Jeff Tedford: The Anti-Schiano

January 15th, 2014

The Bucs offensive coordinator shared some of his philosophy

Former Bucs commander Greg Schiano believed in a bellcow running back system. Ride that cow into the ground!

That always fascinated Joe, considering his offensive coordinator came from the Giants, where they won Super Bowl rings featuring two and three running backs of different abilities.

New Bucs offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford took to the podium today at One Buc Palace and quickly showed he’s no Schiano.

Tedford coached Michael Pittman, Marshawn Lynch, Shane Vereen, Jahvid Best and other stud backs in college and believes you need to share the load in the NFL.  

“So we’ve really always had a real good 1-2 punch in the backfield, and I think that’s what you need,” Tedford said. “I think for one guy to carry the load the whole time, especially as physical as this level is. So I think to have two or three backs that are quality backs that can provide different things as far as third-down backs are concerned, catching the ball out of the backfield, pass protection, all the things to be able to create some matchups I think are really key.”

 Tedford went on to talk about the development of Vereen with the Patriots and “important” it is to find guys that are versatile and explosive.

Joe will have more later on how Tedford absolutely believes you can teach quarterback mechanics at the NFL level, something Schiano scoffed at openly.

25 Responses to “Jeff Tedford: The Anti-Schiano”

  1. Patrick in VA Says:

    All around improvements at every coaching level. Pretty happy with the direction we’re graded in

  2. Patrick in VA Says:

    Graded = headed

  3. You Go Joe Says:

    Take your pick. Martin, James, Rainey, Demps, Leonard…yeah all except for Demps give off a wow factor.

  4. lion Says:

    Schiano’s philosophy on utilizing only one back was horrible, he practically ran Martin into the ground and at that pace he would have been out of the league within a few years. I like the multi rb backfield a great deal better, one to promote the longevity of Martin and two Mike James proved to be a talented RB. How terrible is the coaching when a guy like Mike James didn’t see the field until Martin got injured. Bad coaching all around.

  5. Couch Fan Says:

    I got excited hearing Tedfords press conference. He’s much different than Sully. Thank god we wont just run up the middle every play.

  6. Couch Fan Says:

    Also think after hearing him that our O-Line will def need to be revamped.

  7. Chef Paul Says:

    When I watched that Press Conference, I came away thinking two things. This guy is smart from experience and seems very comfortable with his job duties. I’m excited about Tedford too Couch

  8. Orca Says:

    I don’t think I’ve been this excited about a Bucs offensive coordinator since… ever.

  9. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Very impressed with Tedford…..shows a great deal of confidence….” been calling plays all his life”…….is much more specific when answering qustions than Sully….
    Think he will be great for all our QBs…

  10. buchead407 Says:

    I agree. Im liking what I’m hearing. I think he will be more creative with play calling

  11. BirdDoggers Says:

    Schiano had Martin on a fast track to retirement with the amount of carries he was giving him. It’s ok to feed the ball to your best back, but a better passing game would’ve helped. Hopefully Tedford will create more balance.

  12. PRBucFan Says:

    This guy is amazing, I’m so stoked, and I really honestly believe he’s going to give us a prolific offense, like his offenses always have been.

    And it seems he wants to stay a OC, because he can focus specifically on his offense. So hopefully we don’t have to deal with him leaving after finding success.

    Our offense is going to be anything but boring.

    Lovie knows what he’s doing bringing Tedford in here.

    They met up and have planned this thing out and I’ve gotta believe their plan isn’t to stick together for solely just one year, it’s just not logical.

    This is exciting.

  13. PRBucFan Says:

    Tedford the Anti-Sully, which by the way got passed on by the Giants lol

  14. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    “Speed in space”……equals Demps

  15. tmaxcon Says:

    wow what a pro. both of the new coordinators are a breath of fresh air. I agree with all the takes that Schiano was running Martin to an early retirement. I like Rainey and James too.

    I throw Demps in the same catagory as Tebow. Great College athlete but NOT a football player. And UF fans don’t bother with the youtube links and the UF stats they are meaningless. Demps is a self proclaimed “Track Star” that dabbles in football. That works at a pathetic school like UF (Go Noles!) but does not translate well to the pro level.

    I ask this serious question to all; who was the last part time pro NFL player who succeeded? I don’t want to hear Deion or Bo they were football players first and baseball second it’s not the same situation.

    Track stars are to fragile in my humble opinion to survive a complete 16 game season. By fragile I am not questioning the mans toughness just stating that those guys are wound up so tight and train very specifically for track I think their muscles are pushed to the edge. I am not physical therapist or medical doctor but I bet there is something to my theory. I want football players not track stars and part timers. it’s the big time.

  16. Macabee Says:

    We need to find out where Demps sees himself, track man or footballer. If he still has his mind on track, we need to draft Dri Archer in the late rounds.

  17. madmacskillz Says:

    I think Demps is history with the Bucs. Lovie will only want guys who want to be there.

  18. tmaxcon Says:

    Macabee I think Demps has already made that choice he is a track star and I bet that injury he suffered for the bucs further cemented that.

  19. Trubucfan22 Says:

    I was excited for Redford when we first faired him and I’m still just as happy about it. He said all the right things. He does things the way the nfl is supposed to do things. He is a super smart offensive guy, could think of a better candidate to be our OC.

  20. Trubucfan22 Says:

    Oops. Should say, ” couldn’t think of a better candidate to be out OC.”

  21. Brandon Says:

    Demps is good in track but not truly great. It’s not going to be long before track is no longer an option.

    One thing for sure, sounds like Tedford likes differentiation from his backs. Leonard doesn’t add anything we don’t already have except far less burst. He’s as good as gone I would think.

  22. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    James could be moved to FB. He has the build for it.

    I suspect Lovie wants a return to the WD-40 running game. Can’t say I’d be sad about it.,,of course, we would need a new name for it, lol.

  23. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Brandon Says
    “Demps is good in track but not truly great. It’s not going to be long before track is no longer an option.”

    I think he got looked over for the US team last time. I think that is why he ended up coming to the Bucs during the season.

    Honestly, I do not expect much from him. We have our great RBs, and Eric Page could use competition at kick returns, but I doubt Demps will be good at it considering he isn’t use to catching footballs.

  24. JonBuc Says:

    I don’t see Schiano favorite Jim ” the galloping ghost ” Leonard back with the Bucs next year. Too many younger,cheaper and quicker options already on the roster. Demps is intriging but probably more Danny Peebles than Warrick Dunn I’m afraid.

  25. SombreroBro Says:

    I must say, I agree with your assessment of Tedford and share your enthusiasm a 100%.
    Go Bucs!