Tedford a Hot Commodity?
Now healthy, the former Cal coach looks towards the next opportunity
Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford left the team in September due to health concerns stemming from a heart procedure before the start of the 2014 season. Friday the Bucs announced they had parted ways with Tedford.
“Throughout these difficult circumstances, our primary concern was for Jeff’s health and well-being,” said Buccaneers Head Coach Lovie Smith. “After speaking with Jeff in recent days, it became obvious that a mutual decision to release him from his contract was the best way forward. We wish Jeff continued success in the next phase of his career.”
Coming back with just four games left in the season would not have been fair to the team, to Quarterbacks Coach and interim OC Marcus Arroyo, and to the continued growth of quarterbacks Josh McCown and Mike Glennon.
“The Buccaneers have been very accommodating to me and my family during this time and, while they left the door open for a possible return, I feel that coming back at this point would disrupt the trust and continuity that builds throughout the season in offensive meeting rooms and on the sidelines. Coach Arroyo, along with the rest of the offensive staff, had to step up and shoulder the load and they have done a great job under very difficult circumstances. I simply could not, in good conscience, become more of an obstacle to Lovie, to Marcus, the offensive staff and the whole organization – after all they have done for me. You just can’t go backwards. I can see that they are so close to turning the corner and I don’t want to hinder that progress.”
Now with a cleared bill of health, Tedford is looking for other opportunities to coach again. It is unknown if Tedford would want to go back to the college game as a head coach, or if he would prefer to stay in the NFL as an assistant or a coordinator. With the grooming of potential NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers on his resume, Athletic Directors and General Managers could be keeping Tedford’s number on speed dial.