Jeff Tedford Offense? Scoring PointsApril 4th, 2014
Bucs coach Lovie Smith recently said he is going to keep a shroud over offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford’s offense until the regular season begins. Joe understands that, but when fans are just about mocked out in early April with the draft still five (too) long weeks away, the grumbling for more information is becoming a drumbeat.
So Bucs fans are left to try to wonder what exactly Tedford’s offense will look like. We can only go on the man’s past, and tiny crumbs of information that have been made public.
* Lovie told Joe at the NFL Scouting Combine that Doug Martin would be his “bellcow” running back, but he did like the stable of running backs on the roster to complement Martin.
* New Bucs center Evan Dietrich-Smith told SiriusXM NFL Radio that the offense will be “up tempo.” He would not elaborate further.
* Three starting Bucs offensive linemen, Anthony Collins at left tackle, Demar Dotson at right tackle and Dietrich-Smith are known more for their pass blocking than their run blocking.
Now Joe has just a smidgen more of information on the offense, but it is scant. In an outing for select season ticket holders last night, Joe got a chance to chat briefly with new Bucs wide receiver Louis Murphy. Joe will have more from the interview over the weekend.
The St. Petersburg native was truly happy and excited to be playing for his hometown team. When Joe tried to press Murphy for more details of the offense, Murphy wouldn’t take the bait, admitting he didn’t want to give out any state secrets.
However, Murphy did nothing to dissuade Joe from thinking it will be an offense with plenty of passing with the following comment.
“I expect a lot of points to be put on the board,” Murphy said.
Now, generally, a ground-and-pound offense is rarely known for frying circuits on a scoreboard. So if Joe was to play football sleuth with the available clues, Bucs fans will not wont for pass attempts.