Performance Pressure Ramps UpFebruary 13th, 2014
Don’t think the new Bucs regime is under win-now pressure?
Consider the recent Twittering of former Jets linebackers coach and personnel executive Pat Kirwan, who co-hosts Movin’ The Chains on NFL Radio and does a bunch of work for CBS Sports. Kirwan noted that only three offensive coordinators in the 32-team NFL have been with their club for three straight seasons.
The ramped up pressure on coaches and regimes may or not be a good thing, but it’s extraordinarily real.
Surely, Bucs fans would revolt if Lovie Smith can’t produce a winner during his first two seasons. The honeymoon would be over and the stink of divorce discussion would be wafting across Tampa Bay.
And that brings Joe back to the quarterback position, the most important on the roster.
Will new Bucs offensive coordinator and quarterbacks guru Jeff Tedford evaluate the entire NFL and the 2014 draft class and decide Mike Glennon is the best man for the job?
Joe would be stunned if that happens. The odds can’t be good. Tedford is making his debut in the NFL at 52 years old. If he isn’t successful, he’ll be gone from Tampa before Lovie and won’t get another shot. Will Glennon be his chosen guy?
As Kirwan pointed out in a recent column, Tedford is one of 12 new offensive coordinators in the NFL in 2014, and it takes time to craft an offense and acclimate to a system. (The last Bucs regime was telling us it would take years to master Mike Sullivan’s offense.)
Nobody knows what Tedford is thinking and what skills and raw ability he covets in a quarterback. That unspoken answer will come during free agency and the NFL Draft.
Joe realizes Tedford is not the general manager. But there’s no way he was hired for a defense-first head coach — one who stays rather hands off with the offense — only to have his quarterback wishes denied. That just wouldn’t make sense.