Reading Into Jeff Tedford’s PastMarch 30th, 2014
The great mystery of the 2014 Bucs offseason is the offense. Yes, the Bucs have a new offensive coordinator, Jeff Tedford. But how or if he will replicate his college offense in the NFL is anyone’s guess.
Tedford, who has zero NFL experience prior to this season, was a college quarterbacks guru who, while head coach at Cal, had some decent running backs as well.
Now the only hints of the offense the Bucs have offered, and they’re not much, are that new center Evan Dietrich-Smith called the offense “up tempo,” and that most of their offensive linemen are more adept at pass blocking than run blocking.
NFL analyst Evan Silva also is trying to dig into Tedford’s past for clues to the Bucs offense. The Rotoworld.com columnist believes if Tedford’s offense is anything like he had at Cal, then Doug Martin and other running backs won’t be catching many passes.
@evansilva: Concern for Doug Martin: New #Bucs OC Tedford had Jahvid Best, J Forsett & S Vereen at Cal. None of them ever topped 27 catches in a season. … Best, Forsett, Vereen = outstanding receiving RBs. Their talents were not maximized in college. This will be Tedford’s first-ever NFL stint.
So now we are starting to put the pieces of the puzzle together. The Bucs have pass-blocking specialists up front and Tedford believes in throwing the ball downfield, as opposed to Chucky-like dink-and-dunks.
Now Lovie Smith told Joe on the record at the NFL Scouting Combine how much he likes the stable of Bucs running backs and that Martin will be a bellcow. Thinking back to that interview, Lovie didn’t say anything about Martin, Mike James or Bobby Rainey catching passes.