Tedford Loss Felt By OffenseSeptember 3rd, 2014
The Bucs are trying their best to downplay the loss of Bucs offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford to an unknown medical condition.
Joe doesn’t expect them to come running out of One Buc Palace in a full-blown panic, screaming to traffic on Martin Luther King Blvd. “FOLLOW ME. FOLLOW ME TO FREEDOM!”
Of course the Bucs are going to put their best spin on Tedford’s absence. Lovie must be a fan of Jack Bauer and 24 the way he embraces secrecy and espionage.
Today, when Bucs quarterback Josh McCown met the local pen and mic club for his weekly press conference (yeah, it’s game week, baby!) to discuss the Stinking Panthers, McCown was asked directly how much Tedford’s medical leave has disrupted things. McCown, who is well-versed in talking a lot but not saying much, didn’t deny Tedford’s leave has thrown a curveball at the offense.
“It has been an adjustment,” McCown confessed. “Obviously, you have one guy who has been leading the offense the whole spring and summer and now you take him out of there. There will be some adjustments but coaches have done a outstanding job of pulling the weight and picking up where they need to and coming together and presenting us a plan. We certainly miss Jeff.”
Joe just cannot help but think of the failed Jeff Jagodzinski experiment.
First hired by the Bucs as offensive coordinator under the first year of the nightmarish Raheem Morris era, the Bucs figured out during preseason games that Jagodzinski was so woeful, they had to part ways. Right on the cusp of the season.
Boy, the ashes of that powder keg doomed the Bucs offense for much of the 2009 season. So forgive Joe if this Tedford medical issue is bothersome.
No, it’s not like the Bucs are changing offenses. There is, however, no way to spin Tedford’s absence into a positive light. Though the Bucs seem to think Tedford will return soon, this potentially could be both the story of the season and its undoing.