Jeff Tedford’s Versatile OffenseJuly 27th, 2014
When Bucs middle linebacker Mason Foster heard Tampa Bay brought in former Cal head coach Jeff Tedford in as offensive coordinator, he figured it would be fun for coaches and bad news for guys like him.
Thus far in training camp, Tedford’s offense is everything Foster thought it would be and maybe more.
You see, Foster played in the (then) PAC-10 for Washington. He had to grind big time during weeks leading up to a game against the Golden Bears because Tedford was such a wizard.
“Coach Tedford is a great offensive mind,” Foster said. “I played against him all through college and it just different things he throws at you. You have to prepare for everything. You have to be on top of it. All of your checks. Good to go against this type of offense now, in this heat with the no-huddle and the up-tempo, it will make us that much better when we face those teams during the year.”
Facing that offense with the Bucs in training camp “is tough,” Foster said. “The offense has so many weapons, it is tough. They are going to make plays and you just have to bounce back and have a short memory. Make your [plays] when you get a chance to.”
What makes Tedford’s offense so difficult to play against? Foster said it’s the variety.
“[The offense] is exactly what I expected,” Foster said. “His offense in college was so versatile the way he would go from two backs to empty [back sets] to screens to reverse — everything. You really have to be on top of your stuff on defense because you rarely see the same thing twice.”