On The Job TrainingFebruary 25th, 2014
There are all sorts of mysteries surrounding the Bucs right now. One of the biggest is the offense. Forget incumbent Mike Glennon and the quarterback position for the moment, what kind of system will offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford run? He has no NFL experience and in his past, he’s run everything from standard drop-back to a form of a spread.
Jeremy Fowler of CBS Sports found Tedford at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis and discussed his last few days at Cal, his year off from the NFL and how he is preparing to be an NFL offensive coordinator.
In short, Tedford admits it will be on-the-job training for him.
Not that Tedford is exempt from a pro learning curve. Once Tedford and Smith agreed to pair, Tedford spent the next month learning the nuances of NFL clock rules and management.
One thing stuck out after watching dozens of NFL games in the fall: So many come down to the last minute.
“I’m not going to come in and act like I know everything about the NFL because I don’t,” Tedford said. “I can feed off [Bucs coaches] with what their experiences have been. I’m really fortunate to be with a guy like [Smith], with very high values and strong philosophies about things.”
If nothing else, this shows Lovie is willing to make bold moves to have a decent offense. This isn’t unlike when Lovie hired Mike Martz to run his offense in Chicago. If Tedford is able to work his college quarterback magic in the NFL, then the Bucs could very well compete for a playoff berth.
However, if Tedford is learning on the job as he suggests, how much will he be able to turn around the NFL’s worst offense from 2013?