Up-tempo? Think Two-Minute Drill

June 3rd, 2014

Bucs offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford provided a hint into what his offense will look like. Just a little bit.

Finally, more light was shed on the mysterious Jeff Tedford offense after the final OTA open to the local pen and mic club this afternoon at One Buc Palace.

Bucs offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford held court for the first time since his hiring, and lifted the shroud off the offense, at least, a little bit.

Bucs players, specifically center Evan Dietrich-Smith, have described Tedford’s offense as “up-tempo,” but offered scant details.

Tedford was specifically asked what is “up-tempo” in his offense. Tedford didn’t give any secrets away, but said up-tempo really isn’t a whole lot different than a two-minute offense.

“There are different phases of it from time to time,” Tedford said. “Everybody runs the two-minute scheme and everybody has to have a two-minute [drill] in their offense, and of course we do. We’ve been able to utilize that a little bit. We’re in different tempos. We huddle quite a bit as well, and so there’s really nothing much different than what you would normally see from time to time of somebody just going into a two-minute offense.”

Now we are getting a little bit clearer picture on what this will look like. It almost smells like a hurry-up offense with a huddle. Get the play, call the play, hustle to the line of scrimmage and go!

In short, what Tedford and the Bucs seem to want to do on offense is to wear out defenses not just by playing ground-and-pound football.

32 Responses to “Up-tempo? Think Two-Minute Drill”

  1. robert8 Says:

    kind of like the pats, saints, old colts…wait…they might be on to something!

  2. William Says:

    MG8’s specialty. Remember the SF game.

  3. Oil Derrick Brooks Says:

    I truly appreciate these types of articles. We still at the top layers of the Tedford onion. Training camp is going to be so much better this year.

  4. BirdDoggers Says:

    It seems like Tedford also eluded to going no huddle at times, possibly switching the tempo as the game dictates. Imagine that, a coach that might actually make adjustments throughout the game. We didn’t see much of that the past couple years.

  5. Orca Says:


  6. robert8 Says:

    I was thinking what dogger said. go for the throat, just like NE, Denver, Saints………be one with the OC. the force is with you Josh.

  7. SAMCRO Says:

    Sounds very similar to Peyton Manning’s offense where Peyton is given the luxury to audible on every play. He is one of the best at running an up-tempo type offense.

  8. Luther Says:

    Not shocked at all to hear this. I actually expected it.

  9. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    Did you catch the implication that Mike Glennon will be the opening day starter?

  10. Mr. Patrick Says:

    FINALLY somebody is smart enough to play hot weather football in Florida

  11. Mr. Patrick Says:

    FINALLY somebody is smart enough to play hot weather football in Florida instead of cold weather ground-and-pound

  12. gatrbuc17 Says:

    Two minute drill…………hmmmmmmmmmmm What did MG8 excel at last yr? And in College?

  13. gatrbuc17 Says:

    Things are becoming more apparent every day for this Bucs fan of 38 yrs.

  14. BoJim Says:

    It will be good for Mike.

  15. Nick H Says:

    There’s a piece related to fantasy football that acutally has a pretty good look at Tedford’s offense, plays per game, NFL avgs, etc. It does get down to fantasy football in the end but a good look at how the play splits may look.

    Sorry if this is against rules, just delete if so.


  16. Bman Says:

    Does anyone else think of Robert Loggia when you they see Tedford??

  17. Kevin Says:

    I think I’m going to order a “Tedford” jersey!!!

  18. Swaggy64 Says:

    I’m just guessing but based on the personnel they’ve acquired I think there gonna pass to the backs and tight ends a lot more than the last 5 years under Morris & Schiano. A west coast offense, but one that emphasizes good run/pass balance. An offense that tries to get big pass yardage more from good yards after the catch than risky low-percentage deep routes.

  19. Buc the Haters Says:

    I agree that Glennon is intelligent enough and also physically capable of excelling in this kind of offense, but McCown is a better option for us right now because he’s a little better than Glennon in virtually every aspect of the game; mentally and physically. That’s the Truth. You can accept it or deny it. You can either join the JMP or the MP (Josh McCown Posse or McCown Pessimists Aka the Major P”$$1E$)

  20. Couch Fan Says:

    Just because you say its the truth, does not make it the truth. LOL

  21. Buc the Haters Says:

    Well, it is actually the Truth. (from a logical and optimistic perspective, that is)

  22. Buc the Haters Says:

    Read the writing on the wall, people. McCown is the undisputed leader of our offense. Do you not keep up with current events? McCown is our guy for now and in the near future. Either embrace it or look silly in a few months when we’re sitting at like 8-2 or something and ballin. Kinda like all the people who made all their pessimistic prognostications that didn’t come true recently. I like Glennon and I’m glad we didn’t trade him like people were claiming, because he’s really solid player with really high football IQ.

  23. Buc the Haters Says:

    Joe, can I possibly get a 3rd-party opinion here? ^ From your insider’s perspective… I feel like my version of the ‘Truth’ is more logical, based on all the known evidence (recent history & current state)

  24. MTM Says:

    Up tempo offense. Thats just crazy talk. Can’t wait!!

  25. ToesOnTheLine Says:

    @ Buc the Haters

    “Read the writing on the wall, people. McCown is the undisputed leader of our offense. Do you not keep up with currents?”

    Well in all fairness the ‘writing on the wall’ here has pretty much had Glennon traded away and a QB drafted in this year’s draft. Forgive some of us for being a little skeptical of the accuracy of what’s written on the wall.

  26. Buc the Haters Says:

    T.O.T.L., Fair enough. I guess I meant the current vibe from practices & meetings instead of actual ‘writing’

  27. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    I don’t see any clues. He said all tempos, sometimes 2 minute, sometimes not, and a lot of huddles.

    Sounds like all other offenses.

    I think you guys are reading into his comments.

  28. Buc the Haters Says:

    BB, what he was saying is that the majority of our offense is going resemble what people recognize as a 2-minute offense. Meaning that we are going to be going at a fast pace more often than most.

  29. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Well, I’ll admit I did not watch the presser yet, but from the quote I don’t get that.

  30. PRBucFan Says:

    You MGMers are really setting yourselves up for a huge disappointment when he doesn’t end up starting lol.

  31. ToesOnTheLine Says:


    We shall see, a lot can change during camp/preseason. I still say Glennon wins the starting job after preseason wraps

  32. Buc the Haters Says:

    Guaranteed Glennon does not start this year. McCown is going to the Probowl.