New Offense For Tedford’s Old FriendApril 28th, 2014
Joe’s familiar with other Bucs analysts who claim they’ve scoured tape of “Cal” during the long reign there of Bucs offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford and have a great handle on Tedford’s concepts and ways.
That’s a nice thought, except Tedford is an innovator who was often tweaking his offense. So Joe’s long said Tedford’s NFL offense will be fresh.
How much did Tedford evolve while at Cal? Or devolve, if you ask many Cal fans?
Consider that Bucs wide receiver Lavelle Hawkins, who was a force at Cal during its best years with Marshawn Lynch and Desean Jackson, told Joe last week that the new Bucs offense rang very few bells with him.
“He’s changed. For the most part, it’s all new to me,” Hawkins said of Tedford and the Bucs offense. “There are a few things that are kind of similar, but not much. It’s definitely a learning curve for me as well.
“One thing that hasn’t changed is we’re definitely going to be in shape. Looking at the practice scripts, that hasn’t changed a bit.”
Hawkins, 27, is entering his seventh season and said he’s kept in touch with Tedford since college, most often at Christmas time.
Hawkins believes he can still stretch a defense but said his one big NFL season with the Titans, 47 catches in 2011, saw him working primarily in the slot, where he’s extremely comfortable.