Tedford Is High On Johnny FootballJanuary 17th, 2014
Of course a seasoned offensive mind and renowned quarterbacks guru like Bucs offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford likes what he sees from America’s No. 1 college quarterback, Johnny Manziel.
Johnny Football has the goods. Just ask Nick Saban.
After talking about how important it is for a pro quarterback to have characteristics of “it factor” and “competitive urge” and “the will to prepare” and “mental and physical toughness,” Tedford raved about the Texas A&M phenom during an appearance on WHFS-FM 98.7 today.
“I had a lot of opportunity to watch a lot of football both college and NFL and, you know, paid particular attention to not just schemes and systems, as far as football, but to look at the quarterbacks like Tahj Boyd and Derek Carr at Fresno State, and David Fales at San Jose, and Manziel and some of the others.”
“You know, they all play in different systems. So, you know, the evaluation process with them, you like a Johnny Manziel, brings a lot to the table. He’s a great athlete.”
Tedford went on to say he’ll be studying how the 2014 QB class members might translate from their spread offenses to the NFL. “There are some very talented guys out there. I’m looking forward to evaluating them all, you know, on a deeper level.”
Joe wonders how much Lovie Smith and the Bucs scouting department will lean on Tedford to pick their next quarterback. Joe suspects it will be Tedford ranking the draft and free-agent class.