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.
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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