There has already been much speculation over the departure of Jeff Tedford as Bucs offensive coordinator. The guy who was supposed to bring a semblance of an offense to a Lovie Smith led team never called a play in a regular season game for the Bucs and ultimately was released from his contract a couple weeks ago. Peter King says it could have been for a lack of control of the Bucs offense.
In his weekly mailbag where he answers questions from fans, Peter King received a question relating to Jeff Tedford and if there was any more to the story of his departure. Here was King's response:
"I heard there was nothing really nefarious about the split. Tedford was ready to coach, and he wasn’t sure that he was going to have the kind of control over the Tampa offense he felt he needed to have after missing most of this year. At the same time, college jobs and this CFL jobs were coming open. He knew that if he waited until January to make some sort of determination on his future with Smith that the coaching merry-go-round might have stopped spinning and left him jobless for 2015. What I don’t know is whether he was offered to be the offensive coordinator with Tampa Bay in 2015 or not. And I also don’t know if the Bucs simply lost faith in Tedford to stay healthy for a full season, having seen the havoc that happened this year when they had to piece together the offense on the fly. I think it came down to the fact that both sides felt it was better that he move on."
While most of King's response does sound right and make sense, the part that worries me is that Tedford didn't feel he'd have "the kind of control over the Tampa offense he felt he needed." The reputation Lovie Smith has gained over the years is that he has a short leash on his offenses and tries to win games with defense. While many around the Tampa Bay area were ok with the hiring of Lovie Smith...as long as he brought a true offense, there should be concern that he wouldn't allow Tedford to have the kind of control to help resurrect an abysmal Buccaneer offense this season.
Remember, Tedford's offense was supposed to consist of "speed in space" and an up-tempo brand of offense. You know, a fun offense! Instead, the Bucs' offense has featured none of that this season.
Blame Tedford, blame Marcus Arroyo, blame Josh McCown, blame a historically bad offensive line, but remember that all of that blame might flow uphill directly to the head coach who wouldn't give his offensive coordinator that he chose the control to fix his mess of an offense.
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