Tampa Bay offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Greg Olson said Wednesday that anyone looking for someone to blame for the offense's struggles this year should point at him. Olson talked about Tampa Bays 28th-ranked offense today.
Buccaneers offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Greg Olson has been under fire over the inconsistency of Tampa Bay's 28th-ranked offense this year. On Wednesday, Olson was accountable for the offensive struggles on the heels of the Bucs' 124-yard performance against the New York Jets in the team's 26-3 defeat.
"Everything should fall back on me," Olson said. "Certainly I need to coach it better. The preparation needs to be better during the week - all of that. That's part of coaching. Certainly trying to find all of the right buttons to push to get through this thing and to find a win this Sunday and to find a win the next Sunday. That's part of coaching. That's where it's got to fall. I've always felt that way. Do I worry about it? Do I lie awake at night? No, I put my head down then I go to work at it. I do believe he's a very talented player and I do believe we'll get this thing turned around in time. I know it's not what anybody wanted or what anybody expected this season. It's certainly not what I expected, or what [the media] or the fans expected, but we are committed to turning it around."
Olson took over play-calling duties prior to the preseason finale against Houston when Jeff Jagodzinski was fired and admitted that he never expected the job to be as difficult as it has turned out to be this season with a struggling running game and going through three different starting quarterbacks.
"It's been disappointing," Olson said. "I told the team on Saturday night that standing here 13 weeks ago I don't think anybody expected to be where we are at right now - including myself. When a change was made I knew it was going to be a battle. I knew it was going to be a difficult battle. I expected more from this. I expected more from myself, more from the team and more from the staff. I expected it to be better. I work at it every day. That's all I can do. Try to work and get better. We'll evaluate it when it's all said and done. We'll evaluate it and obviously hatch a plan going forward to next season because there has got to be changes made. You don't just sit here and continue to do the same thing with the same results and expect that there will be drastic changes."
Despite the lack of success this season, Olson, who was signed to a contract extension in September, is committed to fixing the problems that exist on the offensive side of the ball. He said that he has not lost his confidence as a play-caller.
"I haven't and I don't," Olson said. "I'm here to coach football and I've coached football a long time. I believe that I have a pretty good feel that I know where some of the problems are at. I have not obviously solved them this season. They haven't been solved. Hopefully we'll get them solved this Sunday and get a win. But I'm okay."
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