The Question: How will the offense look under new offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford?
If there is a new head coach among the group that has more respect than Lovie Smith, that is news to me. After a brief hiatus from coaching, Smith will try to turn around a Buccaneers squad that finished 4-12 in 2013, missing the playoffs for the sixth year in a row.
When you take over a team that has struggled as much as the Bucs have, it’s not surprising that a massive roster overhaul is one of your first orders of business. As such, 48 of the 89 players signed up for training camp are new to the roster—that includes 20 rookies.
With so much youth splashed around the offensive side of the ball and a journeyman in Josh McCown set to start at quarterback, what type of philosophy can we expect from new coordinator Jeff Tedford, the former head coach of the California Golden Bears for 11 years?
Having been recruited and coached by Jeff Tedford at the University of California, I can attest to the type of coach he is to a certain degree. His offensive background is one that has been very experimental over the years and rarely stayed the same.
One thing, however, that did remain consistent in a Tedford-led offense was his emphasis on establishing a balance between the run and pass.
Aside from that, the Bucs offense is cloaked in mystery.
There’s a good chance that Coach Smith is waiting around to see what he has with his two quarterbacks before a firmer offensive identity is established. After all, that is part of what training camp is about for a first-year coaching staff. The coaches must become familiar with the strengths and weaknesses of their roster while figuring out how best to utilize it.
In any case, we should know a lot more about what this offense is going to look like by the end of training camp, even if it is only a preview.