“Spread Elements” Coming To Tampa Bay

January 19th, 2014

Holy Tim Tebow!

New Bucs offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford is talking about spreading out the Bucs’ offense.

Don’t get too wound up. The departed Bucs regime also had us believe run-and-shoot elements might dazzle these parts.

Tedford, speaking on WHFS-FM last week, talked a bit about “schematics” that became part of his DNA during his time on the wider fields of he Canadian Football League, where Tedford played quarterback for six seasons and coached.

“Yeah, there will be some spread elements to it,” Tedford said of the new Bucs offense. “And there will be some of getting the ball out quick in space and letting your athletes make some plays.”

Like any offensive coordinator, Tedford preached diversity but still came back to more of his roots.

“Get on the perimeter in multiple ways. You know, from the run game to the extended run game, which is really those things outside [with] quarterbacks spitting out to athletes in space,” Tedford said. “Sometimes that’s as good as a run.”

Of course, it’s impossible to predict what the Bucs offense might look like, especially with the quarterback position uncertain. Tedford, thankfully, is the kind of guy who believes deeply in tailoring an offense to personnel.

78 Responses to ““Spread Elements” Coming To Tampa Bay”

  1. Stevek Says:

    Hopefully it is a winning offense.

  2. Kalind Says:

    They need another weapon or two to make that work. Lord knows Tiquan isn’t the answer. I’m taking that as a good sign. Didn’t Jimmy G run a lot of the quick hitch and slant route offense?

  3. trusomaroff Says:

    Trade up for manziel and this offense immediately becomes dangerous. If he is too skinny MG is his backup. And I’m sure MG will be even better this year.

  4. RastaMon Says:

    spread thin…

  5. SAMCRO Says:

    You need an offensive line if you’re gonna spread out or whoever we have behind center will get destroyed like last year. I’m sorry, Penn has always been a good feel story but he ain’t getting it done consistently enough anymore. Zuttah needs to move back to guard and Nicks and Joseph are toast.

  6. Tgregs Says:

    QB uncertain? Again tell me what draft QB is guaranteed to be better than any in our division. Lineman.

  7. Buc1987 Says:

    Tgregs…no one will answer that for you, because they know damn well there isn’t one.

  8. Buc1987 Says:

    Then again Manziel would love to check out the spread elements at Mon Venus.

  9. PRBucFan Says:

    Bridgewater or bust!!!!!

    Or Manchild and bust!!!!


  10. trusomaroff Says:

    Well if anyone could answer that we would be in a whole different world. I can’t guarantee anything. But what I would put my money is that manziel will create more plays than MG as will any decent mobile QB. You guys don’t want to accept the fact that the NFL is moving more and more towards mobile QBs. But it is

  11. lurker Says:

    seriously…what friggin draft pick is guaranteed? even o-linemen!

    the qb just has to move to be better than glennon.

  12. Eric Says:

    If you can’t draft a QB absent a guarantee he will be as good as Brees his first year you never will draft one.

    Since when are lineman draftees guarantees?

  13. Patrick in VA Says:

    Can’t wait for Denver to win the super bowl and yet again the super bowl champion qb will be a pocket passer with no mobility. Then I’d like to hear more about how the league is moving more toward the mobile qb. Folks have been saying that since Vick was the gold standard for what the qb of tomorrow was supposed to look like. Still waiting on one of them to win a ring

  14. PRBucFan Says:

    Manning will always be the exception to the rule.

    He makes up for a lack of mobility with beyond superior everything else lol

  15. ronco Says:

    Mobile QBs do not have longevity in this league. You can’t claim you want a “franchise” QB while simultaneously pining for someone who relies so much on their legs (Manziel).

  16. Patrick in VA Says:

    @Ronco. Great point. a mobile qb is a quick fix and something to put butts in the seats but not a long term solution

  17. bee Says:


    Tomorrow isn’t guaranteed let alone knowing what rookie QB will be better than Glennon. But I will say this, there is no guarantee that Glennon will eventually be better than the QBs in our division.

  18. Patrick in VA Says:

    Let’s just get away from the guarantee talk. If we could guarantee that a player’s skills will translate, which we can’t, there’s no guarantees that a player’s health will hold up (see Brian Price, Arrelious Benn).

  19. BucsFanGreg Says:

    Did you guys see Garroppolo yesterday? He’s tailor made for a spread offense. He has a super quick release and is a great athlete too! We can get BPA in round 1 and get Garroppolo in round 2!

  20. Eric Says:

    We don’t have Manning.

    Or anyone within a thousand miles of him.

  21. PRBucFan Says:

    Don’t want a running QB just a QB who CAN run if need be.

  22. lurker Says:

    funny, I saw manning roll out and bootleg, and make all these throws that glennon has not. ask glennon to move left and make a throw.

