Greg Olson doesn't believe lockout will harm young Bucs
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had the youngest team in the league last season when they surprised with a 10-6 turnaround that made Raheem Morris a strong candidate for coach of the year honors.
Now, one question is how the team’s youth and inexperience will handle the lockout as it approaches what would be the start of the voluntary offseason workout program. Offensive coordinator Greg Olson believes the Bucs will be fine.
“We knew this might happen," Olson told Ira Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune. “We've made all the measures we had to do, staying within the rules. We should be fine. Every team is the same in this situation, working under the same rules.”
Quarterback Josh Freeman has said he plans to organize workouts, especially for the offensive players. Olson declined to comment on those to Kaufman – and wisely so – but he believes in his young players who all have room to grow.
“I think our players' minds are in the right place, and when we get this thing resolved, they'll be ready to go,'' Olson said. “We're excited about the draft next month, and there's a real comfort level with having Josh as our quarterback, knowing how much he improved last year. We're lucky to have him.”
Even though the Bucs are young, they’re in a much better place than some other teams that are planning major roster overhauls in the offseason. The longer a work stoppage carries on, the more teams that have changed head coaches, coordinators or quarterbacks will struggle. The Bucs have their nucleus in place.
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