Tedford’s Up-Tempo May Not Be RevolutionaryAugust 25th, 2014
There was always a perplexing nag in the back of Joe’s mind with all the jumping up and down at One Buc Palace about running an up-tempo offense, excitement as if Joe coerced Rachel Watson to join him on a private sunset cruise in the Gulf of Mexico. Was this mysterious Jeff Tedford offense going to be revolutionary?
Apologies, but Joe never asked. But Ronde Barber did.
And it seems the slight doubt Joe had was realized Saturday night. After the Bucs slapped around the Bungling Bills, Barber, the former Bucs great, had a sitdown with Bucs offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford, seen on WFLA-TV Channel 8. In the interview, Barber asked Tedford what is so different about his up-tempo offense?
Tedford, in so many words, admitted, not too much.
Ronde Barber: In your mind, what is the benefit of tempo? How does it affect your guys and the defense?
Jeff Tedford: I think it gets us in a rhythm, I really do. I think sometimes it can shorten a defense’s playbook a little. So many people do it nowadays that you are not really catching anybody off-guard with anything. I think it helps us get into a flow and play fast. I felt like [playing Miami] when we tried some of it, I felt like our guys felt good with what they are doing.
This is true. New England runs a fast-paced offense. Obviously, so too does Philadelphia, to name a couple. While Tedford and the Bucs are not trying anything revolutionary, notice nine of the top 15 teams that ran the most offensive plays per game last year were teams with winning records. A 10th team, Baltimore, had an 8-8 mark.
So, if that is any barometer, if the Bucs can finish in the top half of the NFL in offensive plays per game, then it’s a decent shot they have a winning record, especially with Lovie’s expected stout defense. That seems to be more the goal than to try to be revolutionary or a trend setter.