Jeff Tedford talks to the press

Dawgman.com had one chance to talk to Jeff Tedford, and we took it. Here's our interview with Washington's newest football consultant as Tedford met with the media Monday after Day Eight of fall camp.

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On his opportunity to work with the Huskies “Coach (Chris) Petersen and I have been friends for a long time, 18 years we’ve known each other, and just in conversation he knows my desire to get back into college football and we live close to here so just a conversation with him and it worked out and enabled me to be here.”

On his goal to get back into college football “That’s the whole reason, my goal is to get back into college football and that’s why I resigned last year from the CFL so I could get down here. I can’t wait to get back into college football so it’s great to be around the environment. Coach Petersen does a great job, college football is special, being around the excitement and the energy of the players and the whole deal.”

On how the job came about “I actually told coach Pete that I wasn’t going to do anything and if he needed somebody to do it then, we talk all the time, we’ve talked for years since we coached together in Oregon and it just worked out that he felt like it would be a good thing to do and it was perfect for me and I wasn’t doing anything this year anyway so it’s just great to be here.”

On the offensive pieces the Huskies have “I think it’s exciting, I really do. It’s fall practice and everybody gets better every day, that’s why you’re practicing, but I think there’s a lot of pieces in place. They have a great coaching staff here, coach Pete does a great job and they’re working really hard and I think it’s a great environment to let these guys come out and work everyday.”

On what he’s offering “I’m just here as a resource really. I can’t coach the players or anything like that, but if I can offer some resources to the coaches with the game plan or watching tape or whatever, I’m here to do anything I can to help them.”

On his decision to leave the CFL and what his plan was “The main goal was to be back in college football. Nothing really opened up and didn’t have any opportunities, so I was going to do some camps and get back into recruiting mode, so I did a few of those this summer, but it’s awesome to be around such a great program, such a great coaching staff and very excited to be here.”

Is your goal to be a head coach again? “The goal would be to be a head coach again. If the right opportunity presents itself, I’d be fired up to do it. Anxious to get back to college football.”

On how the college game has changed since he left it “I think each year continues with the fast-paced, up-tempo, spread-em-out. I’ve been in this conference for a long time, so I’ve seen kind of the change in this conference that most teams are spread teams and tempo teams. You have one pretty much smashmouth team in Stanford, but everybody else is kind of fast-paced, spread-you-out. That, to me, is what’s changed. I coached at Cal for 11 years, and I think it was just coming into vogue at the time, and it’s kind of taken over not just in the Pac-12, but college football in general.”

On what he hopes to accomplish at UW “I’m just here to help in any way I can. Provide resources for any of the staff, Coach Petersen, support him, he does a phenomenal job. I don’t think I would have done this just anywhere, because I really believe in him and think he’s all about all the other things besides football. He does a great job with football, but it’s about the built for life thing. I have a lot of respect for him and his integrity and the way he goes about things. So it’s great to be here, and I’m here to provide any help I can.”

(On how Jake Browning looks compared to other QBs he has coached) “Oh, I don’t know. I think Jake looks great in practice. he’s a young guy. You can tell that he’s a student of the game. He really takes it seriously. So I think he’s got a very bright future.”

You had a health scare a couple years ago. How are you doing? “I’m doing great. That was definitely something that came out of the blue. Wasn’t expecting that. It took me a while to recover from that that season. But once I did, I’m 100 percent, so I feel great.”

Is it weird being at practice and not being able to talk to the players? “It is a little bit, yeah. There’s no doubt about it. When you’re used to being so involved and kind of running the show and doing things like that. But that’s not my role here. My role is just as a resource. And I’m really enjoying it. I’m enjoying watching everybody coach. Like I said, they have a great staff. They all do a great job on the field, and the players have a lot of energy, so it’s great to be around to just watch everything. So I’m enjoying it a lot.”

Accurate to say you’re a west coast guy? “Yes, that’s very accurate. I’ve been on the west coast my whole life. This is kind of where my roots are, and all the relationships and things. I’ve been fortunate to be on the west coast all my life.”

On Cal’s Marshawn Lynch bobblehead giveaway  “It’s pretty funny that they’re doing a bobblehead, because I got in trouble for that, like I planned it or something. The next day I got a call from the AD saying, ‘he can’t be doing that.’ Marshawn is so fun-loving and he was excited after a big win, had a great game and all that. When you looked over there and saw it, it was funny. But after you sit back and look, all the fans are coming on the field, it could have been dangerous. So I get it. But he was having fun. I had to tell him, ‘no more.’ Keep the keys away from Marshawn. He can’t take the golf cart.”

Will you get one for your mantle? “Yeah, I may. I may. That was a good memory, actually. It was a lot of fun. He was great to coach. Loved being around him. He was an awesome player for us. Had a great pro career, obviously. But he was a lot of fun to be around in college.”

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