Jeff Tedford’s Visit To Study The Patriots OffenseJanuary 30th, 2014
Joe talked to various NFL types at Super Bowl festivities about new Bucs offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford, the former University of California head coach. So many describe him as an intense guru type, tirelessly trying to improve his offense and be on the cutting edge, and people genuinely seem to love Tedford.
(His “Cal” players at the Super Bowl refer to him as “Teddy,” and Joe will have more on that this weekend.)
One thing Joe learned about Tedford is that he spent a week or so hanging out with Bill Belicheat and Josh McDaniels two years ago to learn all things Patriots.
Tedford walked away dialed into how the Patriots were using two dangerous (not as in murderer) tight ends with such effectiveness, so he told the Contra Costa Times.
“To be able to be in different personnel groups, especially with tight ends on the field, and still have ability to run your offense and run a spread game and be able anchor the edges down and still be able to run the ball,” Tedford said, “really, that’s what you’re looking for.”
New Bucs quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo, 34, a former college quarterback and QB coach for Tedford at Cal, accompanied Tedford on that trip and shared with Joe some of what they learned.
But that kind of educational exploration is nothing new or exceptional for Tedford and Arroyo. For years, they’ve been spanning the country to get an edge, though not every coach is that dedicated during his off time. Last year, Arroyo said the Falcons were the destination.
“Studying spring ball, that’s what you do in this profession, hopefully, if you want to be the best,” Arroyo said. “I’ve taken the opportunity to do that the past seven, eight years … That’s been my vacations. That’s been my breaks. Finding ways and seeing guys do it, see guys who have success and find ways to do it better myself. And I think you get ‘aha’ moments when you see a couple things: I can do it better this way, or this reiterates the way I do things and makes it feel right.
“It makes you think about doing things differently, or makes you feel better about the way you’re doing things. Whatever it may be, it just gives you introspection. Hopefully, you go home and see what you’re doing versus what you’re doing and make sense of it all.”
Joe came away very impressed with Arroyo versus Bucs QB coaches under the New Schiano Order. This guy is very intense and driven. Later, Joe will share some Mike Glennon specifics he was able to pry out of Arroyo.