The Other 80 PercentAugust 24th, 2014
Joe has poked fun at how the Bucs have done their best to keep offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford’s offense under wraps, as if it is a design for a revolutionary new stealth fighter. Tampa Bay all but promised fans will only see 20 percent of Tedford’s offense in the preseason.
In a sitdown with former Bucs great Ronde Barber broadcast on WFLA-TV Channel 8, just after the smackdown of the bungling Bills yesterday, Tedford confessed that, yeah, 80 percent of his offense hasn’t been showcased, and yes, he’s sort of uncomfortable with that.
Ronde Barber: [Mike] Evans said we have only seen 20 percent of this offense. My question is, if we have only seen 20, are you practicing the other 80?
Jeff Tedford: Yes, and that has been the challenge. That is something I’m going to have to get used to. In preseason, you practice your stuff during the week and when you get into a game, you only have one day to prepare for a game. It is a little awkward for me. People have explained that preseason is just about seeing if your guys can play and execution and things like that. We can’t have it all. When you go into a game, we have to limit it so we have to make sure we know what we are doing. So, yeah, there are more facets of the offense that we haven’t gotten into, but we have practiced.
There are interesting nuggets in there. Tedford, aside from a stint in the CFL, has laregly been a college coach. There are no preseason games in college; every game mattered, so coaches crafted gameplans using every play at their disposal in a playbook. That’s not happening now with the Bucs, which is what Tedford mentioned he is getting used to.
So we have been teased here or there with interesting plays — Joe actually saw a screen pass yesterday if you can imagine — so that has sort of whetted the appetite of Bucs fans. Count Joe in as one who is intrigued for the full offense to be displayed in September.
Of course, without blocking, it doesn’t matter how pretty a play looks on a whiteboard or seems in a walk-through.