Lovie On Jeff TedfordJanuary 6th, 2014
After Lovie Smith, the 10th Bucs coach in franchise history, had his introductory press conference, Lovie made his way to the press room for a more laid back and casual give-and-take with the Tampa Bay pen and mic club.
Joe was able to get two questions in to Lovie about his offensive coordinator, former Cal coach Jeff Tedford, who has zero NFL experience. Many of his pupils read like a sordid list of quarterbacks in some horror flick meant to torment NFL fans to a painful, tortured existence.
Though Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers learned quarterbacking at the feet of Tedford, so too did the likes of Joey Harrington, Trent Dilfer and the notorious Kyle Boller.
JoeBucsFan: Was Jeff Tedford not having any NFL experience a concern at all?
Lovie Smith: No. No, what is looked at more is that his background at developing quarterbacks. And really, to me, you look at college and there are pro-style offenses that you have. Jeff had that so I was very comfortable with him. His knowledge as a football coach more than [Tedford’s lack] of knowledge in the NFL [was impressive].
Joe: Tedford has had a lot of quarterbacks who were picked high in the draft. Their careers in the NFL have been mixed. What do you make of that?
Lovie: I don’t make anything of it. I look at one, Aaron Rodgers, alright? He’s had a pretty good track record. Trent Dilfer – [Tedford] had, what, six first round guys? As a team, that’s what we want. As a coach, we want athletes coming in for us to be able to work with. That is what Jeff has done.
Joe sure hopes Lovie is right. Because if the Bucs offense struggles, or whoever is at quarterback struggles, the Bucs are going nowhere. While Lovie stated a good defense can win you 10 games, we all know what 10 wins can get you (remember 2010?).
And Joe will keep banging the drum on this little fact: In a division with Drew Brees, Cam Newton and Matty Ice, if you cannot find a quarterback who’s an equal or better, winning a division title to secure a playoff berth is a monumental if not futile task.