Another Peek Into Jeff Tedford’s OffenseMay 14th, 2014
Ever since Jeff Tedford was named Bucs offensive coordinator, people have been trying to figure out what his offense will look like.
Joe has written many posts claiming if you base your projection on the traits of Tampa Bay’s offensive lineman, then it appears the Bucs will pass.
This seemed to be reinforced over the weekend. Many Bucs fans were puzzled — still are puzzled — why Bucs general manager Jason Licht selected a running back in the third round with Doug Martin on board and a stable full of productive running backs. Bucs coach Lovie Smith said the following morning that the Bucs were looking specifically for a running back who could catch. Enter Charles Sims.
The following day, Licht seemed to crack open the door a little bit more for people to squint at Tedford’s offense.
“He’s no different than most – he wants fast guys, he wants athletic guys, he wants guys that can catch the ball,” Licht said. “He wants to be versatile, he wants to keep teams off-balance. Guys it kind of starts at the root – they got to run and they’ve got to be able to catch. They’ve got to be able to be versatile in this offense. We felt like we are on the road to accomplishing that.”
See where this is going? An offensive line known more for pass blocking than run blocking. Targeting a running back who can catch the ball. A wide receiver, a tight end (known more for receptions than blocks) and a pass-catching running back with the first three picks of the draft.
A starting quarterback signed as a free agent right away. An offensive coordinator who wants versatile pass catchers.
Looks like if you are a running back with the Bucs and cannot catch the ball well, then you will be watching the game from the sidelines more than you will be playing.