Report: Jeff Tedford Pact Finished

January 2nd, 2014
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“Mort” says Jeff Tedford deal is done

It seems the rumors of new Bucs coach Lovie Smith wanting former college quarterback guru Jeff Tedford as his offensive coordinator are true. Joe will have more about Tedford, who Chris Mortensen of BSPN says is a done deal with the Bucs — signed sealed and delivered — tomorrow on this here site.

@mortreport: As expected, Bucs reach deal w Jeff Tedford as OC. Source: Chiefs director of personnel Chris Ballard is leading candidate as next Bucs GM

Tedford, the former Cal coach has a long history of developing quarterbacks. Good college quarterbacks who all but flamed out in the NFL, in some cases, terribly so. Joe will have the sordid list of names tomorrow in a feature about Tedford.

Now Ballard is interesting and actually his resume reads sort of like a bio of former Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik. Ballard, a former coach at Texas A&M-Kingsville, has been a long-time personel guy with the Bears and is friends with Lovie.

Ballard has only been a player personnel director for the Chiefs for less than one year and spent one year as director of pro scouting with the Bears. That would be a pretty rapid advance through the ranks of NFL front offices if he is indeed the Bucs’ next general manager.

47 Responses to “Report: Jeff Tedford Pact Finished”

  1. Patrick in VA Says:

    Everyone keeps pointing out how the qbs he coached we busts. If love for him to come and make glennon look a lot better than what he really is. I would think that would be looked at as good coaching but everyone is knocking him for it. If Rainey fizzles out next year on another squad does that make Ernest Byner a bad coach?

  2. Name Required Says:

    Yep. Rough list:

    Trent Dilfer, David Carr, Akili Smith, Joey Harrington, Kyle Boller… and Aaron Rodgers. All first-round QBs that were total busts with the exception of two Super Bowl winners.

    I think of it this way… He got the absolute best out of his QBs and made them look good enough to be first-rounders.

    Of course, this also leads me to believe they might go for Derek Carr- David’s brother. Not my first choice for a QB, but maybe worth it in the second round?

  3. wolf4bucs Says:

    IM gonna say it again Connor Shaw is going under the radar and the kid can play so why not look at him for an option in a later round for competition. If tedford is this guru then with the skills this kid showed at SC then imagine hwat he can turn this kid into. IMO

  4. DallasBuc Says:

    What does QB guru mean? Was he the QB position coach at Cal or HC? Can anyone explain why this guy is qualified to run an offense and call plays on Sundays?
    Lots of questions. Zero answers so far.

  5. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    The fact that all these QB were first round picks and ended up busting is even more evidence that Tedford did an excellent job with them in college.
    Sit back and just think a minute…..he prepared them to the point that NFL teams drafted them very high….that means he did his job well….

  6. PRBucFan Says:

    He has done both

    Was most recently the Cal coach and he calls his plays.

    Wiki is your friend just look it up.

  7. Eric Says:

    Having that many first round QBs selected is a hell of an accomplishment. Cal and Fresno State aren’t football powerhouses. I don’t know of any coach that has even come close to producing that many first round quarterbacks.

    Of course I recognize it’s a risk bringing up a college guy to call plays in the pros. That’s a legit concern until he proves himself.

    I’m anxious to see what Joe has dug up on him on his offensive style and how Lovie got hooked up with him.

    But you know our old friend Mike Shula is doing a fine job in Carolina. Cam Newton helps, which is why we need a QB in first round.

  8. PRBucFan Says:

    From what I read the reason his team struggled in his last few seasons was cause he was forced to pass over his play calling which is his niche and he excels at to be able to focus on the defense and special teams more.

  9. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    You have to ask yourself…Why would Lovie Smith choose him?

    Lovie had the time to consider many candidates…..certainly would have been granted permission to hire whoever he wanted….has been around quite some time in the NFL…and Lovie knows his achilles heel is Offense…
    I don’t think he believes he is rolling the dice with Tedford.

    Also, I like having someone like Tedford to evaluate Glennon and whether or not to draft a QB or FA…If Tedford signs off on Glennon, that would be a huge endorsement….the only one that matters! And, if he doesn’t…there probably won’t be much second-guessing…

  10. PRBucFan Says:

    Yea, he knows what he’s doing

  11. Mike Stephens Says:


  12. Destinjohnny Says:

    Ajm is the best qb in the nation

  13. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    A good analogy for Tedford’s QB work would be:

    The makeup artist that prepares multiple Miss America winners….even if they turn out to be dogs later….the makeup artist did his job preping them for the win!!!

  14. Cody Says:

    Reply to Mike Stephens…

    Please just say No to Jerry Angelo he sucks as a GM…

  15. Northend Says:

    Mike Stephens please just stop

  16. $acbuc$ Says:

    RRRRRR..the dead has awaken…I am so pumped up about these front office moves by the Glazers I cant sleep without saying Buc yeah!
    Im baaaaaccckkkk!!!!

    Ready to go blow for blow.

