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    • Skull and Bones

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      Early coaching careerAfter retiring as a player, Tedford became a volunteer assistant coach at Fresno State (1987–1988) under his former coach Jim Sweeney. He then coached as an offensive assistant for the Calgary Stampeders in the CFL (1989–1991); returned to Fresno State as quarterback coach (1992); was promoted to offensive coordinator at Fresno State (1993–1997); and worked as offensive coordinator at the University of Oregon (1998–2001). During his time at Oregon, the Ducks notched a Pac-10-best record of 38–10 while finishing progressively better each year (8–4 in 1998, 9–3 in 1999, 10–2 in 2000 and 11–1 in 2001).[5]While at Fresno State, he was instrumental in developing many players whom went onto the NFL: QB Trent Dilfer (1992-1993), QB Billy Volek (1997), RB Ron Rivers (1993), RB Reggie Brown (1994-1995), RB Michael Pittman (1993-1997), and WR Charlie Jones (1993-1995).CalAfter previous Cal coach Tom Holmoe resigned from his post amid a 1–10 season in 2001, worst in Cal's history, then athletic director Steve Gladstone hired Tedford to become Cal's 32nd head football coach. Tedford inherited a program that had not had a winning season since 1993 and had only won 29 games on the field since then, including only 18 wins in Pac-10 play.During his time at Cal, Tedford has become known for his work ethic, often working late hours in his office and sleeping on an air mattress.[6] In evidence of his turnaround of the Cal program, season ticket sales jumped from 16,200 in 2002 to 41,336 in 2007, setting new records each year from 2004 through 2007.[7]In Tedford's first season (2002), he led the Golden Bears to a 7–5 record, their first winning football season since 1993, the nation's biggest turnaround of the year, and was named Pac-10 coach of the year. The Bears ended a 19-game losing streak to Washington and a seven-game losing streak to arch rival Stanford in the Big Game. Despite their resurgence, the Bears didn't go to a bowl due to NCAA sanctions for academic fraud that were handed down shortly before Tedford took over.[8] After the season, Tedford signed a five-year contract through 2007 to replace his original four-year contract, which ran through 2005.[9]In the 2003 season, Tedford's record of 8–6 included the upset of eventual national co-champion University of Southern California in triple overtime, as well as a 52–49 shootout victory against Virginia Tech in the 2003 Insight Bowl. The Bears won 5 of their last 6 games.Tedford accepts the 2006 Holiday Bowl trophyIn the 2004 football season, the Bears finished with a No. 9 national ranking in both the AP Poll and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll with a 10–2 record, losing to Texas Tech in the Holiday Bowl. Tedford was named Pac-10 coach of the year for a second time. The team was undefeated at home, notched the fifth 10-win season in school history (and first since 1949). Since Pac-10 champion USC had earned a berth in the BCS national title game, it initially looked like the Bears, as runners-up, had the inside track to the Pac-10's berth in the Rose Bowl—which would have been their first appearance in that game since 1960. However, after a less than impressive 26–16 victory over 24-point underdog Southern Miss,[10] Texas received enough votes to edge past Cal in the final BCS standings, giving them a berth in the Rose Bowl.Following the regular season, Tedford signed an extension of his contract through 2009, which nearly doubled his base salary to $1.5 million per year; in the deal he also had the pay of his assistant coaches raised significantly.[11]Tedford (center) at the 2008 Big GameIn 2005, the Bears finished with a No. 25 national ranking in both the AP Poll and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll with an 8–4 record. Cal rose as high as No. 10 in the AP Poll and No. 9 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll in week 6 before losing to UCLA 47–40. They beat BYU in the Las Vegas Bowl, 35–28.In 2006, the Bears recorded an eight-game win-streak, including five straight games scoring 40 or more points, rising as high as No. 8 in the AP poll, and remaining undefeated at home. The Bears finished the season with a 45–10 Holiday Bowl victory over Texas A&M, a No. 14 ranking, and an overall 10–3 record. The Bears were also co-champions of the Pac-10 for the first time since 1975. Following the season, Tedford signed a contract extension through 2013, which raised his base salary to $1.8 million per year and included significant performance and retention bonuses.[12]The 2007 campaign saw the Bears jump out to a 5–0 start and a No. 2 national ranking, Cal's highest since 1951.[13] Set to move to No. 1 after LSU lost, Cal instead lost when freshman quarterback Kevin Riley—playing for the injured Nate Longshore—failed to get out of bounds for a game-tying field goal and time expired in a 31–28 home loss to Oregon State.[14] This began a streak of losses in six of the seven final regular season games, including Tedford's first losses as head coach to Washington and Stanford to end the regular season. During the losing streak, Tedford's play-calling was the subject of criticism.