Jeff Tedford May Have A Job

December 12th, 2014
New gig already?

New gig already?

One reason Tampa Bay let former offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford out of his contract — aside from the fact, you know, he had heart problems — is to allow Tedford to pursue other football opportunities.

It appears that may be about to happen. Per Arash Madani of, Canada’s version of FOX Sports, Tedford is the leading candidate to become the new head coach of the B.C. Lions of the CFL.

League sources tell Sportsnet that the Lions are leaning toward hiring Jeff Tedford, the former CFL quarterback who groomed Aaron Rodgers in college while head coach of the California Golden Bears, as the next head coach of the Lions.

The 53-year-old Tedford worked with, and for, Buono on the Calgary Stampeders coaching staff between 1989 and 1991 when he was entering the coaching ranks.

Well, first off, Joe is happy Tedford apparently is feeling healthy enough to take over a professional football program. That’s a good sign. First and foremost, Joe wishes Tedford to be healthy and active.

Now the next question is, would Tedford, after what he has witnessed in Tampa Bay, be inclined to take Marcus Arroyo with him?

64 Responses to “Jeff Tedford May Have A Job”

  1. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Good for You Coach-Wish You & Your family the best.

  2. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Someone asked Marcus Arroyo

    Eh what’s the difference between a Canadian and the 2015 Buccaneers Offense?

    Arroyo responded:

    “Nothing, they’re both fictional characters”

  3. SteveK Says:

    If Tedford is healthy enough to return, why not with the a Bucs? I don’t get it. Why wouldn’t L & L want him back in the fold?

  4. "TheKevin" Says:

    Screw this guy. Why are you letting him off the hook.

    He ran from his job citing health problems and now he’s gonna take over a whole team?


    Quit wishing this guy luck and happiness.

    He quit!! He’s a quitter. Plain and simple.

  5. Cmon Man! Says:

    Kinda makes you wonder just how sick Tedford really was. Hmmmm

  6. Joe Says:

    Interesting in that coaching in the CFL is not nearly as demanding as the NFL. Not saying it’s not serious work, but it’s not the same commitment level.

  7. "TheKevin" Says:

    I hope the quitter fails miserably!

  8. MariotaOrWinstonOrWalkdaPlank Says:

    No question he quit on this team. I’d usually be upset at some BS like that, but after seeing this offense, this team, and the direction it was going, who the hell can blame the guy?

    12 men on the field? Terrible personnel decisions? Hell, not even good clock management?

    Couldn’t wait to punch his ticket out of this town.

  9. The_Buc_Realist Says:

    Seems like Tedford just pulled a Meyer move!

  10. The_Buc_Realist Says:

    I wonder if they will keep his offense a secret until opening day. That was the biggest joke of all time! I wonder why all these reporters who were sworn to secrecy to not revel this revolutionary offenses secrets, has not said a word about all this since?

  11. Paul Says:

    Glad his heart went out before we found out he has no integrity. Glad he didn’t last through next year and put us in a bind next year with this man of low character.

  12. BucFanForever Says:

    the offense is still a secret, I sure haven’t seen it

  13. bucs4lyfe Says:

    if these guys built up a relationship then what happended in the short time they came to tampa? now this smells like a story joe…..actually this will be more like the josh freeman story where no one will ever really get the whole truth

  14. meh Says:

    I hope he loses every single game.

  15. MTM Says:

    How very Urban Meyer of Tedford. To ill to coach the Bucs offense but healthy enough to be a HC in Canada. Lets stop acting like he’s not a D-bag at this point.

  16. The_Buc_Realist Says:


    maybe we should ask Boomer Easison! He is the only reporter who really knows what happens in Tampa!

  17. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    Jeff Tedford = Bobby Petrino.

  18. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    We just don’t know the whole story…..and pobably never will……in the words of the announcers for Chi White Sox Baseball when a player strikes out…..
    “HE GONE”……

  19. tmaxcon Says:

    The Tedford disaster falls directly on Lovie. He most likely lied to Tedford during the hiring process. Lovie has been lying to himself and us fans all year.

    How would you react if your boss hired you, and you based you job acceptance on being able to run your offense then the delusional /stubborn headcoach handcuffed you. You’d be looking for a new job or would be back on the Obama free ride on your coach.

    All you people bashing Licht might want to take a look at the first place Cardinals. I’ll borrow words of that POS in the whitehouse, Licht helped build that.

