Greg Olson (American football)

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This article is about the offensive coordinator. For the similarly named Carolina Panthers tight end, see Greg Olsen (American football).
Greg Olson
Current position
Title Offensive Coordinator
Team Oakland Raiders
Personal information
Date of birth (1963-03-01) March 1, 1963 (age 51)
Place of birth Richland, Washington
Career information
College Central Washington University
Team(s) as a coach/administrator











Washington State
(Graduate Assistant)
Central Washington
(Offensive Coordinator)
San Francisco 49ers
(Tight Ends/Recruiting Coordinator)
Chicago Bears
Detroit Lions
(Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks)
St. Louis Rams
(Offensive Coordinator)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
(Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks)
Jacksonville Jaguars
(Asst. Head Coach/Quarterbacks)
Oakland Raiders
(Offensive Coordinator)

Greg Alan Olson (born March 1, 1963) is an American football coach. He is currently the offensive coordinator for the Oakland Raiders. He was the offensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League from 2009 to 2011. He served the 2012 Season as Quarterbacks coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Coaching career[edit]

Olson was offensive coordinator and quarterback coach at Central Washington University from 1990-1993. While at Central, Olson also coached the university's wrestling team. Prior to joining the CWU coaching staff, he was a graduate assistant at Washington State University for three seasons. He coached the defensive backs at WSU for one season and was the linebacker coach for two years. He also coached running backs at Spokane Falls Community College in 1986. After leaving CWU, Olson coached quarterbacks at Purdue University.

Olson previously served as the quarterbacks coach of the Detroit Lions, where he worked with Joey Harrington. He served as Lions offensive coordinator following the firing of Steve Mariucci and the demotion of Ted Tollner during the 2005 season.

He was the offensive coordinator of the St. Louis Rams. During his first season in St. Louis, he did not call the offensive plays for the team until near the end of the year. He developed game plans with head coach Scott Linehan, and worked to develop the offense in general. Linehan decided to hand over play-calling duties to Olson so that he could manage games better, without having to focus on one side of the ball. Olson was fired after the 2007 season.[1]

In January 2008, Olson was hired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to be their quarterbacks coach following the dismissal of Paul Hackett. On September 3, 2009, the day before the team's final preseason game, the Buccaneers announced that Olson would replace Jeff Jagodzinski as Offensive Coordinator.[2] He was fired on January 2, 2012, after his team posted a 4–12 record.[3]

In January 2012, Olson was hired to be the quarterbacks coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

In January 2013, Olson was hired to be the offensive coordinator of the Oakland Raiders, taking over for the recently fired Greg Knapp.

Personal life[edit]

Olson is a 1981 graduate of Richland High School.[citation needed] At Richland, he lettered in football, baseball and wrestling. In football, he earned all-conference honors at quarterback and linebacker.[citation needed]

He played two seasons at Spokane Falls, earning all-conference quarterback honors in 1982, prior to transferring to Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington. He earned a BA degree from CWU in 1986 and a MS in physical education from Washington State in 1990[citation needed]


  1. ^ Rams fire offensive coordinator Olson[dead link]
  2. ^ "Bucs fire offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski - Bright House Sports Network". 2009-09-03. Retrieved 2010-06-20. [dead link]
  3. ^ Biggs, Brad (January 2, 2012). "Bucs axe Raheem Morris". Retrieved 2012-01-02. 
Preceded by
Ted Tollner
Detroit Lions Offensive Coordinators
Succeeded by
Mike Martz
Preceded by
Steve Fairchild
St. Louis Rams Offensive Coordinators
Succeeded by
Al Saunders
Preceded by
Jeff Jagodzinski
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Offensive Coordinators
Succeeded by
Mike Sullivan
Preceded by
Greg Knapp
Oakland Raiders Offensive Coordinators
Succeeded by