Offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford underwent a surgical procedure last week according to head coach Lovie Smith, but his timetable for a return is still unknown. Smith told the media on Monday that Tedford is improving and Tampa Bay has a plan to deal with any time he misses.
The mystery cause of Bucs offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford’s health problem that caused him to need a “surgical procedure” last week has yet to be answered, but the good news is whatever the ailment, it is improving. Enough so that Tedford was in the building at One Buc Place over the weekend.
However, head coach Lovie Smith told the media on Monday that there is still no timetable for Tedford’s return, and it is possible that he could miss the season opener on Sunday against the Panthers.
“Couple of things going on: of course a lot of you and a lot of people have asked about Jeff Tedford and how he’s doing,” Smith said. “He’s getting better [and he] stopped through this weekend. We’re taking our time with him. Again, he’s getting better each day. When he’ll be back here full-time, I don’t know. When he’ll be available full-time, whether he’ll be able to go this week for the game and all those questions, we don’t have answered right now. Just know he’s getting better and we’ll see how that all plays out. In the meantime, the rest of our offensive staff will pick up for Jeff similar to how we did the last week, with all of the guys really kind of pitching in.”
Smith said the Bucs do have a contingency plan but wasn’t ready to reveal exactly what it is, or who specifically would call plays on Sunday.
“Keep in mind right now, I’m going to give very little information from here on out,” Smith said. “We’re [in] game week. Anything we say, someone is listening. We’re going to show up, we’ll have someone calling plays, we feel good about that person calling plays. So I can hit you with that.
“It’s important, but for all of the staff. Can’t put too much on just one person. I’m talking about a coordinator. It’s a group effort that we have. Of course Quinn [Tedford] and Marcus [QB coach Arroyo] and [assistant offensive line coach] Matt Wiegand of course know a lot more about that offense, but it’s really our offense now. And all of the coaches have really been there from day one installing it with our players. So things have been going as smoothly as they could without Jeff being here right now.”
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