[15][16] Nevertheless, Cal was invited to a fifth straight bowl game for the first time in program history. Cal defeated Air Force 42–36 in the 2007 Armed Forces Bowl, giving Tedford and Cal a sixth-straight winning season.Tedford declared there would be open competition for all positions on the team in 2008.[17] In early January, Tedford reorganized his coaching staff, most notably hiring Frank Cignetti as his offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Tedford said he would give some of the play calling responsibility to Cignetti so he could spend more time with special teams and defensive players.[18] He named Kevin Riley his starter for the opening game of the 2008 season, but inconsistent play and injury to Riley led him to vacillate between Riley and senior Nate Longshore as the starter for parts of the season. However, with a much improved defense in place, Tedford led the Bears to a 9–4 overall record and a perfect 7–0 record at home. Cal accepted an invitation to play in the 2008 Emerald Bowl, the program's sixth-straight bowl appearance, where they defeated Miami, 24–17. After the season, Tedford agreed to a two-year contract extension through 2015.[19]In 2009, the Bears went 8–5 and earned an invitation to the 2009 Poinsettia Bowl, which they lost to Utah, snapping a four game bowl winning streak that dated back to 2004. The team also did not produce a 1,000 yard rusher for the first time since 2002.The 2010 season saw Tedford surpass the legendary Pappy Waldorf to become the Cal head coach with the most career victories with a victory over UC Davis in the first game of the 2010 season. Despite early successes however, the team had an inconsistent season. The Bears had only one road victory, lost the Stanford Axe to archrival Stanford in a 48–14 blowout, and ended the season with a three-game losing streak to finish 5–7, Tedford's first losing season and the team's first losing season since 2001.[20] Cal was ranked only once during the season with a No. 24 spot in the Coaches' Poll. One bright spot for the season was running back Shane Vereen going over the 1,000 rushing yard mark, as he finished with 1,167 yards.Tedford became Cal's all-time leader in victories with the third win of the 2011 season to surpass Andy Smith with 75 wins. The 2011 team improved to a 7–5 season record, and again produced a 1,000 yard rusher (Isi Sofele). However, 2012 was again a losing season, with the team finishing with a 3–9 record.[21] They lost to Stanford for the third straight season. Cal finished the final two games of the season with the worst losses of Tedford's career — a 59–17 home loss to Oregon followed by a 62–14 road loss against Oregon State. A few days after the final game of the season, Tedford was fired as head coach, but was owed $6.9 million over the remaining three years of his contract. The Golden Bears were only 2–5 at home at Memorial Stadium, which reopened that season after a $321 million renovation.[14] In his final three seasons, he was 15–22, including 9–18 in conference games and 0–3 vs. Stanford. Since the loss of the 2007 game to Oregon State, Tedford was 34–37.[22] In a letter to donors, Cal athletic director Sandy Barbour called a "great concern" the 48 percent graduation rate of football players at Cal who entered the school between 2002 and 2005; the rate was the lowest in the Pac-12.[14]Tedford left Cal with the most bowl wins (5), conference wins (50), and games coached (139) in the school's history. He also tied Pappy Waldorf for most Big Game wins (7) against Stanford. During his tenure, Cal produced 40 players drafted by the NFL, including eight first-round picks.[14]Tedford's quarterbacksTedford is known as a groomer of quarterbacks.[14] Two of his pupils have achieved the highest success in the NFL: Super Bowl champions Trent Dilfer and Aaron Rodgers. Dilfer won Super Bowl XXXV with the Baltimore Ravens. Rodgers passed for over 4,000 yards in his first two full-time seasons after waiting on the bench behind Brett Favre for three seasons and led the Green Bay Packers to a championship in Super Bowl XLV. Rodgers was selected to his first Pro Bowl in 2009.Joey Harrington, Akili Smith, David Carr, and Kyle Boller also had outstanding college careers and were first round picks in the NFL draft. However, Tedford failed to develop a star quarterback at Cal after Rodgers left following the 2004 season.[14]Tedford coached each of the following first round NFL draft picks at the quarterback position:Fresno StateTrent Dilfer 6th overall 1994, Tampa Bay BuccaneersDavid Carr 1st overall 2002, Houston TexansOregonAkili Smith 3rd overall 1999, Cincinnati BengalsJoey Harrington 3rd overall 2002, Detroit LionsCaliforniaKyle Boller 19th overall 2003, Baltimore RavensAaron Rodgers 24th overall 2005, Green Bay PackersTedford also coached Billy Volek, a backup quarterback for the San Diego Chargers, and A.J. Feeley, a backup quarterback for the St. Louis Rams.Tedford's running backsRon Gould, the sole assistant coach to stay from previous head coach Tom Holmoe, in October 2008Though known primarily for his quarterbacks, Tedford, along with running backs coach Ron Gould, produced eight 1000-yard rushers during his tenure at Cal.[23][24]2002: Joe Igber (1,130 yards)2003: Adimchinobi Echemandu (1,195 yards)2004: J. J. Arrington (2,018 yards)2005: Marshawn Lynch (1,246 yards)2006: Marshawn Lynch (1,356 yards)2007: Justin Forsett (1,546 yards)2008: Jahvid Best (1,580 yards)2010: Shane Vereen (1,167 yards)2011: Isi Sofele (1,322 yards)