  23. Patrick in VA Says:

    Not saying glennon is Manning. Just that there is a place in this league for an immobile but cerebral qb, which we have. Don’t let the bulk of the nonsense you saw this year fool you. When glennon went to no huddle and wasn’t hindered by the bs offense they were trying to run he was efficient and effective. That doesn’t mean he’ll be an MVP but it does mean that he’s better suited for this league than the offense he was playing in

  24. Oahubuc Says:

    Lovie is watching Michael Bennett today and wondering what kind of buffoons he’s taking over for.

  25. lurker Says:

    joe montana and steve young won a superbowl or 2 and had longevity. brett favre, john Elway, aaron rogers. hmmmmmmmmmm they have done alright. brees runs around.

  26. lurker Says:

    2 minute offense versus prevent defense tells us what about glennon?

  27. ronco Says:

    Joe Flacco averages 2.5yds per rush and just under 2.5 attempts per game for his career. You don’t need a mobile QB to win.

  28. buchead407 Says:

    Michael bennet….bennet…bennet ……bennet. he’s dominating tonight can’t believe we gave him up

  29. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    49ers just got robbed. And that dude’s leg is broke!

  30. lurker Says:

    a mobile qb increases your chances of winning. also, there are other issues with geoffrey glennon besides immobility.

  31. mark2001 Says:

    Wow…if the Officials are as bad as they are in the Seattle game, it won’t make much difference what Offense we run…the game will be decided by the officials and not the players.

  32. buchead407 Says:

    We couldnt have used a playmaking DE like Michael bennet…nope not us bucs

  33. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    HaH!!!! Karma, baby!

  34. lurker Says:

    wow…beast mode…oops

  35. mark2001 Says:

    Ohau…if you would do a little research, you would find out that the rumor is that Bennett was a guy Schiano wanted to keep. The question you have to ask is, was it the Glazers or Dom that made it…if it was the Glazers, the Buffoons are still making the decisions.

  36. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    mark2001, how is that any different from any other year lately? lol

    The way the rules are, they call penalties just to play it safe now, and all they have to do is say “I’m sorry” the next day.

  37. Patrick in VA Says:

    @lurker – so your argument that the NFL is trending toward mobile qbs is to reference a lost of qbs that played a generation or two ago?

  38. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    I really hope the 49ers win this game.

    Bennett is injured.

  39. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Lurker, it also increases the chances of an injury.

    Dang it, interception.

  40. mark2001 Says:

    Bonzai…it is just that these are so obvious…they don’t know about running into a plant foot on a punt? They can’t see a guy laying on his back with the ball? Couldn’t even have a conference about it before the call if they weren’t sure? I know it is always at least a little problem, but even an old man like me could see that.

  41. PRBucFan Says:

    There’s a difference between a QB who runs with the intent to pass like a Luck and a QB who runs with intent to run.

    A pocket passer who has the ability run is what we are pointing to.

    Not a Kap/Cam type player

  42. lurker Says:

    nope,,,i was dispelling the comments of mobile qb’s don’t have longevity and don’t win the whole she-bang.

  43. PRBucFan Says:

    Refs and bad calls have/will always been/be part of football

  44. Eric Says:

    Niners are gonna end up winning this by a point.

  45. mark2001 Says:

    PR…I thought these guys were supposed to be the best of the best? We aren’t talking about third stringers.

  46. Brandon Says:

    Joe Flacco runs circles around Glennon. His issue isn’t that he can’t run, he just normally doesn’t go past the LOS when he runs.

    Sorry Glennon Mob, your boy’s are numbered here in Tampa.

  47. feelthepewterpower Says:

    Imagine if we had Jaquez Green in his prime right now!!

  48. mark2001 Says:

    Feel…you mean in college?

  49. lurker Says:

    the offense/play called determines if a qb runs to run.

  50. PRBucFan Says:

    What are you talking about lol?

    I was agreeing with you ahahaha

  51. ronco Says:

    Other Super Bowl winning QBs over the past decade and their career rush avgs: Eli Manning (1.9yds), Drew Brees (1.8yds), Tom Brady (1.8yds), Peyton Manning (1.7yds), Aaron Rodgers (4.7yds), Ben Roethlisberger (3.3yds)

  52. lurker Says:

    the read option/ pistol offense dictates the qb runs vs handoff to rb

  53. lurker Says:

    I know prbucfan…i’m just saying for “running”qb’s it is determined by the offensive system..

    and you are right. we want a qb with escapability. and why does it have to be escapability/mobility vs durability?

  54. Eric Says:

    I’m wrong again!

  55. SAMCRO Says:


    We can’t get Flacco, so why bring him into the conversation.

    Tell us with all your elite wisdom who is available through free agency or the draft that would without any doubt be better than Glennon.

