Up-tempo? Think Two-Minute DrillJune 3rd, 2014
Finally, more light was shed on the mysterious Jeff Tedford offense after the final OTA open to the local pen and mic club this afternoon at One Buc Palace.
Bucs offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford held court for the first time since his hiring, and lifted the shroud off the offense, at least, a little bit.
Bucs players, specifically center Evan Dietrich-Smith, have described Tedford’s offense as “up-tempo,” but offered scant details.
Tedford was specifically asked what is “up-tempo” in his offense. Tedford didn’t give any secrets away, but said up-tempo really isn’t a whole lot different than a two-minute offense.
“There are different phases of it from time to time,” Tedford said. “Everybody runs the two-minute scheme and everybody has to have a two-minute [drill] in their offense, and of course we do. We’ve been able to utilize that a little bit. We’re in different tempos. We huddle quite a bit as well, and so there’s really nothing much different than what you would normally see from time to time of somebody just going into a two-minute offense.”
Now we are getting a little bit clearer picture on what this will look like. It almost smells like a hurry-up offense with a huddle. Get the play, call the play, hustle to the line of scrimmage and go!
In short, what Tedford and the Bucs seem to want to do on offense is to wear out defenses not just by playing ground-and-pound football.