    • Anonymous

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      Hold the ball by your earhole son!

    • Anonymous

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      TLDRAll I gotta say is. He better bring a very fast past offense. Spread them out.

    • Anonymous

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      Did we hire him or something?

    • Anonymous

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      He’s supposedly on board with Lovie.  If we hire Lovie, which is a strong possibility then he would most likely be our OC.

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      Likes this.

    • Anonymous

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      This whole Tedford thing stinks of Lovie Smith, through intermediaries, doling out demands to any future employer. People forget Tedford QB - while prolific in college - were looked down upon after so many busts. Then no pro experience... I wouldn't be pumped to see this without some serious convincing.

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      I’m ok with a coordinator coming from the college ranks.  Just not the HC.  Most of Hatbaugh’s staff in SF came from college. 

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      If Tedford is the OC that almost guarantees Carr being our #1 pick.  :-

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      If Tedford is the OC that almost guarantees Carr being our #1 pick.  :-

      That's if Carr doesn't go in the top 5 which he is surely to be expected to go.

    • Anonymous

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      Since most NFL teams don’t let their staffs take promotions on other teams anymore you either draw from the college ranks or you hire the Greg Olsens of the NFL.  I’ll take the former.

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      Why would Carr be guaranteed?  I’m confused.  The one thing I like about Tedford is that he’s known as a good groomer and builder when it comes to QBs.  However, wasn’t one of Cal’s knocks that they had decent talent, but poor play calling?  I could be mistaken about that, but Tedford would worry me a bit as an OC.

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      Why would Carr be guaranteed?  I'm confused.  The one thing I like about Tedford is that he's known as a good groomer and builder when it comes to QBs.  However, wasn't one of Cal's knocks that they had decent talent, but poor play calling?  I could be mistaken about that, but Tedford would worry me a bit as an OC.

      His QBs mechanics SUCK. I'm guessing he made the Carr connection since he coaches his brother at Fresno St.

    • Anonymous

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      Plus he played at Fresno State himself.  I wouldn’t read too much into it though.  That wouldn’t be his call.

    • Anonymous

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      His QB are notoriously mechanical. Rodgers is the outlier.

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      Why would Carr be guaranteed?  I'm confused.  The one thing I like about Tedford is that he's known as a good groomer and builder when it comes to QBs.  However, wasn't one of Cal's knocks that they had decent talent, but poor play calling?  I could be mistaken about that, but Tedford would worry me a bit as an OC.

      His QBs mechanics SUCK. I'm guessing he made the Carr connection since he coaches his brother at Fresno St.

      his footwork is his biggest con from what I read.  Throwing mechanics are good.  Very quick release.

