Tedford Hire Expected This Week

December 17th, 2014


It’s somewhat ironic that Jeff Tedford is about to become head coach of the Candian Football Leagues’ B.C. Lions, per a report in The Province.

Is there a professional football team farther from Tampa on the North American mainland?

A story in The Province pegs dives into the activities of Tedford with his prospective new team and reports they expect him to be unveiled as head coach this week, assuming financial terms can be ironed out.

Tedford has ties to the team’s general manager, Wally Buono.

Tedford and Buono, meantime, go back several decades, having coached together for three seasons, starting in 1989 with the Calgary Stampeders. It was Tedford and Calgary coach John Hufnagel who devised the six-receiver offensive scheme which eventually became commonplace in three-down football.

Tedford may now soon get a chance to perfect the package. CKWX reported that he had dinner Sunday night with Buono and Lions defensive co-ordinator Mark Washington. Tedford met staffers at the team’s facility Monday, including U.S. scouting director Ryan Rigmaiden, prior to another dinner meeting with other assistant coaches.

As Joe’s written previously, Tedford jumping to the CFL, when he could work in college or the NFL, at least as a quarterbacks coach, is very telling.

A CFL gig is nowhere near as stressful as an NFL job. Coaches there just don’t put in the same number of hours year-round. The CFL season is longer than the NFL’s, but there’s much more down time in the offseason. Head coaches earn about 90 percent less than their NFL counterparts, and the majority of players earn less than ($75,000 Canadian).

It’ll be interesting to see what Tedford says publicly — or doesn’t say — about his time in Tampa.

22 Responses to “Tedford Hire Expected This Week”

  1. JoeJoes Fungi Nails Says:

    maybe he can hire Lovie

  2. LutzBuczFan Says:

    Jeff Jags, Jeff Tedford…..no more college offensive coordinators named Jeff please.

  3. DallasBuc Says:

    Oh, is CFL considered proffessional too? Is he going to run a speed in space offense there too? Good riddance

  4. bucrightoff Says:

    Actually you can run speed in space waaaay more in the CFL than the NFL. Slotbacks get running starts and the field is wider. Anyways Vancouver is a pretty awesome city to live in, plus I’m sure Tedford can relieve some stress with some BC Bud.

  5. Hawk Says:

    Of course he will spout all of the PC coach-speak about Lovie and his time in Tampa.
    What happened, in the end, we will likely never know. *My* guess is that by the time he was feeling good enough to go back to work, the season (in Lovie’s eyes) was lost. If Lovie allowed Tedford to take control, of the offense, and the Bucs still floundered, under McCown and this O-line, then Lovie would have no ‘excuse’ for the Glazers about this highly touted offense. By keeping Tedford ‘sick’ until it was way too late, Lovie has his MRSA/Freeman excuse. Being a first year HC, it might get him another year. He can argue that even with Tedford out, the Bucs were *this* close to winning 8 (or more) games and hoisting the division title.
    I wish Tedford well, but, IMO, he has already done very well… he’s out of this mess.

  6. Buc Neckid Says:

    What could have been…
    I remember Joe having a brief blurb when it was first heard that Tedford was going into the hospital for a “minor procedure”. Joe’s ears perked up and cautioned this could be something big to look out for.
    In my opinion, that “Minor Procedure” torpedoed this season.
    The loss of Tedford, The offensive Coordinator that the whole off-season and offensive focused draft was built upon is SO much more relevant than everybody seems to be giving it credit/blame for.
    Lovie entrusted that whole side of the team to Tedford.
    And as we all now see, it is the offense’s lack of production on ALL levels that is what is the cause of the demise of the 2014 BUC season.
    I have mixed opinions on his BC hire,
    as a human, I wish him well and good wishes for his new opportunity
    but as a BUCS Fan I curse him for abandoning the team and destroying the 2014 hopes and desires
    Yeah I know, it was an uncontrolled health issue,
    But damn! his loss really hurt the TEAM

  7. ufcguy Says:

    I don’t feel bad for him. Screw him! His health was a cover up for not wanting to do his job here. He and Smith obviously didn’t see the offense the same or lovie had his dirty hands in it. I hate him. He tanked our season and refused to come clean up his mess

  8. Zam Says:

    The honorable thing to do would have been to sit out for a year. He was paid lots of money for making a team way worse.

  9. flmike Says:

    Don’t know if anyone saw this, but the NFL is going to experiment with a wider field for the Pro Bowl…I’m guessing the next step is allowing Wideouts to run towards the line of scrimmage pre-snap…like it or not, we’re heading towards a 4 down 11 player version of the Canadian Football League…

  10. lightningbuc Says:

    B.C. Lions vs. TB Buccaneers – now that would probably be a competitive game.

  11. Hawk Says:

    @ ufcguy

    If Lovie and Tedford “didn’t see the offense the same”, then this mess was Lovie’s fault, not Tedford. It would have been Lovie’s RESPONSIBILITY to find out, during the interview process, ‘exactly’ what kind of offense Tedford had in mind. Lovie would need to know what kind of players/assistants would be needed to implement Tedford’s offense. Did Lovie have “his dirty hands in it”? Remember, he learned his ‘coaching’ skills from Dungy.

  12. ufcguy Says:

    The guy lies all the time! I mean who knows what he actually said to jeff. He probably promised to stay out of it. Did he see jeffs face in the booth turn bright red? That picture tells u all u need to know.

  13. The Buc Realist Says:

    In the “basement” Lovie gave Tedford a snow job! Then in Training camp Tedford saw lovie as he really was, and used the stint as a get out while he could, before lovie could ruin another OC reputation!!!

  14. tgreg Says:

    Again with he mysterious and much rumored Tedford offense

  15. ihateloviesmith Says:

    slimeball, duechbag, scumbag, lying guttermouth piece of trash, but one shrewd individual, old JT seen the writing on the wall, and decided to cut and run, but only after a 3rd and 10 drawplay he used on old stoneface, to collect his money, and stupid lovie and his genius defensive mind never seen it coming oh the inhumanity, the shame of it all, lying lovie out snookerd by ole JT. fu tedford and may you get frostbite on those dancing feet of yours!

  16. Maze Says:

    Screw Teddy and he deserves the terrible Lions team and their lame fans. Thanks Lovie for another misfire you dolt

  17. stratobuc Says:

    “Is there a professional football team farther from Tampa on the North American mainland?”

    Edmonton Eskimos

  18. JOHN Says:

    What is the reason why Tedford can coach elsewhere but his health didn’t allow him to coach with the Bucs. Fill me in on what I missed in this scenario.

  19. "TheKevin" Says:

    I hope this quitter fails and eats sh**t on the way down.

    Tucked his little tail between his legs and ran like a bi**h.

    F u tedford.


  20. sho nuff Says:

    yo bucs do us a solid and hire some freaking resolve…a grown man with a sac would be a start…
    is it me or does every fa and coach go limp the second they walk into 1 buc place…blah blah blah… bad toe, mursa, freaky bicep tears…coordinators that never called a play…seriously there is something to be said for wimpy leadeship…butch up glazer boys

  21. BucTrooper Says:

    F Tedford. Wuss. Hung a city out to dry because he can’t mix in some cardio with his Lipitor.

  22. BucBob1 Says:

    I have posted before, that I thought, that Jeff Tedford was a weasel for bowing out. After some time to think, I now realize that it was Lovie who drove him out. That brings another thought to mind, what other offensive coordinator, in his right mind, that we so desperately need, would want to come here, and work with Lovie?