Bucs announce Tedford as offensive coordinator
The Bucs made official on Saturday morning what had been widely reported on Friday: former Cal coach Jeff Tedford has joined Lovie Smith's Tampa Bay staff as offensive coordinator.
"We are very fortunate to have Jeff as our offensive coordinator," Smith said in a statement released by the team. "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."
Tedford, 52, has never coached in the NFL, but developed many current NFL stars while at Cal -- Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, Eagles WR DeSean Jackson, Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch and Browns C Alex Mack, among others. Smith is assembling an impressive staff, with Tedford on one side and former Vikings coach Leslie Frazier expected to be his defensive coordinator.