Many assumed the drama of last season ended when Lovie Smith was hired after Greg Schiano was let go by the Glazer family following a 4-12 2013 season.
Unfortunately Tampa Bay’s string of bad luck, and black cloud, appears to have followed the team into 2014 now with the news offensive Jeff Tedford is taking a leave of absence to deal with his health situation that started back in the preseason.
The news was first reported by Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network and then confirmed by PewterReport.com.
Tedford had multiple stents put in his heart to address a blockage following the Week 3 preseason game at Buffalo and while he has been in the building on and off, the situation has not fully corrected the condition apparently.
There is no set timetable for his return.
QB coach Marcus Arroyo has served as the team’s primary play-caller through three weeks with poor results. Tampa Bay’s offense is currently ranked 30th in the NFL averaging just 271 yards per game and only ahead of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders. The passing offense is 32nd in the league currently, averaging just 163 yards a game.
It appears Mike Glennon will get a shot to help turn things around as starter Josh McCown suffered a sprained thumb in Tampa Bay’s 56-14 loss to the Falcons on Thursday night. The Bucs travel to Pittsburgh on Sunday to face the Steelers who are coming off a 37-19 road win against the Carolina Panthers.
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No OC, no QB, no pass rush = Top 5 pick.
Top 3, if not #1 pick. Mariota here we come!
This team is in the deepest form of dooky imaginable. Licht, where is the exorcist I requested last Friday? I’m upping my contribution towards hiring one from $10 to $20.
Not having Tedford leading the offense and calling plays is having negative effects on the offense.
This season is doomed. Most of the stars injured, has been (or never was) quarterback, no offensive coordinator, failed head coach as defensive coordinator, Tampa 2 is dead but Lovie doesn’t know it…..confirms my initial trepidation when low key Lovie was hired.
I posted this Monday when Tedford did not show for practice.
I don’t portend to know what his condition is, but when his absence starts to materially affect the Buc’s offensive effectiveness, other alternatives must be considered.
With all due respect and empathy, Jeff Tedford should be given the appropriate time to recover from whatever condition he has. If his recovery is extended or is subject to relapses or secondary side effects, He should be given the old Jimmy Raye title of SR. Offensive Assistant and have him mentor a new young OC who comes from a system similar to what Tedford wants to do here at the Bucs.
Scott Frost is a young successful OC at Oregon who plays the style of offense that resembles what I can make of the new Bucs offense. He is also a former Buc from the Gruden era and a Chip kelly protege. He is ready to move to the next level and would make the perfect student for Tedford and could bring that Oregon high octane offense to the Bucs.
Especially if we bring the QB with him.
The good news, J ville drafted Bortles, so did some other bad teams, we should have our pick of the top Q.B.’s in the draft. Mac, Arroyo is a Tedford protege, I’m afraid we’re stuck with him unless Lovie gives the play calling to another assistant. Either way, it’s to late to change the scheme.
And we thought having Mike Shula as OC was a problem. Too late to do anything now. And once again we have the dead last passing attack.Hmmmmmmmm, now why is that? Been behind on the scoreboard in each of the three games but still afraid to pass the ball. Like, our personnel staff has concluded with many of the rostered players; the QB position is well………..not a strength. Lose a lotta for Mariotta?
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