“Who Knows What He’s Learned?”February 18th, 2014
Earlier today, Joe referenced Jeff Garcia confidently stating that Jeff Tedford’s system is significantly better than anything Mike Glennon experienced under the New Schiano Order.
That raised an eyebrow for Joe because the Bucs’ offensive coordinator’s NFL offense is a complete mystery, and he was a coach who often adapted in college.
At Super Bowl Media Day, Joe talked at length about Tedford to one of his students/players at “Cal,” Broncos running back C.J. Anderson. The eloquent Denver rookie was hardly a popular guy at Media Day, so Joe had plenty of time to dive into all things Tedford.
Joe won’t bore his readers with all the technical offensive chatter Anderson shared, primarily because Anderson was adamant that Tedford is such an intelligent, hungry “guru,” the look of Tedford’s NFL offense likely will be unique.
“Coach Tedford had a full year off. Man, he’s been studying and preparing. Who knows what he’s learned over his time off?” Anderson said. “Who knows what he’s learned and will apply? I’m anxious to see it.”
Anderson is one of many former “Cal” players in touch with Tedford regularly. “He’s certainly a father figure for so many of us,” Anderson said.
Joe previously advised readers that Tedford spent private time with Bill Belicheat and Josh McDaniels prior to the 2012 season and came back to “Cal” with changes to his approach to the tight end position.
Joe’s not a big fan of unnamed sources, but a well known former NFL player, requesting anonymity, told Joe at Super Bowl Media Day that Tedford’s success with so many quarterbacks in college — at multiple schools — is the best proof Tedford knows how to not only develop a quarterback, but adjust, adapt and craft an offense to his talent (or lack thereof). The source went on to say that could be great or bad for Mike Glennon — bad because Tedford likely would prefer a quarterback with more diverse skills he can maximize.
Regardless, Joe just wants to reinforce the point that Tedford’s offense is a mystery, as opposed to Mike Sullivan, who came to Tampa Bay with a well defined approach.
That offensive unknown is a big part of what makes this offseason so intriguing. There are no known rules to how the Bucs will approach improving the NFL’s worst-ranked offense.