Football Is FootballJune 4th, 2014
Of course, when something is shrouded in mystery, its reputation tends to get blown out of proportion. Take Jeff Tedford’s offense.
The offense is akin to Enigma, like some secret code that will save Bucs football. Since Tedford had been hired, he has been kept in a virtual closet, only out to speak with reporters yesterday, the first time in months.
Players have painfully tight-lipped about the offense, only giving generalities with their body language sensing the NKVD lurking just behind their shoulders. In some ways, when it comes to Tedford’s offense, it’s as if One Buc Palace has become Area 51.
Tedford stated yesterday his offense really isn’t trying to reinvent the football wheel.
“Football is football,” Tedford said. “There are no revelations about anything particularly different. There are different things about football all over that people have been exposed to from time to time. Terminology is, no question, one thing people need to get used to. And I think [his players] have done a very good job of that so far.”
When asked why all the secrecy surrounding his offense, Tedford smiled, adding, “I don’t know. We are just out here working. It is evolving. We are putting in new things all the time constantly in different situations whether it be third down or red zone, two-minute. So I think [the players] are in the process of figuring the whole thing out, too. And they’ve done a very good job of it so far and how fast they have picked up on things. The learning process continues each day we are out here.”
As Joe has stated, there is little to judge from underwear football aside from passing and maybe pass defense. How will this offense work if the offensive line struggles? What will Josh McCown do if he is pressured, unlike now where he cannot be hit? What happens when linebackers are finally allowed to hit running backs?
Those answers should come later this summer in training camp and preseason games. Until that time, Tedford’s offense will be a mystery, in part, because he has never coached in an NFL game.