    Lovie wanted and received full control therefore Lovie needs to accept and all FULL blame for this pathetic team and season.

  20. BoJim Says:

    Guess we’ll have to watch B.C. to see what our offense might have looked like.

  21. BucBob1 Says:

    The guy is a selfish weasel, and as a result, he hurt our team, greatly disappointed the fans, and the community in the process.

  22. JMN Says:

    Tedford did not want to put his name on this Bucs team which would in turn tarnish his image. He quit because he saw no hope for this offense in its current state and I don’t blame him honestly.

  23. Soggy Says:

    Looks like he did not like the lovie experiment

  24. flmike Says:

    3rd and goal from the 7 and we run….
    If I were Tedford, I would have ran too….

  25. ToesOnTheLine! Says:

    At least fans finally have an answer on what Tedford’s speed in space is….speed, getting the hell out of here ASAP, and space….putting as much distance between himself and Tampa (Vancouver is a lot of space away)

  26. ToesOnTheLine! Says:

    Maybe Tedford accidentally cussed once during a preseason game and got a stern scolding and a “no floppy hat for you!” from Lovie?

  27. OB Says:

    It is obvious that Lovie and Tedford had a falling out over who and how the offense was to be run. It probably caused the stress and the excuse to bail out on Lovie’s idea of offense. We have bailed out also based on Joe’s Confidence poll and of course, a glowing 2-11 record so far with maybe the worst QB in the league and we hope we can forget the OL.

  28. Architek Says:

    People are just flat out mean and wicked – why would you wish bad on Tedfrod?

    You’ve never coached and never had a heart condition and you don’t know his situation.

    My God man wishing he lose every game is just wicked.

  29. Harry Says:

    Joe, you totally nailed this one when you said in an earlier article that Tedford did not return to the Bucs because it was a no win situation. He could not possibly turn this hot mess around. And if he returned to his OC position, it would be a smudge on his resume.

    I would almost guarantee he hires Arroyo after he is fired by the Bucs. That would be Tedfords way of repayment for Arroyo taking the fall.

  30. Cannon Fire Says:

    Lovie and Tedford might have spent plenty of time in the basement together
    but Jason Licht sure didn’t. I think that Licht had a plan that Tedford was not on board with, so he quit. That sure would explain why the offense has looked so clumsy all year, as if they trained for a scheme and then were told they couldn’t use it. Every good GM knows that you need a big time Quarterback for ticket sales and job security and those don’t grow on trees, it takes a serious commitment to losing to get a QB like that. That would also explain the lying and the lack of effort. All makes sense to me.

  31. Justin Says:

    This Tedford situation stinks to the high heavens. Its bizarre like Freeman’s exit from Tampa. The fans will never know what really happened. And that’s not right.

    It is not as simple as Tedford just didnt want to return to the Bucs hot mess.

  32. Love and Warrick Dunn Says:

    Something smells.

  33. BoJim Says:

    Cannon Fire Said:

    I think that Licht had a plan that Tedford was not on board with, so he quit.

    Change Licht to Lovie and I’ll agree.

    Would love to know the real answer though. Much more than the Freeman ‘leak’.

  34. Gooberville Says:

    Joe the political correctness in your responses to Tedford’s health is annoying. The dude is a quiter and can’t believe anyone would hire the guy. After healthy why wouldn’t he come back to finish what he started? Him getting a pass just because he was unhealthy doesn’t fly. He’s a traitor and should be treated as such. He’s single handily is responsible for the Bucs losing season and I’m tired of people just letting it go.

  35. bucrightoff Says:

    Oh we know what happened with Freeman or at least strongly suspect. This one might be a bit more difficult to figure out. But obviously he was looking for an out and he got it. Why exactly is the question we all want to have answered. Not sure we will though.

  36. RealityCheck Says:

    Most people on these boards talk like they are sitting in the owners box at the Bucs game. You clowns have no idea what actually happened. Maybe he was healthy enough and used his sickness as an excuse to leave. Maybe L&L don’t want him anymore. Nobody knows. Stop being miserable humans and wishing that he fails and blah, blah. We’ll get someone who wants to be hear and who is wanted and we’ll build from there.

