Jeff Tedford’s Offense: “Pro Style”May 19th, 2014
Later today, we likely will learn which undrafted rookie free agents and tryout players will stick around for OTAs beginning this week, and likely return for training camp in July. Sadly, the odds are against a lot of the tryouts.
The Bucs have 90 on their roster now, the training camp maximum. So maybe a few tryout guys return to replace undrafted free agents and become camp meat. Yeah, it sounds crude, but that’s about the extent of it.
One guy Joe has a hunch will stick is Brendan Bigelow, a running back from Cal, who joined the Bucs as an undrafted free agent. You see, he was recruited and played for Bucs offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford when he was at Cal.
During the rookie minicamp, Begelow told Joe that Tedford’s offense was like riding a bike after not climbing on said bike for a couple of years.
“He has some stuff, man,” Bigelow said. During drills, “It was like, it is starting to come back to me. Flashbacks from my time at Cal. I’m pretty excited. There is a lot of the stuff I’m trying to get familar with but as far as the offense, it is coming back. It is pretty cool.”
Of course, Joe asked Bigelow to let Joe take a sneak peak behind the curtain of Tedford’s offense, but he wasn’t biting, other than to say it is a “pro style” offense, which is what attracted him to Tedford when he was in high school.
“I have always been a fan of the pro style offense,” Bigelow said. “Me and Tedford had a connection already. The first time we talked we had a connection. I haven’t connected with a coach like that before. Instantly, I knew [Cal] was my place.”
So close are the two, that it was Tedford who called Bigelow after the draft to recruit him to the Bucs with a simple sentence.
“Come join me one more time.”