Jeff Tedford: The Anti-SchianoJanuary 15th, 2014
Former Bucs commander Greg Schiano believed in a bellcow running back system. Ride that cow into the ground!
That always fascinated Joe, considering his offensive coordinator came from the Giants, where they won Super Bowl rings featuring two and three running backs of different abilities.
New Bucs offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford took to the podium today at One Buc Palace and quickly showed he’s no Schiano.
Tedford coached Michael Pittman, Marshawn Lynch, Shane Vereen, Jahvid Best and other stud backs in college and believes you need to share the load in the NFL.
“So we’ve really always had a real good 1-2 punch in the backfield, and I think that’s what you need,” Tedford said. “I think for one guy to carry the load the whole time, especially as physical as this level is. So I think to have two or three backs that are quality backs that can provide different things as far as third-down backs are concerned, catching the ball out of the backfield, pass protection, all the things to be able to create some matchups I think are really key.”
Tedford went on to talk about the development of Vereen with the Patriots and “important” it is to find guys that are versatile and explosive.
Joe will have more later on how Tedford absolutely believes you can teach quarterback mechanics at the NFL level, something Schiano scoffed at openly.