For any fans still looking for the small chance offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford will return to the Bucs any time soon, Lovie Smith quickly shot that possibility down in his Monday press conference.

“We talked about and I told you the plan with Jeff – we’re moving on like he won’t be with us anymore and that will be the case,” Smith said. “Our offensive team has done [well]. The offensive production wasn’t good yesterday, but before that, in the previous two games, it’s been pretty good. We’re looking at all areas, but that probably won’t be one of them.”

Tedford suffered a health ailment during Week 3 of the preseason that required stents in his heart, and was scheduled to return to the team as the season began. But for undisclosed reasons Tedford was unable to rejoin the Buccaneers and has since been put on an extended leave from the team. Quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo has assumed play calling duties in the interim.

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macabee
macabee
6 years ago

If you listen carefully, Lovie is telling us that Tedford will not be back for whatever reasons!

pittbullbuc
pittbullbuc
6 years ago

So…Smith gets the owners to hire him w/Tedford to run the offense. We(the fans)get screwed. Great!

coach80m
coach80m
6 years ago

Something is fishy here. How in hell does one take an extended leave from 2 stents? I had 5 put in and played golf two days later.

I think that this is more likely due to philosophical differences in offensive play calling.

I remember one game when the camera showed Teford with his hands around his head.

Somebody must have an idea.

Morgan
Morgan
6 years ago

You have no idea what Tedford heart function is just because you had stents doesn’t mean his heart is functioning as well as yours. He may very well have suffered a heart attack before hid stents causing irreversible muscle damage. Maybe they’re thinking he needs bypass surgy. Maybe he’s suffering heart failure symptoms. We need to pay him like they’ve paid Nicks and move on. Bring in an experienced OC.