, or I am sure he would have been retained to continue serving in that capacity.

As his career continued with the St. Louis Rams, he began his first season posting a paltry 3.13 points per first quarter.  It should be noted that over half of those 16 games began without scoring a single point in the first quarter as well. He was armed with Marc Bulger who threw for over 4,300 yards and was a Pro Bowl selection, as well as Steven Jackson entering his prime with over 1,500 rushing yards and 800 receiving yards in 2006.  With these impressive degrees of personal accomplishments by both, somehow a record of only 8-8 was achieved.  The following season the Ram's managed to limp to a 3-13 season, prompting the termination of Greg Olson with other coaching dismissals.

How Olson's resume, with such a poor body of work, was ever even considered for even the position of QB Coach should be re-evaluated.

I am confident that Mr. Olson will be able to secure employment within the league, perhaps as a position coach with some team.  But at this time, he is not the right person our young, inexperienced offense requires.

If I may add, there is a significant amount of grumbling coming from our fanbase that our franchise quarterback is appearing inept and performing very poorly, or at the very least, not performing as well as he has, or should.  It is also my opinion that Josh Freeman appears to be very uninspired, and I truly believe it is due to Mr. Olson's inability to lead our offense, prepare our team with a compitent and effective gameplan, or groom our promising young quarterback.  To suggest Josh freeman has regressed, although arguable, and a distinct posibility, seems highly unlikely.  He has shown us enough for all us to know, without a doubt, that he has superior skills, and shows enough promise to possibly achieve greatness.  To deny what his potentials are would be foolhardy, but to allow an illequipped, inexperienced, mediocre Offenseive Coordinator to direct our offense in the years to come would be detrimental, at best, and possibly impede what you are striving to build as a General Manager.

Please...  Do not take this as a reactionary request, based on the outcome of a few pre-season games and an opening day loss, but rather with the hope that the change of methodolgy an experienced, aggressive individual may provide the Buccaneers.

Best Regards,
Mr. Bucs FTW
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I don't wish bad for the guy, really...  But the fact of the matter remains:  This team's direction on offense NEEDS A CHANGE.  Our coaching staff has to look at Freeman for what he is, a huge, athletic, big-armed, physical quarter back.  Why we don't couple a solid QB with an attacking offense, I have NO IDEA.  Someone please...  tell why it would be a bad idea, or more importantly - would you want what we've had for the past few seasons?

I want an experienced individual, with a proven successful track record in the NFL, as our new offensive coordinator.  I feel we should do so as soon as possible, although I will obviously admit - changing any time other than the off-season is unusual...  (Rights Jags?)


By ANWAR S. RICHARDSON | The Tampa Tribune
Published: September 14, 2011
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"This team has gone 55 games without scoring more than 7 points."

To put that in perspective for some younger fans...  That was week 4, of the 2007 season, when we last scored two touchdowns in the first quarter.  Remember...?  The second touchdown was the drive where Caddy tore his patellar tendon (the FIRST time).  Yeah.......  It was THAT long ago.

I have absolutely NOTHING against the guy personally.  Nothing.


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#1 : September 15, 2011, 10:04:27 PM

I have no words...O.o

I dunno, BFTW...Josh was brought up with him. You want him to struggle learning a new offense DURING the season? I'd wait til the off-season, myself.

Wait...I guess I had words after all. :D

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#2 : September 15, 2011, 10:05:52 PM

Greg Olson will land a head coaching gig in the NFL or in college football soon enough. He is very well respected around the league, which is something that can't be said for Dominik or even Morris.

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#3 : September 15, 2011, 10:09:55 PM

Or you around here, eh 'Huckie? :D

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#4 : September 15, 2011, 10:45:21 PM

Greg Olson will land a head coaching gig in the NFL or in college football soon enough. He is very well respected around the league, which is something that can't be said for Dominik or even Morris.

That was my call weeks ago...  But I see him more in a "sink or swim" contract year.  If he does great...HC next year.  If he/we suck wind, he'll be lucky to get an assistants position at Our Sister Of The Bleeding Wrist...

Dom not respected...?  I beg to disagree sir.  He'd land a spot as a GM in a heartbeat next season.  IF he had to, which he won't.

Raheem...?  I just don't know.

Olson...? I'd pay for his airfare out of town!


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#5 : September 15, 2011, 10:46:34 PM

I have no words...O.o

I dunno, BFTW...Josh was brought up with him. You want him to struggle learning a new offense DURING the season? I'd wait til the off-season, myself.

Wait...I guess I had words after all. :D

We did it to Jags, which is how Olson giot the friggin' position as well...!


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#6 : September 15, 2011, 11:16:58 PM

I think the decision to fire or keep Olson is ultimately up to Morris, not Dominik. It won't happen during the season unless things get really out of hand so we'll just wait and see.

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#7 : September 15, 2011, 11:37:41 PM

I think a lot of fans are not giving Detroit enough credit for making our offense look bad. That is one of, if not the best defensive lines in the league, and they could well be a top 5 run defense. I'm not going to say that I'm real happy with the play calling, but I do think the offense can still come around enough for us to have a good season. If that doesn't happen, then the writing is on the wall for Olson and even if it does maybe it still should be because I don't know if we can win an a championship without more consistent play calling. 

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#8 : September 16, 2011, 08:02:47 AM

I think a lot of fans are not giving Detroit enough credit for making our offense look bad. That is one of, if not the best defensive lines in the league, and they could well be a top 5 run defense. I'm not going to say that I'm real happy with the play calling, but I do think the offense can still come around enough for us to have a good season. If that doesn't happen, then the writing is on the wall for Olson and even if it does maybe it still should be because I don't know if we can win an a championship without more consistent play calling.

While I won't deny that Detroit has obviously made strides to improve their team, including the FA acquisitions they've added, they're by no means considered to be a top-tier team.

I am NEVER going to be "content" when our team fails to at least compete with teams that are considered mediocre.


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#9 : September 16, 2011, 11:19:46 AM

A vary valid concern, sir. As far as who does the hiring and/or firing, I have no idea. I suspect there'd be mutual agreement between Dom and Rah, probably even the owners, before it would happen. I have to agree the trend has been alarming...

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#10 : September 16, 2011, 11:23:03 AM


I dunno, BFTW...Josh was brought up with him. You want him to struggle learning a new offense DURING the season? I'd wait til the off-season, myself.


You thought our offense stuck last week? Wait until we put in a new offense and the WR and young TE REALLY have no idea what they are doing and Freeman is throwing to ghost receivers.

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#11 : September 16, 2011, 11:26:33 AM

Olson called a better game on offense than Raheem did on defense.   


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#12 : September 16, 2011, 11:30:14 AM

A vary valid concern, sir. As far as who does the hiring and/or firing, I have no idea. I suspect there'd be mutual agreement between Dom and Rah, probably even the owners, before it would happen. I have to agree the trend has been alarming...

It's not a new trend.

This has been going on for years.

The Bucs have a reputation (and the records supports it) of slow starters.

It started with (play not to lose Dungy), then Gruden and now Morris.

When is the last time you saw a Bucs game and felt at ease after the first quarter?

I rest my case.

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#13 : September 16, 2011, 11:43:33 AM

OK, quick question, lets say the Dom does as you request and lets Olson go, who then takes over OC and play calling duties? Yarber? P. Morris? Van Pelt? Roberts? Stukes? It's not like there is a great name sitting out there ready to take over.

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#14 : September 16, 2011, 11:46:52 AM

Olson was a bum in Detroit and for the Rams, he is a buster let him go.
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