Aaron Rodgers Played Bucs Matchmaker

August 8th, 2014
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers turned Bucs coach Lovie Smith onto OC Jeff Tedford.

Aaron Rodgers delivered quite a text to the Bucs’ offensive coordinator

Remember when Chucky, who was dubbed a quarterback genius and professed to love every QB who threw a football, had a chance to draft Aaron Rodgers but didn’t? Yeah, one wonders what could have been. (Cadillac Williams wasn’t a shabby pick, though)

However, if the Bucs return to their glory days under Lovie Smith, a big reason could be Rodgers, the Packers future Hall of Famer. For it was Rodgers who played matchmaker for Lovie and hooked him up with his old college coach, Jeff Tedford, explains Jim Corbett of USA Today.

The winningest man in Cal’s football history was flattered to learn a fellow unemployed head coach was recruiting him through Rodgers, the Green Bay Packers quarterback whom Tedford once lured to Berkeley.

“I got a text last fall from Aaron, who said, ‘Lovie Smith is going to be calling you,’ ” Tedford told USA TODAY Sports. “Then Lovie asked, ‘Can you come here to Chicago in a few days?’ “

Done deal.

From there, Tedford spent the better part of the week in Lovie’s famed suburban Chicago basement to talk Xs and Os, and Lovie found a kindred spirit who was an offensive wizard and quarterback guru.

This also goes to show the respect that even Lovie’s rivals have for him. A Packers star quarterback helping out a (former) Bears coach? Word of this must have had Bears and Packers fans spilling their Old Styles and Leinenkugels, respectively.

It’s hard to believe that a quarterback of a rival would reach out to help a former bitter foe. If nothing else, that is what sticks out for Joe from this story.

And, yes, if the Bucs return to the playoffs, perhaps it will be time to thank Rodgers by eating a healthy chunk of cheese and choking down a pilsner beer (yuck!).

16 Responses to “Aaron Rodgers Played Bucs Matchmaker”

  1. T-DUB Says:


    and a big thanks to Aaron Rogers. Lets see if we can execute tonight and shake that rust off!

  2. Eric Says:

    Great story.

    In addition to the point about the respect players have for Lovie it also tells me Lovie wants offense.

    That and drafting only offensive players.

  3. biff barker Says:

    I hope the honeymoon turns into a lasting romance.

  4. BucBob1 Says:

    If Aaron Rogers ever gets tired of Green Bay, the door he opened up, by putting these two coaches together, may translate into a lucrative free agent contract offer, from the Buccaneers, someday. Wishful thinking, but who knows?

  5. OB Says:


    If this works the way we all hope it does, it will be weird to see Roger’s number on the Ring of Honor.

  6. BucBob1 Says:

    When I read all the disgruntled posts about Lovie not liking offense, It just makes me laugh.

  7. Dooley Says:

    Glad Tedford took Lovie up on his offer rather than saying yes to Lame Kiffin’s offer as an offensive advisor at USC last fall.

  8. Brian Says:

    See you in Week 16!

  9. BigMacAttack Says:

    Rivals on field and friends off is a good policy. Guys like Dwew Bwees who call out others like he called out the Hawk are fools. Leave it on the field, all of it and show some class like AR. Richard Sherman is another one, great player but big mouth and zero class. Players like GMC do their talking on the field with their play. When you are elite, you should act as such, Dwew Whinebag.

  10. The Fuzzy Red Coin Purse Says:

    What does everyone think about us luring Rodgers here to reunite with Tedford when his contract is up? That would be the best present Santa could ever give a Bucs fan. We can only hope and wish. “Reunited and it feels so good”…..

  11. Broy3434 Says:

    Never. Gnna. Happen. We are talking about a man that sent Favre packing. Don’t tell me Favre was done(had his best season two years late in Minn under unemployed Childress. Green Bay doesn’t let All Pro players walk. Never have never will

  12. Cannon Says:

    Lol… Rodgers will never leave Green Bay.

    Nice pipe dream, but come on… does anyone really think that GB will let Rodgers walk?


  13. Pat Says:

    cute story but unlike you, joe, being a fan, players and coaches don’t give a crap about rivalry within divisions and conferences. you should know that.

  14. Orca Says:

    Old news, recycled.

  15. feelthepewterpower Says:

    No, caddy wasn’t a bad pick, we just ran him into the ground…as Schiano tried to do with Mr. Martin!

  16. biggun Says:

    Maybe it’s a way of saying thanks for the Super bowl ring when got that s**t offensive call against us. Just maybe.