  17. Rrsrq Says:

    Time will tell. First things first, is Glennon his QB.

  18. DallasBuc Says:

    AJM is best QB in the nation? Sounds like a spoiled little bama homer pushing his crush on the rest of us! How did you like that pick?…terrible!

  19. Macabee Says:

    To the victor goes the spoils. Tedford is Lovie’s choice and I’m good with that until I have reason to believe otherwise. I liked Schiano when he came in. Thought he was just what the Bucs needed at the time. You never know. Well Eric knew, but I didn’t. lol

    I don’t know Chris Ballard either, But if he’s the choice and for his first act he brings in Branden Albert UFA from KC as LOT, I will be impressed!

  20. lurker Says:

    Destinjohnny Said:
    January 2nd, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    “Ajm is the best qb in the nation”

    ummmmmmmm are you watchin the game?

  21. BigMacAttack Says:

    Ajm does have a smokin hot girlfriend. I give him total credit for that.

    I will not prejudge any of these new hires. I’m just so happy to be through with a Head Coach whose name should be stricken from all records of history.

    My hope is that we get Rod Marinelli. I would love to get Bisaccia back but doubt that could happen.

    I like Mark Barron and hope he keeps improving but Dom should have drafted Kuechly and then David for an LB corps that would rival any.

    Everything is moving so slow because of anticipation, yet in reality the Bucs are moving at a record pace right now.

  22. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    Interesting note:

    *On at least two occasions during his tenure as Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager, Rich McKay attempted to hire Jeff Tedford as the team’s offensive coordinator.

  23. BigMacAttack Says:

    I bet Nick Saban wishes he had Johnny Manziel right about now.

  24. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Rich McKay response to the so-called “Tedford Factor”, an allusion to the coach’s flawed track record of preparing quarterbacks for the pro game.

    “”I think it’s really a little bit of a bad rap .With a quarterback, a lot of times it’s getting to the right place … and I don’t know if that’s necessarily been the case for some of his guys.”

    It is a fact of life in the NFL that almost every first-round quarterback is selected by a bad team, walks into a less-than-ideal situation, is forced into place as the new cornerstone of a crumbling franchise.

    (Records of Pupils)
    -Outside of Aaron Rogers-
    Their collective record as starters is just 98-127, only a 43.6 winning percentage. The group has combined for a completion percentage of 54.6, thrown more interceptions (230) than touchdown passes (202), and posted an anemic passer (in)efficiency rating of 68.6. Dilfer has earned the only Pro Bowl appearance so far among them and owns the lone title, having shepherded the Ravens to a Super Bowl XXXV victory.

    Its been said that Jeff Tedford does an excellent job, it seems, in programming his quarterbacks. He provides them more facile reads by having created a system that, sometimes even before the snap, eliminates half of the field from the pass-progression process. The offense places a high premium on completion percentage, on making the quick and accurate throws, usually in low-risk scenarios, but seems lacking in big plays and in vertical dimension.

    —QB Aaron Rodgers, on former coach Jeff Tedford
    “He does a great job of getting you ready. You play in a [sophisticated] offense, learn to make reads, get the chance to get involved in game planning. He gives you the foundation. You can’t blame him for what happens after that. ”

  25. PRBucFan Says:

    For those wondering there’s finally an article that goes into detail on Jeff Tedford’s offense on pewter report. I won’t provide the link but it’s worth the look,].

  26. Stu Laake Says:

    Unproven at NFL level in many areas…bad hire

    Go Bucs 2014

  27. RealityCheck Says:

    Stu if he’s “unproven at NFL level” then by that very fact, you have absolutely NO CLUE if it’s a good hire or not. There are plenty of “proven” guys at the NFL level with offenses that suck. Why does everyone think they are so much better at assessing talent for coaches and players than the guys that have spent their entire lives doing it?

  28. al121976 Says:

    My biggest question is “where is the BUCS realist?”


    A lot of the assistants who came to the Bucs with coach Dungy were unproven in the NFL at the time. Now they are house hold names !!!!!!! Lovies had a lot of time to think all this through,… I think i’ll trust him on his choices !!!!!!! GO BUCS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. Patrick Says:

    We had an outstanding defense for 13 seasons (1996-2008). Only 1 super bowl appearance/win came out of it. Why? Because our offense was mediocre/below average for most of that period. We should have gone to two more super bowls but thanks to historically lackluster Buc offense we never did. The Bucs have never had an elite offense or elite quarterback in their entire history. Why do you think us diehard fans are demanding about having a threatening offense? It’s time.

  31. lurker Says:

    it is time. our fans love to say defense wins championships and yet we only went to 1 superbowl. and we knew their playbook in that one.

  32. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    I don’t envy whoever the new GM is. I just went through all the FAs and Contracts for the players. What a mess!

    22 Free Agents this year, and several are good, needed players. Of note are Jonathan Casillas, Michael Adams, Andrew Economos, Gary Gibson, Danny Gorrer, Adam Hayward, Brian Leonard, Eric Page, Daniel Te’o-Nesheim, Tiquan Underwood and Dekoda Watson…and of course Bobby Rainey. There goes that trade idea for a 3rd.

