Tedford Funnelled Plenty Of Talent

January 10th, 2014

All kinds of chatter surrounded former Bucs commander Greg Schiano sending a lot of players from Rutgers to the NFL. For a head coach of a recruiting challenged Big East school, Schiano did quite well in his 11 years there.

But what about new Bucs offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford, the former 11-year head coach of the University of California?

You might not think of “Cal” when considering programs that pump out loads of NFL players, but the numbers disagree.

BusinessInsider.com guru Cork Gaines, Joe’s friend and the brilliant curator of RaysIndex.com, compiled an interesting chart back in September of the schools with the most players on 2013 NFL rosters.

And there was Cal sitting in ninth place, tied with Notre Dame and ahead of mighty Alabama. Tedford was Cal head coach from 2002-2012. And 37 Cal men were NFL players this fall.

This tells Joe that Tedford could not just recruit, but he could develop players. His reputation also must have been sound in NFL circles.

That doesn’t make Tedford a good offensive coordinator, but it speaks well for his ability to get the most out of his roster.

22 Responses to “Tedford Funnelled Plenty Of Talent”

  1. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Comparing Tedford to Sullivan would probably be meaningless.
    He’s our guy now….the important thing is that Lovie knows that Offense was his downfall and his weak suit. Lovie could hav picked most any OC he wanted and he chose Tedford.
    I suspect we will be pleased with the decision.
    32nd isn’t a hard act to follow!!!

  2. bucfanjeff Says:

    Well, we can’t get worse! LOL

    I think we’ll be fine. The real problem is if we go from 32nd to say, 10th, we’ll get the ‘Tedford for HC’ chatter. But that’s a LONG way away.

    Excited for next year.

  3. ROBERT6 Says:

    I know I will get MAJORLY flamed for this………….but here goes……

    anyone ever think what a some hotshot Madden player might be like calling plays in the NFL. How long before this happens?

    Some similarities:

    they ARE in fact plaing another person just like sully vs. payton

    they do adapt given what the other team is throwing is doing scheme and package wise

    they play 500 games in the same timeframe an OC calls 16 games

    sometimes I truly think some punk kid from madden could out play call any OC we have ever had.

    I never had any credibility anyways. 🙂

  4. Kevin Says:

    My biggest concern for hiring a defensive minded coach, is that if and when he finds a REALLY good OC, two years down the road he’s gone and then you have to find a replacement. In this day of football, I would prefer to have a solid offensive minded coach then defensive minded. We’ll see what happens, but if they do good it’s not like the glaziers would fire love and keep the oc. Would love learn the offense, or promote an assistant that works under tedford to take over at OC at that time? I am happy going into the next two years and excited, but what about long term. It would be nice to have one of these decade good teams like the packers, saints, pats…..etc

  5. NewTampaChris Says:

    If we could just run ONE play next season that makes me say, “Hey, that was creative!” I’ll be happy.

  6. BuccFanInHawkeyeCountry Says:

    How bout dem Hawkeyes :o)

  7. Macabee Says:

    Didn’t Sullivan get the Bucs ranked 9th in total offense in 2012 with leaky, sleepy, Rumpelstiltskin Freeman or whatever Joe calls him? Then Tedford should have no problem getting the Bucs to 10th or better!

  8. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Actually, I would settle for having an offense so good that we lose our OC….I’ll take my chances in the OC marketplace.

    I have absolutely no doubt that our defense wiil be stout!!!

  9. Roscoe the Pirate Says:

    Joe, it looks like you left the word “make” out twice in the last paragraph, did you type this while you were making out?

  10. Macabee Says:

    Everyday something happens that makes me like the new Bucs even more!

  11. Harry Says:

    Amen. Wouldn’t that be a great problem to have.

  12. Architek Says:

    Great point Bucfanjeff –
    That’s the absolute truth, we can only get better offensively (literally) but I think that with better planning and personnel acquisition we will also be much better.

    Martin is the main missing part but I just hope Tedford scheme can maximize the talent. Tampa is sorely missing quicker and explosive weapons – I’m sure they are well aware of the roster shortcoming.

  13. Chef Paul Says:

    “How bout dem Hawkeyes 😮 )”

    Hell yeah!!! 34 baby. Second in the Big Ten. Not too shabby

  14. Chef Paul Says:

    Man!! I’m a fan of this Tedford fella. I sure hope he can do in the pros what he did in college. I cant wait to see what he does with this offense.

  15. NY Buc Says:

    Makes me like the Tedford hire more now. One of the things I liked about Schiano was the fact was a good evaluator of talent (number of Rutgers players in the NFL for a small school), and this thread shows that apparently Tedford is good at that too. I like it when teams can recognize talent and can build through the draft instead of having to rely on free agency to fill the holes from draft busts. A step in the right direction hopefully to being a lasting contender?

  16. k1ngadroc Says:

    5 outta 8 playoff HC’s are defensive… I like the hire and like our OC. Let’s see what players they bring in to fill the gaps and compete

  17. Cody Says:

    Im jacked up about Jeff Tedford; this guy knows offense backwards and forward, he’s the real deal when it comes to offense guys…It should’t take him very long to get this offense in the top 10…

  18. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Kevin Says
    “My biggest concern for hiring a defensive minded coach, is that if and when he finds a REALLY good OC, two years down the road he’s gone…”

    Given the year Lovie took to plan this out, I’m sure Lovie got him to commit to at least 3 years verbally. Or, he may just be one of those guys that no longer wants an HC position. Monte passed on many offers to take over teams.

    Either way, having an OC that everyone else wants means our offense is doing very well. If we get a good, young QB in for the man to form a bond with, he may well choose to remain as well. Especially if he knows the kid will make him look like a genious for years to come.

    Either way, I’m not ready to count those chickens before they hatch. I fell for that last year.

  19. trubucfan22 Says:

    Typically if a oc leaves for a hc job then the qb coach takes over as oc. Keeping the same offense with a fresh prospective. If doesnt always work out great. But the point is that teams dont go out and hire a new oc and new offense if the old one was working great. Just promote within the system.

  20. Brandon Says:

    Also, the 4 teams left in the NFC also happen to be its 4 best defenses.

  21. Brandon Says:

    37 guys from one school isn’t a big deal. If we had retained Corky Schiano, we would’ve likely had 37 players from one school on our roster, Rutgers South. And those that weren’t from Rutgers would have been ordered to obtain post-graduate degrees from the school immediately.

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