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Bucs reach deal with Tedford to become offensive coordinator

Jeff Tedford has never coached in the NFL but has earned a reputation as a top mentor for NFL quarterbacks

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Jeff Tedford has never coached in the NFL but has earned a reputation as a top mentor for NFL quarterbacks

Jeff Tedford forged a career wringing the most out of his quarterbacks. Six of the passers he has coached in college have gone on to be first-round draft picks -- Bucs quarterback Trent Dilfer and David Carr at Fresno State, Akili Smith and Joey Harrington at Oregon and Aaron Rodgers and Kyle Boller at Cal.

That might bode well for Bucs quarterback Mike Glennon, because Tedford has reached an agreement to become the team's offensive coordinator under head coach Lovie Smith.

It's the first confirmed member of Smith's new coaching staff. The Bucs are expected to ask the Dallas Cowboys for permission to interview defensive line coach Rod Marinelli for their defensive coordinator position.

In some ways, Tedford's appointment might be the most important for the Bucs, which finished last in total offense and passing offense last season.

Tedford's tenure at Cal largely overlapped with Lovie Smith's run with the Bears -- Smith went 81-63 from 2004-12, while Tedford went 82-57 at Cal from 2002-12. Tedford, like Smith, was out of football in 2013, after going 15-22 in his final three seasons at Cal.

Before going into coaching, Tedford played quarterback at Fresno State from 1981-82, playing six seasons in the CFL from 1983-88. He began his coaching career in the CFL with Calgary from 1989-91 before returning to his alma mater as QBs coach.Times staff writer Rick Stroud contributed to this report.

Bucs reach deal with Tedford to become offensive coordinator 01/03/14 [Last modified: Friday, January 3, 2014 12:08pm]
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