I worship at the altar of Tedford as much as any Cal football fan, so I am trying to reconcile that fact with the NFL track record of Tedford quarterbacks. With Kyle Boller's injury pretty much officially ending his run with the Baltimore Ravens, it looks as if Aaron Rodgers is the only starter left in the NFL (and Sunday is his first NFL start). [I do think Rodgers is poised to surprise many because he has had time to develop and because of the skill players and line around him in a great offense scheme well-suited for his game.] The six first round draft picks (Boller, Rodger, Trent Dilfer, Akili Smith, Joey Harrington) (did he have anything to do with David Carr at Fresno?) along with career backups Billy Volek and A.J. Feeley don't exactly fill an all-pro roster.
I know that during the NFL draft, there is even a stigma now attached to being a Tedford QB (which some blame for Rodger's slip from potential #1 overall to #24). Is it that he has coached them as well as humanly possible and there is no further room to grow? Is it that he took average QBs and made them extraordinary in his offense? Does he market well for NFL teams (i.e. he had Boller throw balls through the goalposts from the 50 yard line from his knees)? Does he oversimplify for them, so they aren't ready for the more complex pro game? What is it?
Given his track record with first round QB picks, I'm always shocked the top, top QB prospects (ie Clausen, Crist) don't come to Cal and I wonder if it has something to do with this.