Jeff Tedford’s Never-Seen-Before PlaysJune 11th, 2014
A 2002 third-round draft pick now on his sixth NFL team, Bucs starting QB Josh McCown has seen an awful lot of football in his day. But he’s never experienced some of the stuff offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford installed in Tampa Bay’s mysterious playbook.
McCown spoke to media after minicamp practice yesterday and reiterated how much he loves the “fresh perspective” of Tedford and how that’s translating to the field.
“His open-mindedness to kind of push the envelope and do different things, that’s the best part of it. Jeff, he’s got great ideas. That’s the cool thing. He’s always coming up and we’re talking about things and showing me this play, ‘What do you think about this? What do you think about that?’ And so I appreciate that from his respect, just doing it together, looking at my perspective,” McCown said.
“There’s been, you know, a lot of big plays we’ve made this spring that point straight back to things that he brought there, that’s new, that I’ve not yet done in the NFL. That’s exciting to think what can unfold throughout a season.”
Joe’s watched plenty of spring practices and also has seen many interesting looks in the passing game, especially out of the backfield and with tight ends. But surely Joe isn’t catching the nuances and creativity McCown is referencing. And it is impressive that a guy of McCown’s experience is wowed by fresh looks.
Now Joe has to shake his head at McCown referencing “big plays” during underwear football practices with no pass rush, no press coverage and overall flag football rules. There are no big plays in spring ball, only good execution.
There will be plenty of time for “big plays” when Lovie Smith goes live with skull knocking in training camp, plus when the preseason whistle blows in Jacksonville in eight weeks.