  37. ihateloviesmith Says:

    quit the team, bilked the glazers for most of his money knowing he was not going to return, yea I have to admit he is a clever biotch. them glazers are looking dumber and dumber as each season goes by. and I thought you were savy businessmen. ha ha ha ha ha

  38. David Says:

    “Oh we know what happened with Freeman or at least strongly suspect. This one might be a bit more difficult to figure out. But obviously he was looking for an out and he got it. Why exactly is the question we all want to have answered. Not sure we will though.”

    If you know, then u need to spill the beans…i think you’d probably be wrong but what they hay. It’ll probably be entertaining. But we can truly see what happened here. We got Meyered! Im not gonna go as far and wish ill will on this man. But he did not stand up and be accountable it seems. He’s supposedly healthy now, y not consult for our offense at the very least? After all this was HIS offense right?

  39. Robert 9 Says:

    i love this guy. good for him.

    this was the best thing he could have done. behind the scenes the powers that be know him coming back to work for lovie would have been the stupidest move he could have made. leaving here raised his stock.

    good for him. f off lovie

  40. ShutTheBucUp Says:

    Can’t help but feeling like we got screwed by this guy

  41. Name Required Says:

    This is like lamenting the loss of the Easter Bunny.

  42. Robert 9 Says:

    he was sold a bill of goods by lovie. if my new boss lied to me in the interviewing process i would be out the door as soon as possible.

    lovie has done nothing but lie, or at the very least be give BS answers to questions and do exactly the opposite of common sense.

    why would someone take lovies side when we’ve seen and heard his BS all year is beyond me.

    smart people make hard decisions quickly and stick by them-tedford

    stupid people make them slowly and are very hard to budge or change-lovie

  43. Bucnjim Says:

    This stinks of finding out the job was opening up after he signed with the Bucs. Then doing a con job of not coming back. Obviously the guy is completely healthy and could have at least made it back for the second half of the year. My guess is he’s been healthy for a while (He’s ONLY 53!) and chose not to instead of being a man about it.

  44. JonBuc Says:

    Bucs may want to avoid any more college offensive “gurus” named Jeff. Just sayin’…

  45. CAN'T FIX IT Says:


  46. Fort Myers Dave Says:

    Gooberville Says:
    December 12th, 2014 at 10:04 am
    Joe the political correctness in your responses to Tedford’s health is annoying. The dude is a quiter and can’t believe anyone would hire the guy. After healthy why wouldn’t he come back to finish what he started? Him getting a pass just because he was unhealthy doesn’t fly. He’s a traitor and should be treated as such. He’s single handily is responsible for the Bucs losing season and I’m tired of people just letting it go.

    Dude its the Canadian Football League. It would be like Joe Maddon quitting the Rays to go and coach in Korea or Mexico instead of the Cubs… Granted the guy is a quitter, he sandbagged the Bucs and I suspect he will fail in Canada…. But the probs with the Bucs extend to beyond the OC; its L&L who allowed this to happen and let Arroyo ground the offense. I am curious to see who the Glazers hold to task after the season ends….

  47. Buccfan37 Says:

    Tedford knew his plans for the Bucs offense sucked. Jeff Tedford, the man with the plan that never was.

  48. Zam Says:

    I’m sorry, I can’t feel good about this guy. He ruined the Bucs season, and before it’s even done, he has a new job.

    That’s disrespectful to the fans if nothing else. I’ll root against his little minor league team.

  49. BigMacAttack Says:

    I wish Tedford well. I don’t care what took place here after his health defection. I really don’t think his presence would have a difference one way or the other. This is the wrong time of year to bare hate and resentment. It’s too heavy of a burden to carry around. You can’t rewrite history, although textbook authors attempt to, so I’m moving on and hoping they can turn this around in a reasonable time period and not 3-5 more years. Either way, it is what it is. I don’t believe this team is good enough to win another game, especially being banged up to the extent that they are.

  50. BigMacAttack Says:

    Winston is not intelligent, makes bad decisions on a regular basis and throws too many interceptions for my liking. I would love to see the Bucs try to put a deal together with the Ain’ts to get Drew Brees here. I don’t think it will happen but if they are thinking of moving on from Brees, I think he still has a lot left in the tank if he has a good O line. Then the Bucs could trade down for moore picks and snag a couple good O Linemen and build the line. If they don’t do something drastic with this O line that they destroyed, nothing else matters, QB or otherwise. They will not win, period. Draft Offensive Line FTW.

