Dungy: McCown Will Improve Those Around HimMarch 20th, 2014
A little known piece of Bucs history was revealed today on WDAE-AM 620; Bucs offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford could have (and maybe should have) been a Buccaneer in 1996.
Father Dungy said on the Ron and Ian show that he tried to hire Tedford for his inaugural staff in ’96, but he couldn’t convince him to reunite in Tampa with one of his prized college students, Trent Dilfer.
Dungy called Tedford “very creative, but he wanted to stay and [become] a college head coach.” And that’s what happened, when Tedford eventually grabbed the reigns of “Cal” in 2002.
Dungy clearly has immense respect for Tedford and said he expects all the Bucs quarterbacks to blossom, but he envisions Josh McCown stability and ability to raise the game of those around him will be difference-maker.
“I like Mike Glennon. I think there’s some things that Glennon did very well that I saw last year. Lovie Smith has had some experience with McCown. We saw what he did a limited role. Now, can he do that in a new offense in a situation where he’s got new players to learn?” Dungy wonder aloud. “But the thing about Josh is that I think he’s going to be stable. He’s going to be solid. He’s going to help his guys play better.
“I like his demeanor. I like the way he approaches the game. I think he’s going to bring a lot to the Bucs. And I’m looking forward to watching this offense and how they incorporate Doug Martin and Vincent Jackson and some of the talent that they have.”
Joe can’t emphasize enough that Tedford’s offense is one giant mystery. Aside from his lack of NFL experience, Tedford was diverse in college and was known for his guru-like creativity. McCown is referencing “Chip Kelly.” New center Evan Dietrich-Smith is talking “up tempo.” And there’s the double tight end Patriots connection.
And, of course, there’s the likely edition of a promising rookie quarterback.