Jeff Tedford’s Offense To Be “Fresh”March 13th, 2014
Some cloaks of secrecy for the 2014 Bucs are being unveiled. In short, the Bucs roster is getting a complete and total makeover.
The offense, however, is shrouded in mystery. Bucs offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford has never coached a snap in the NFL, never had a whistle in his mouth for one NFL practice; his only professional experience came in the CFL and that was over 20 years ago.
Today, Bucs starting quarterback Josh McCown sort of lifted the veil a little bit to allow Bucs fans a sliver of what to expect from Tedford this fall. If you are thinking Chip Kelly in the NFL, that’s not a terrible guess.
McCown admitted to the Bucs pen and mic club that he was suspicious of Tedford, indirectly, when he met with Bucs coaches yesterday. But McCown said he was won over by a combination of things: the pitch Tedford sold, his answers to the many questions McCown had, and Kelly’s success in his first stab in the NFL last season with the Eagles.
“I am going to be honest with you: Looking at [college coaches in the NFL], and some of the college stuff [used in college], I don’t know how this translates?” McCown said. “Then I went up to Philly on a Sunday night and watch them hang 42 on us. So I was really intrigued by what Chip did. I love the game. So I would watch Philly all the time, going, ‘Do you believe what they are doing?’ The college game is a little bit different. What Philly did made me a believer that guys can come to this league and have success doing that.
“So as I learn Coach Tedford’s offense, I come with an open mind. I think there is value for both of us. He has had so much success at the college level. He has shown his capacity to understand plays, call plays come up with things, develop quarterbacks. If we can come together — and Marcus [Arroyo], too, our quarterbacks coach who in two days has thoroughly impressed me. So, I think it will be a group effort. I think we will come together. And I think that’s when it is it’s best, man. When you are working together and pulling in the same direction, it is special. We will draw on my experiences; I will draw on their fresh takes of the game and what they experienced in college and hopefully we will put together something great.”
But the mystery and intrigue continues. Nobody knows if this will be a run-heavy offense, a wing-it offense, a spread, really nothing. All we can go by is the past, and in the past, Tedford liked to run the ball, too. So does Kelly.
Maybe with as many talented running backs the Bucs have, could it be that Tedford and Lovie Smith will want to play ground-and-pound ball?