    I don’t have a crystal ball, so in my opinion Glennon should at least be able to compete for the starting job. Right now, If I’m Lovie MG8 is my QB until another QB has proven himself better than MG8.

  56. lurker Says:

    wow. game over. dang, great play. sorry, 9ers.

    and I want peyton to win 1 more superbowl. this will be an intriguing superbowl. so glad we got fresh blood in the superbowl, too. screw new england.

  57. PRBucFan Says:

    “why does it have to be escapability/mobility vs durability?”


  58. lurker Says:

    wow. that game was won/lost by the qb’s, receivers, defensive backs, not the lines…lol

  59. lurker Says:


    who’s gonna win the superbowl?

    (this way I know who not to put $ on) 😉

  60. Mord Says:

    Completely OT: Richard Sherman’s post-game rant was squarely between “pure a**hole” and “was that a Dave Chappelle skit?!”

  61. PRBucFan Says:

    The man was passionate lol, possibly too passionate, but it happens.

    Get over it

  62. Mord Says:

    Agreed, but I half-expected a “YEAY-AAHHH!!!”

  63. PewterPirates Says:

    Maybe Bennett decided to leave, you know it takes 2 sides to make a deal. Unless of course you would have been okay with franchising him for 11-12 million for this year. He didn’t even get half of that in Seattle. He was very vocal about his issues with the way Schiano ran the team after he left. I wouldn’t be surprised in the least if we attempted to keep him but Bennett decided to walk.

  64. buchead407 Says:

    I wouldve have left too

  65. Eric Says:

    Ill bet that Sherman guy wouldn’t be a Schiano man.

    Be nice to watch a playoff game next year where the bucs are participating.

    Be really nice. Don’t even mind if we get blown out at this point.

  66. SAMCRO Says:

    Bennett’s playing for a ring now, kind of looks like he made the right choice to leave. 🙁

    At least Talib won’t get one. 🙂

  67. PRBucFan Says:

    You know for Dom and Schiano no longer being part of the Bucs organization, we sure like to dwell on em a lot lol

  68. Architek Says:

    I really respect what the Seahawks have accomplished! They kept it simple and have a smart young qb that plays good and he’s getting better.

    Maybe next pre-season people won’t tell me that it’s just preseason and the Bucs wil turn it on, Seattle played great even in preseason,

    Their defense played great every game and I can see the Bucs in a similar capacity but with better wideouts. Great coaching is coming and a couple of pieces, including a solid young qb and we will be there.

  69. lurker Says:

    ahhhhhhhhh hope springs eternal

  70. PRBucFan Says:

    I called the Seachicks to win it all on these threads

    I’m not so sure that it will happen with how I saw Peyton play today lol

  71. Kgh4life Says:

    On paper the spread offense sounds good but you must have the personnel in place to make it be successful. Tedford has to make that decision .

  72. Luther Says:

    Another vote here for Garoppalo. He certainly has the quick release and accuracy needed. When all is said and done, he may even be the best QB in this draft.

  73. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Tgregs Says
    “QB uncertain? Again tell me what draft QB is guaranteed to be better than any in our division.”

    Tell me how Glennon is guaranteed to be better than any in our division.

    It takes less time to break in a oline guy than it takes for a QB. You go QB first.

  74. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    PRBucFan Says
    “A pocket passer who has the ability run is what we are pointing to.”

    I agree with that.

    At the same time though, the leadership abilities of Johnny could raise to quality of the players as well. He strikes me as a gunslinger Brett Favre type. Possible a bunch of pick, but will also make you forget them with his other playmaking skills.

    If we cannot get a QB in round one, then I would settle for bringing in Mark Sanchez to compete this year. He has playoff exp, and it is worth seeing if the coaching and fan/media in NY led to his issues there.

    If they bring him in, let him and Glennon battle it out. If neither does well enough, get someone new next year.

    There are also rumors that Big Ben may be released.

  75. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Lurker, I want Peyton t win the SB as well, mainly because it doesn’t seem right for Eli to have more rings. Peyton is better…still probably the best.

  76. Mord Says:

    Here it comes: https://vine.co/v/hlPdw1pubDO

  77. Buc1987 Says:

    Bonzai …Eli having more rings than his brother is ample proof that it’s team sport. QB plays a big part, but teams CAN win Super Bowls without a stellar QB. Yes even in today’s NFL.

  78. Clowney Says:

    After watching the East-West Shrinebowl I came away with one conclusion.

    Garropolo is God!

    The problem is that the Alabama QB (bust) chickened out of the Senior Bowl and Garropolo is taking his place. If he repeats his performance on a bigger stage, he drops into the 1st round.

    Maybe, he just might be the best NFL QB in this draft.

    Jordan Lynch crashed and burned in that game.