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January 4, 2014 @ 11:23 am
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Bucs Name Tedford As Offensive Coordinator

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The Buccaneers are wasting no time in putting their staff together under new head coach Lovie Smith, officially announcing Jeff Tedford as their new offensive coordinator on Saturday.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced on Saturday that they have named Jeff Tedford as offensive coordinator.
 
Tedford joins the Buccaneers after serving as the University of California head coach for 11 seasons (2002-12), during which time he was the two-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year (2002, 2004) and led the Golden Bears to a share of the 2006 Pac-10 Championship, the school’s first since 1975. The winningest coach in Cal history, Tedford guided the team to a school-record seven consecutive bowl appearances from 2003-09 while making the Bears bowl eligible in nine of his 11 seasons, amassing a final record of 82-57 (.590).
 
“We are very fortunate to have Jeff as our offensive coordinator,” said Buccaneers Head Coach Lovie Smith. “I have a great deal of respect for the job Jeff did at Cal for more than a decade and I believe he will be a great fit for what we are attempting to do in Tampa. Jeff has a successful and proven track record as a teacher and developer of young talent and I know our players, and the organization as a whole, will benefit from his experience.”
 
When Tedford took over at Cal, the school had not had a winning program since 1993 and had won just 29 games over a nine-year span (1993-2001). Tedford left the school with the most victories (82), bowl wins (five) and conference wins (50) in school history.
 
Under Tedford’s watch, Cal produced 40 NFL draft picks, with eight first-round selections. Notable players include running back Marshawn Lynch, center Alex Mack quarterback Aaron Rodgers and wide receiver Desean Jackson. Tedford, a noted quarterback specialist, helped develop six quarterbacks who would be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft.
 
Prior to his time at Cal, Tedford worked as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Oregon (1998-2001), helping the Ducks finish the 2001 campaign with a No. 2 national ranking. During his four years in Eugene, Oregon went 38-10, the best record in the Pac-10. During his first season as offensive coordinator, Oregon set then-school records in passing yards, total offense and points scored.
 
Tedford’s coaching career began with two seasons as a volunteer assistant at Fresno State (1987-88) before joining the Calgary Stampeders, where he worked as an offensive assistant (1989-91), including helping lead the 1991 squad to the Grey Cup.
 
Tedford returned to Fresno State in 1992, working as the quarterbacks coach, before adding offensive coordinator duties, a position he held from 1993-1997. While at Fresno State, Tedford helped tutor quarterback Trent Dilfer, who won the WAC Offensive Player of the Year award and was a first-round selection of the Buccaneers in 1994.
 
Tedford was a quarterback at Cerritos College, where he played for two seasons before transferring to Fresno State. While with the Bulldogs, Tedford set school records for passing yards (4,872) and passing touchdowns (35). Tedford spent six years as a quarterback in the CFL before beginning his coaching career.
 
Tedford and his wife Donna have two sons, Taylor and Quinn.

On Friday night ESPN reported that Leslie Frazier would be hired as the team's defensive coordinator after it was thought the Dallas Cowboys would not release defensive line coach from his contract with the team. Chris Ballard is still thought to be the Bucs top choice for the general manager role. Ballard spent 12 seasons in Chicago's front office, and last season with the Kansas City Chiefs.

For more information on Tedford and what he brings to the Buccaneers, read Scott Reynolds story from earlier this week.

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    Great selection on this hired-I hope the bucs would draft the CFL QB in mid-1st round. I believe Tampa could moved down and pick up a 3 and a 5 . I think the Browns would be a team with two picks in the 3 and 1.Go bucs
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    Thank God Schiano is gone. The new coaching staff brings hope!
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    Another college coach coming to the NFL with no big league experience and the HC being a defensive guy. And, I believe, this OC's QB coach is also college-built. May not be a problem but would hate to hear, "... it will take a year or two for these guys to learn the pro game," the next couple years. Go Bucs!
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    I like the hire. Go Bucs!
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    Wow. Bucs really impressing so soon after season disaster. I am amazed.
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    A great choice for offensive coach-GO BUCS
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    Glennon will have the play book tomorrow, he'll be four months,and some OTA's ahead of anyone we draft. The free agent pool is weak. My guess is he's going to at least start the season. The best way to get better is some free agent veteran offensive linemen. Our O line sucks, save for Dotson. Moving Dotson to L.T. could solve some problems for us. Get rid of Nicks, Penn,Joseph take a pay cut. Zuttah could start at center,but I'd rather see him as our back up guard, center. Up grade this O line with F.A., we have the cash, and draft one, or two. Solidify the line, get some speed at receiver, and another good tight end, then Tedford let's see what you can do.
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    Well, let's just say this, it could not be worse than last year's.
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    Wecome aboard Jeff! Lovie's staff is coming together quickly. Here's what I've heard - Marcus Aroyo/QBs, Kevin O'Dea/STs, Tim Spencer/RBs (sorry no Earnest Byner part deaux).
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    While not as excited as I would be if Roman was our HC/OC, ted at least bases his spread passing attacks off of a power run game, so it seems as though we get to keep our power run game and expand/modernize the passing game. Sounds like the ideal way to integrate modern offense while still relaying on team strength of power football. Ingenuity is what I wanted and this certainly fits. Ted is also really good at working with young talent so we might be drafting a QB to compete with beeker. No matter what, I think it's always a good idea to draft a qb every year to provide competition and cya or best case get a draft pick for the qb you don't want to keep
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    Tedford seems to me to be a good choice. He is a very solid coach and has many players in the NFL; I do not see any serious issues here. We are getting solid coaches and I am very happy about that.
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    I think the first question that needs to be answered is how was he at protecting his QBs.All Nfl schemes must have an emphasis on QB protection this is totally different than many college approaches where you can get away with sneaking an extra guy here an extra guy there into the route, letting the QBs skill set or Defenses lack there allow for additional receivers.Steve Spurriers offense could not work in the NFL.Mike Martz got away with it for a while due to the skill set between K Warner and M Faulk but proved brutally unsuccessful without those two. Just ask Jay Cutler!!! If his sack per pass attempt is below the PAC 10 avg you may have something ,if it is higher the transition is gonna probably be rough.
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