With Tampa Bay’s offense ranked 30th in the NFL after three weeks, averaging just 271 yards per game and with only 38 points scored in 2014, to say that the team needs offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford back calling plays would be an understatement. Tedford had two stents put in his heart following the Bucs’ preseason game in Buffalo last month and missed the preseason finale against Washington and the first three games of the 2014 season.
Bucs quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo has been calling plays in Tedford’s absence, and following Tampa Bay’s 56-14 loss at Atlanta on Thursday, right tackle Demar Dotson said the team needs its O.C. back as soon as possible.
“I don’t know how it has affected us, but I know it hurts,” Dotson said. “Jeff is a real good playcaller and this team needs him. But this team also wants him to do what he has to do to get himself better. When he’s able, we’ll welcome him back. Do we need him? We definitely need him.”
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You mean running on every single first down and only getting 1 yard and being completely predictable doesn’t do it for you.
He has already missed more time fro a stent procedure.
Something tells me something more happened and we aren’t being told. Have no clue why not, at this point.
Possible heart attack?
There is no doubt in my mind that there is more to the Tedford story than two stents. A few years ago I had one stent out in my heart on Friday afternoon and went back to work on Monday morning with no restrictions except to not bend over or pick up more than 10 lbs for one more day. A year earlier, my wife had two stents put in her heart and her only restrictions were not to bend over or pick up more than 10 lbs for 72 hours….that’s it.
This story doesn’t add up.
He saw the offense way before we did. That’s why he had a heart attack last month, we had to watch the games before we had ours!! Having Tedford better help the offense, what’s going to help this defense?
Situation does seems fishy. I can see him taking extra time off because it is a high stress job… but it is suspicious. I assume you want to get the other team planning for the Tedford offense to arrive, but if he doesn’t come back this week I hope we bring in a better play caller.
Tedford was to return today and again was a no show. 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 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
Now that was funny Surferdudes. I agree with the others who question if Tedford’s situation is merely stents. I know we’re curious, but I certainly understand the privacy. To put my two “stents” in; I think the return of Tedford to lead the offense will be a boost of confidence to the entire team. If you’re out in the ocean and a storm comes up you don’t want the ship’s mate taking the helm.
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