  51. Barry Says:

    What’s not to get? Tedford didn’t have say in players he needed to run his offense . Tedford wanted full throttle , Dungy wanted , sorry, Smith wanted give me 14 points and protect the lead offense. Bucs just recently had 10point leads at half time, what Dungy do, sorry Smith do? Tried to protect the 10 instead of going for blood, going for the kill. Stop bitching about the offense, you wanted Dungy now you got him. Deal with it. Word to Licht, assert your dominance or be fired. You are the General manager, no?

  52. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    weird another flippin terrible personnel move by lovie that is weird i sure hope that isn’t an ongoing theme with lovie and licht

  53. tmaxcon Says:

    ZAM – you have it wrong the only person who let the bucs down and screwdriver up season and team is Lovie Smith. He has total control which results in total responsibility.

  54. OneMississippi Says:

    What a total piece of crap he is! Every other MAN in the world is ready to return to work 4 weeks after open heart surgery but this turd burglar can’t make it back after angioplasty or stent or whatever he had…He is not fit to return to the Box upstairs as OC, but fit enough to HC for some other team? Reminds me of a certain UF coach that left the team for heart health reasons, but finds the strength to HC for Ohio State. I called this in week 6 when he refused to return to the team. He does not want to be associated with this team.. O-Line, QB, HC, or GM period.

  55. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    Lot’s of great posts, in this thread so far. My favorite is “Jeff Tedford pulled an Urban Meyer”
    That was classic, and pretty much sums this loser up.

  56. Pierce Says:

    So let’s say Tedford was healthy at the beginning if the year. And let’s say he made our offense great. And let’s say this job came out and he took it. Where would that have left us next year? This is the problem when we have to depend on someone other than the head coach to devise a scheme that can overcome coaching turnovers.

  57. Connor Says:

    Hey Tedford, you can go $$*& yourself. “My heart is not healthy”…..lmao BS. Your ass should’ve been on the Bucs sideline to call plays asap. Bottomline you just quit on this team, collected your paycheck and are leaving to coach to coach somewhere else.


    Wow, I don’t know what to say about this. I guess the BUCS get screwed again,the funny thing will be if the lions offense does great things. Then we can officially bend over. Thanks for absolutely 100% nothing Jeff, good luck with your next club.

  59. Justin Says:

    LOL thanks for sticking around Tampa. The guy was 1-11 before he left Cal, so his only mark on his resume was that he coached Rodgers in the early 2000s. Good luck in Canada, good riddance.

  60. IdahoBucsfan Says:

    Another great “lovie” decision!

  61. Jim Says:

    This demands immediate explanations for season ticket holders who PAID BIG MONEY for this product EXPECTING Tedford to coach. WHY DID TEDFORD NOT RETURN?

  62. Jim Says:

    Wow, just wow. First Jeff Jagodzinski in 2009, now Jeff Tedford in 2014. This is ownership, not coaching or management! Too many failures over too many regimes to blame the employees. The owners should sell to a owner committed to winning.

  63. Kevin Schmidt Says:

    something stinks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It’s not Tedford…’s someone in the bucs front office. We had this guy and he left for a reason. Lovie wouldn’t invest so much into bringing him here and then just let him go with no explanation. This is BULL SH@#!!!

    I DO wish Tedford the best of Luck. I hope he shows the bucs how STUPID they are for letting him go for whatever the reason. I think it;s probably that Tedford was not given FULL control over the offense. Either way I am sick of this team. The rays are about to leave Tampa and the Bucs are next. Not for a long time but if things don’t change it’s going to happen. This sucks. Why??? Why do we have such a sorry ass town for sports. Except for lightning, ironically it’s a sport that was invented in the northern colder climates but the team is thriving down here.
    My nine year old nephew could run this team better. I’m going to be a packer fan until this team at least figures out how to finish a season .500

  64. White Tiger Says:

    While I think Joe’s last question was hilarious, in the way that brer rabbit asked not to be thrown into the briar patch…

    Here’s what I wonder, if Tedford is such a Jagodzinski…why is Detroit interested? …and if Tedford was going to coach again, why wouldn’t he do it here?

    Seems odd for someone whom Lovie apparently spent a year getting to know…and plotted their mutual return to the NFL together…why has the relationship cooled to the point where Tedford’s decided the grass is now greener in Detroit?

    Something’s fishy in Denmark…and Arroyo never crossed my mind.