Jeff Tedford’s Versatile Offense

July 27th, 2014
Bucs MLB Mason Foster talks about OC Jeff Tedford's offense.

MLB Mason Foster talks about offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford

When Bucs middle linebacker Mason Foster heard Tampa Bay brought in former Cal head coach Jeff Tedford in as offensive coordinator, he figured it would be fun for coaches and bad news for guys like him.

Thus far in training camp, Tedford’s offense is everything Foster thought it would be and maybe more.

You see, Foster played in the (then) PAC-10 for Washington. He had to grind big time during weeks leading up to a game against the Golden Bears because Tedford was such a wizard.

“Coach Tedford is a great offensive mind,” Foster said. “I played against him all through college and it just different things he throws at you. You have to prepare for everything. You have to be on top of it. All of your checks. Good to go against this type of offense now, in this heat with the no-huddle and the up-tempo, it will make us that much better when we face those teams during the year.”

Facing that offense with the Bucs in training camp “is tough,” Foster said. “The offense has so many weapons, it is tough. They are going to make plays and you just have to bounce back and have a short memory. Make your [plays] when you get a chance to.”

What makes Tedford’s offense so difficult to play against? Foster said it’s the variety.

“[The offense] is exactly what I expected,” Foster said. “His offense in college was so versatile the way he would go from two backs to empty [back sets] to screens to reverse — everything. You really have to be on top of your stuff on defense because you rarely see the same thing twice.”

8 Responses to “Jeff Tedford’s Versatile Offense”

  1. Kevin Says:

    YES!!!!!! IT SUCKS OUR OL is not looking that great right now, but they obviously had to fix a lot of other areas of need. At least we as fans won’t be able to predict 98% of the play calling before the game even starts anymore. This is what we need to compete. Hope they gel by Day 1

  2. Buccfan37 Says:

    Yeah, and I thought it was just me that could call the next play correctly last year. Not really! The play calling was extremely predictable and any offensive ingenuity will be exciting and much appreciated by Buc fans.

  3. biff barker Says:

    A far cry from when Greg Olson ran the same 30 scripted plays against Detroit early the following season. The Lions DB’s were laughing.

    Kinda reminds me of the Father Dungy impose your will and execute nonsense.

  4. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    The playcalling was so bad and predictable that even my wife was starting to call the next play…..we need to put in a bunch of WRs/TEs….then run….we need to line Sims up in two back sets and throw it to him. Put Demps in….just as a decoy.
    To be versitile, you have to have players capable of performing the tasks…..we brought some in that can do just that like Sims & ASJ…..

  5. Mr Magoo Says:

    Yeah it was so predictable. They either called a run or a pass. We fans could guess it 50% of the time. Who would call a pass play on 3rd and 10? So predictable. Glad we have a new OC genius that will call something new that we’ve never seen before.

  6. PRBucFan Says:

    It was very predictable regardless of your sarcasm lol.

    Run Run Pass Punt

  7. Brandon Says:

    Offenses are ALWAYS behind defenses at this point. I have little concern or worries about our OL. Two starters will emerge and if time has proven anything, teams can be very successful with marginal starters at the guard positions.

  8. Thomas Says:

    Man, I cant wait! its gonna be a lot of fun this year! THe height and speed they are bringing this year is going to be unlike anyone has seen on the Bucs before.