Football Is Football

June 4th, 2014
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Bucs OC Jeff Tedford waved off any notion his mysterious offense will reinvent the NFL.

Of course, when something is shrouded in mystery, its reputation tends to get blown out of proportion. Take Jeff Tedford’s offense.

The offense is akin to Enigma, like some secret code that will save Bucs football. Since Tedford had been hired, he has been kept in a virtual closet, only out to speak with reporters yesterday, the first time in months.

Players have painfully tight-lipped about the offense, only giving generalities with their body language sensing the NKVD lurking just behind their shoulders. In some ways, when it comes to Tedford’s offense, it’s as if One Buc Palace has become Area 51.

Tedford stated yesterday his offense really isn’t trying to reinvent the football wheel.

“Football is football,” Tedford said. “There are no revelations about anything particularly different. There are different things about football all over that people have been exposed to from time to time. Terminology is, no question, one thing people need to get used to. And I think [his players] have done a very good job of that so far.”

When asked why all the secrecy surrounding his offense, Tedford smiled, adding, “I don’t know. We are just out here working. It is evolving. We are putting in new things all the time constantly in different situations whether it be third down or red zone, two-minute. So I think [the players] are in the process of figuring the whole thing out, too. And they’ve done a very good job of it so far and how fast they have picked up on things. The learning process continues each day we are out here.”

As Joe has stated, there is little to judge from underwear football aside from passing and maybe pass defense. How will this offense work if the offensive line struggles? What will Josh McCown do if he is pressured, unlike now where he cannot be hit? What happens when linebackers are finally allowed to hit running backs?

Those answers should come later this summer in training camp and preseason games. Until that time, Tedford’s offense will be a mystery, in part, because he has never coached in an NFL game.

17 Responses to “Football Is Football”

  1. Couch Fan Says:

    We dont need an offense to reinvent the NFL. Just competent play calling that doesn’t call for running up the middle twice then throw a 3 yard pass on 3rd and long.

  2. The_Buc_Realist Says:


  3. Oil Derrick Brooks Says:


    And on top of that, the ability to adjust during the game.

  4. Couch Fan Says:


  5. Jim Walker Says:

    Hiding that they don’t have an offensive line. But that’s no secret.

  6. chef paul Says:

    Here’s to hoping Tedfords big secret is Nicks is at 100%

  7. William Says:

    @CF & ODB – Come on guys… You mean you didn’t enjoy watching the Bucs play in the 1st half only last year? I don’t blame Schiano for the players taking naps at halftime while the coaches drank some good old sweat tea. They should have let the backups play in the second half since it did not matter.

    Boy 2013 game attendees should be refunded at least half their ticket price. What a joke! But no adjustments were needed. Coaches were busy making sure no player was smiling in the sidelines…. They should have looked at the fans they were not smiling either. lol

  8. SAMCRO Says:

    I agree with Couch. Just a little less predictability would help keep defenses honest.

  9. biff barker Says:

    Exploit and attack as opposed to the Father Dungy “impose your will” crap. Mix plays, change the tempo and spread the ball around.
    We’ve got a nice mix of talent. Use it. Curious to know if Tedford will be calling plays from upstairs or the sideline.

  10. PRBucFan Says:

    Exactly what I said in your “Doubting Josh McCown piece” when you make it sound like Tedford is entering something completely foreign that he hasn’t done successfully before in many different football avenues..

    “Tedford has run “successful” offenses in many different football avenues what exactly is different about the X’s and O’s of the NFL football than any other?

    It’s not like we are talking about someone who has never had experience in “football”.

    [[[[[[Football is football is football]]]], sure the talent is even greater in the NFL as far as defenses go but so are the offensive players he will have to be able to use and succeed with as well.”

  11. BigMacAttack Says:

    why are you and the local scribes, so hell bent on outing Tedford’s offense and game plans? Really. Why give the enemy your battle plans and minimize any element of surprise you may have? It is a complete bonehead stupid move to release your offensive, defensive or any plans for that matter. Think about it in military terms and think about what you guys are asking. I rarely disagree with you, but this time I 100% do. I’m happy to keep it under wraps and have no problem waiting to see it on the field. A couple more months isn’t going to kill us and I think most Buc fans would be happy with opponents not knowing what the Bucs’ offense looks like. I really hope when training camp starts and the offensive Monster provides glimpses of its fangs that you and the rest of the local media use discretion in your reporting. Lets not help the enemy because they don’t need it.

  12. chef paul Says:

    BigMac, you just reminded me of Geraldo. He got in something deep by giving out too much info during the Iraq war.

  13. BigMacAttack Says:

    I hope that me, as in I, BigMac, didn’t remind you of him, as in Geraldo. LOL

    If so, I’m screwed and need to just STFU.

  14. iamabuc Says:

    You guys are right, I’m comfortable and happy not knowing if the rest of the NFL Teams don’t know either.

  15. Chef Paul Says:

    lol. That depends. If you have a mane for hair, one kick ass mustache, and talk like you are voicing a movie trailer, you would remind me, Chef Paul, of him.

    But I’m sure you don’t. That combination of DNA only comes around once in a lifetime.

  16. BigMacAttack Says:

    Chef Paul, LOL.
    No, but I did tear down a mysterious wall once only to find an empty room.

  17. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    “We are just out here working. It is evolving.”

    Which means he is still trying to develop his offensive playbook.

    PPBucFan, if you think any other football is like NFL football, you are warped. Huge differences. That’s why no other league has the same level of success.

    There are a lot of rule differences. Like, for example, if a player’s helmet comes off in college, he is forced to sit out the next play. In CFL there are only 3 downs. The rules change everything.

    And I’m sure you’ve heard players remark that the NFL is much faster. That affects playcalling.