    And then we have the players in contract years, which I’ll list below with their salaries.

    DE Da’Quan Bowers – $900,768
    OG Gabe Carimi – $645,000
    DE Adrian Clayborn – $1,494,567
    TE Tom Crabtree – $750,000
    RB Jeff Demps – $495,000
    MLB Mason Foster – $754,686
    DB Anthony Gaitor – $645,000
    DB Lenard Johnson – $570,000
    DL Derek Landri – $1,500,000
    LB Danny Lansanah – $570,000
    DT Gerald McCoy – $10,295,000
    DB Kelcie McCray – $570,000
    DB Bradley McDougald – $495,000
    WR Chris Owusu – $570,000
    TE Luke Stocker – $645,000

  33. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    I don’t envy whoever the new GM is. I just went through all the FAs and Contracts for the players. What a mess!

    22 Free Agents this year, and several are good, needed players. Of note are Jonathan Casillas, Michael Adams, Andrew Economos, Gary Gibson, Danny Gorrer, Adam Hayward, Brian Leonard, Eric Page, Daniel Te’o-Nesheim, Tiquan Underwood and Dekoda Watson…and of course Bobby Rainey. There goes that trade idea for a 3rd.

    And then we have the players in contract years, which I’ll list below with their salaries.

  34. trubucfan22 Says:

    Im excited for tedford. He has a vast knowledge of hiw offenses work, and is an exoerienced play caller/designer. No knock on sullivan but the guy had no experiemce in calling or designing an offense. Now we have a real offensive mind. All of this is exciting.

    Its gonna suck taking that first loss after all this hype. Lol screw it im gonna enjoy the excitment while i can. I havent felt this good to be a buccaneer fan since after the super bowl win.

  35. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Here are the guys in contract years
    MLB Mason Foster – $754,686, DE Adrian Clayborn – $1,494,567, DT Gerald McCoy – $10,295,000, TE Luke Stocker – $645,000

    DE Da’Quan Bowers – $900,768, TE Tom Crabtree – $750,000, RB Jeff Demps – $495,000

    DB Anthony Gaitor – $645,000, DB Lenard Johnson – $570,000, DL Derek Landri – $1,500,000, LB Danny Lansanah – $570,000, DB Kelcie McCray – $570,000

    DB Bradley McDougald – $495,000, WR Chris Owusu – $570,000

  36. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Well, it is not letting me post the contract year guys because it is a list.

  37. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Here are the guys in contract years
    MLB Mason Foster – 754,686, DE Adrian Clayborn – 1,494,567, DT Gerald McCoy – 10,295,000, TE Luke Stocker – 645,000

    DE Da’Quan Bowers – 900,768, TE Tom Crabtree – 750,000, RB Jeff Demps – 495,000

    DB Anthony Gaitor – 645,000, DB Lenard Johnson – 570,000, DL Derek Landri – 1,500,000, LB Danny Lansanah – 570,000, DB Kelcie McCray – 570,000

    DB Bradley McDougald – 495,000, WR Chris Owusu – 570,000

  38. trubucfan22 Says:

    Hey joe, when are we gonna see those message boards? The wdae message boards you have advertised seem to be spammed to the max right now… would be nice to have somewhere to holdna conversation considering the message boards were taken down years ago and never replaced.

  39. trubucfan22 Says:

    There is usually a ton of turnover after a new regime comes in. I dont expect a lot of the back up players to be back next season.

  40. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Here are the guys in contract years without salaries. Mason Foster, Adrian Clayborn, Gerald McCoy, Luke Stocker are the main names.

    Then you have Da’Quan Bowers, Tom Crabtree, Jeff Demps, Anthony Gaitor, Lenard Johnson, Derek Landri, Danny Lansanah, Kelcie McCray, Bradley McDougald and Chris Owusu.

    Most of them are no big deals, but Foster, Clayborn and McCoy are. Luke Stocker is “okay”.

  41. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Well, sorry Joe. It didn’t tell me they were waiting for moderation untill after I tried posting it several ways.

    If you would just let the first one thru, I would be grateful.

  42. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    I really didn’t intend to spam 🙁

  43. trubucfan22 Says:

    Lol good job bb.

  44. Patrick in VA Says:

    Lovie has had a ton of time to research who he wants to bring with him to his next gig. He would’ve had to have pitched the glazers on how he was going to improve his offensive struggles as we are in die need of fixing our own offensive struggles. I have no doubt that he has identified the deficiency and found the right guy to fix it. Lovie is a pro. I know we’re all used to questioning the coaching staff because they’ve trotted out a series of bozos to us for a while but this guy has seen what it’s supposed to look like. I’ll hold my judgments until we have a few games under our belts

  45. Bill Says:

    @ Patrick

    Agree +1

  46. Tomcin Says:

    What’s the deal with Rod Marinelli?

  47. Tomcin Says:

    What’s the deal with Rod Marinell