    • Anonymous

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      Worth noting Tedford was on the outer radar for NFL head coaching jobs in the early 2000s. I know Al Davis interviewed him at least once and am pretty sure he interviewed with the Bears (ironically for the job Lovie Smith got).

    • Anonymous

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      Good read- thanks for taking the time to put this up.

    • Anonymous

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      Tedfords  QBs are notoriously unable to succeed in the NFL.  That concerns me only because of his input to the choice of the new QB. 

    • Anonymous

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      Except for that guy in GB who is one of the top 4 QBs in the league. And if you want to get technical, two of his college QBs have won Super Bowls as the starting QB.  Name another college coach that can claim that.

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      Is it notorious?  Dilfer and Rodgers succeeded, I think you could make the case that Carr was (relatively) a success just as an individual.  Obviously Harrington and Boller sucked.  Granted, not the best list, but I think saying he’s notorious for having bad QBs is a bit incorrect.

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      Tedfords  QBs are notoriously unable to succeed in the NFL.  That concerns me only because of his input to the choice of the new QB.

      maybe that is a sign of his coaching talent? He got a lot out of the guys in college?

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      His QB are notoriously mechanical. Rodgers is the outlier.

      His QB's aren't that good is why. He teaches them to be robots to get something from them. His offense was also notorious for only reading half the field because the dimbulbs he had weren't that good. Now, you see that as bad but to me that is what a good coach does -- coach up inferior talent.

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      Do the math.  Lots of fail in the NFL.  Rodgers being the exception.  Dilfer was a game manager with an incredible defense.I am not saying he would be a bad OC...tedford has been talked about on this board for years.

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      He put 8 QB’s inot the pros (lists leave out guys who were never starters like Volek) and also 5 running backs – Vereen, Lynch, Best for example. He isn’t just an aerial show those Cal teams ran a lot and well.

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      http://www.calbears.com/SportSelect.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=30100&SPID=126513&SPSID=749427Tedford was a really good coach, runs a solid system and always had a high scoring offense. Look at Cal without him. Their only win this past season was at home against a 1-AA by 7 points.

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      His QB are notoriously mechanical. Rodgers is the outlier.

      His QB's aren't that good is why. He teaches them to be robots to get something from them. His offense was also notorious for only reading half the field because the dimbulbs he had weren't that good. Now, you see that as bad but to me that is what a good coach does -- coach up inferior talent.

      yup.god forbid we bring an OC who's former players fail once they leave his team

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      Doesn’t have NFL play-calling experience but neither did Jay Gruden. And he’s easily a top 3 OC in the NFL. I would roll the die with Jeff Tedford b/c we’ve seen him utilize play-maker after play-maker that stepped through the doors at Cal. DeSean Jackson, Lynch, Forestt, Best, etc…Carr would most likely be our pick at #7 if he falls past Cleveland.

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      I think the Carr connection is a reeeeeal stretch.  He might be the best available on the board, in which case he’d be drafted, but just because he coached his brother doesn’t mean he likes Derek at all.  For all we know, he didn’t like David that much.  Hell, Doug Marone had multiple chances to draft Ryan Nassib and decided to draft EJ Manuel instead.

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      I have no problem with the OC not having NFL experience as long as the HC does and Lovie has plenty.

    • Anonymous

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      Because most of his QB’s failed that means he can’t call an offense? That makes zero sense. Name a Chip Kelly QB that succeeded in the NFL.

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      This whole Tedford thing stinks of Lovie Smith, through intermediaries, doling out demands to any future employer. People forget Tedford QB - while prolific in college - were looked down upon after so many busts.

      You mean like Aaron Rodgers ??

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      Hopefully Tedford will bring a fast paced spread O here. I think Glennon would be okay in that. Though its likely Lovie drafts his own QB. 

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      I’m not sold on Tedford, but I have to be honest, up until today all my knowledge of the guy could be summed up with the words “don’t draft one of his QBs”

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      I'm not sold on Tedford, but I have to be honest, up until today all my knowledge of the guy could be summed up with the words "don't draft one of his QBs"

      He is an out of left field guy but at least he's not a Ron Turner type guy that Lovie is gonna drag along. Whatever Tedford might be the pros his name being dropped at least shows Lovie's heart is in the right place in terms of reforming.