Now that Lovie Smith has taken over as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach, all signs point to Jeff Tedford taking the reigns as the team’s offensive coordinator. This will be Tedford’s his first job in the National Football League, but his name carries some weight with NFL front offices. Or at least it did at one time.
During a lengthy college coaching tenure that included stops as the OC at Fresno State and Oregon as well as the head coach at California, he was known as a man who could develop quarterbacks. In fact, he has mentored six QBs who were taken in the first round of the NFL Draft. It’s a rather impressive feat, even if the names aren’t the most mind-blowing.
- Trent Dilfer — sixth overall, 1994, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- David Carr – first overall, 2002, Houston Texans
- Akili Smith — third overall, 1999, Cincinnati Bengals
- Joey Harrington — third overall, 2002, Detroit Lions
- Kyle Boller — 19th overall, Baltimore Ravens
- Aaron Rodgers — 24th overall, Green Bay Packers
Additionally, Tedford coached Billy Volek and A.J. Feeley, who had NFL careers as backup quarterbacks.
So what does this all mean for Mike Glennon? Well the immediate outlook doesn’t appear to be a great one. Judging by Tedford’s track record, there’s a one-in-six chance of Glennon becoming a star. Although one could argue that with Vincent Jackson and a healthy Doug Martin, Glennon has more around him in the offense than some of those other quarterbacks.
In the end, there’s little here to think that Glennon won’t be anything more than a lower-end No. 2 fantasy quarterback next season — or potentially a waiver-wire pick up in plenty of leagues. Tedford and the rest of the Bucs offense will need to show a little something before we can throw our weight behind their second-year signal-caller.