Jagodzinski Lands On His Feet In Tampa Bay

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Three weeks after being dismissed by Boston
College for pursuing an NFL head coaching job, Jeff Jagodzinski was
hired Thursday by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to be their offensive
coordinator.

Jagodzinski, who led Boston College to the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game in each of his two seasons, was fired Jan. 7 after being told he would be let go if he interviewed for the New York Jets' coaching vacancy.

He went on the interview despite the ultimatum and was fired the
next day. The Jets job eventually went to Rex Ryan.

Jagodzinski also was a candidate to be the San Francisco 49ers'
offensive coordinator before accepting the job with the Bucs, who
fired coach Jon Gruden and general manager Bruce Allen two weeks
ago.

Raheem Morris, who at 32 is the youngest head coach in the NFL,
succeeded Gruden and hired Bill Bates as his defensive coordinator
last week. The Bucs also announced the hiring Thursday of Pete
Mangurian as offensive line coach.

Jagodzinski led Boston College to a pair of bowl appearances and
lost twice to Virginia Tech in the ACC title game during his brief
stay with the Eagles. He was an NFL assistant for eight years with
the Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons before moving to BC,
where he tutored this year's NFL rookie of the year Matt Ryan.

Technically, he replaces Bill Muir as Tampa Bay's offensive
coordinator. In actuality, Gruden - fired after the Bucs finished
with four consecutive losses to miss the playoffs following a 9-3
start - ran the offense.

Jagodzinski was a tight ends coach for the Packers from
1999-2003, then spent the next two seasons with the Falcons,
serving as tight ends coach in 2004 and offensive line coach in
2005. He returned to the Packers as offensive coordinator in 2006.

Despite the 45-year-old's success at Boston College, athletic
director Gene DeFilippo didn't hesitate to fire Jagodzinski after
telling the coach he would do so if he met with the Jets, who were
searching for a replacement to Eric Mangini.

Jagodzinski had three years left on the five-year contract he
signed for his first head coaching job.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-01-29-09 1552EST


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