Jeff Tedford = ArtistJuly 25th, 2014
Of course nobody knows what the Jeff Tedford Buccaneers offense will look like. The man is an artist. Artists know no bounds. They’re not locked in a traditional box. Their creativity results in free expression that will tantalize, surprise and bewilder.
Joe sort of learned all this from Bucs general manager Jason Licht.
“He’s very innovative. He’s incredibly smart, and he’s got an artists type of mind,” Licht said of his offensive coordinator on WDAE-AM 620Wednesday. “And when I mean artist, I mean NFL as a creative playcaller. And I think what separates him, or what makes him a great coach, is he’s got a great system, but he’s able to adapt his system to fit his personnel. And if you can’t do that, then you’re going to fail. The great coaches are able to change their system to fit their personnel. He’s one of those guys.”
Joe sure hopes Tedford lives up to his billing. He pounded the ball on the ground in college. That stats bear that out, but he also got an awful lot out of his quarterbacks, developing several into first-round draft picks.
The NFL is a different canvas, however, one that is very punishing if one can’t adapt to maximize his available talent. Just ask Mike Sullivan and Greg Olson.