(That's right, we're doing a second consecutive GN on Jeff Tedford. Good Cal Football news is a little scarce with bowl season wrapping up for a non-bowl team.)
Former NFL players have been speaking to the media to weighin on their new OC, Tedford. First up, let's see what our SBN brethren at Bucs Nation dug up about the history of the Quarterback Guru.
"It's not memorizing," Tedford told the AFM (via Smart Football). "You find a lot of times that kids will memorize, but they have to understand the whole concept, and the whole field." He did that even in college, where your time with players is very limited. It's an approach that will fit the NFL very well.
This places a significant burden on the quarterback, though. "He likes having all the answers to the tests going into the game," Trent Dilfer told the San Jose Mercury News. "If you can handle the load as quarterback, it's awesome. You never feel like you don't have an answer."
The Tampa Bay Times also chatted with some of Tedford's former players. Michael Pittman, who played under Tedford at Fresno State and is a former Buccaneer, described the Tedford offense:
"He put us in situations where we had matchups we wanted. He's a guy a lot of players would love to play for. He was one of the biggest reasons I stayed and came back for my (senior) year."
And two quarterbacks whom Tedford transformed into first-round picks added:
"The biggest thing for me was mechanics. He's a mechanical genius," said [Akili] Smith, whose Ducks scored 39 points a game in 1998, helping him become the No. 3 overall pick in the 1999 NFL draft.
"He makes the game so easy for you. Once I got a grasp of what he was trying to get done, then it all came together."
"Tampa should be very, very excited to have him. I think he'll do really well in the pros," said former Cal quarterback Kyle Boller, the 19th overall pick in 2003. "He's very detailed. He has a certain way he wants things done, and he'll make sure he does everything he can to get you to do it the right way. He's an offensive guru."
"I did a lot of research, talked to a lot of different people, other quarterbacks in the league. For my offensive coordinator position, I wanted to get a guy that had been a primary quarterback guru, that knew that position in and out. My research led me to Jeff Tedford. After that, I looked at his track record and what he had done, especially at Cal, what he had done offensively, and I brought him in.
"We spent a couple of days together down in my basement in Chicago and kind of merged our philosophies, and they weren't off, on how we wanted to play offensive football. I'm talking about a strong running game, a power running attack. I think you have to have balance with your offense. We plan on having a balanced offensive attack. But at the same time, when I say balanced with the run, being able to pass the ball and have a big play ability in the passing game."
Good luck, Coach!
- Check out the Top 12 plays (of any sport) of the year for the Pac-12. As CGB contributor Ohio Bear put it, "Boo 12! Yay 7, 5, and 4!"
- The Golden Bears are ranked no. 17 in the year's first ITA poll, with two players also earning individual rankings
- These Bears laugh at that ranking due to their own preseason ITA rankings. The team comes in at no. 8 and also earned five singles rankings and two doubles rankings!
- Shannon Elmitt will spend 10 days on a service-learning trip in Cambodia as part of her honors thesis
- No. 23/21 Cal's overtime victory over Oregon featured an amazing performance by Reshanda Gray and the return of Gennifer Brandon (CalBears.com and Inside Bay Area)
- Bear-to-be Gabby Green vs. Stephen Curry?
- Tyrone Wallace's dedication—shooting 300 practice shots daily during the summer—is paying off
- Sports Illustrated predicts Cal will be one of the last four in for the NCAA Tournament (and would have to win another play-in game)
- But Seth Davis of SI thinks you should HOLD on making a move on your Cal stock since we're just a "decent team"
- An update on Ryan Anderson's injury
Pelicans F Ryan Anderson is out indefinitely with herniated disc. Anderson leads New Orleans in scoring with 19.8 points per game.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 7, 2014
- The no. 22 Golden Bears placed second at the NorCal Meet, losing to the despicable Furd by less than one-fifth of a point
Women's Water Polo
- In some WTF/gossip-column news, Rihanna proclaimed her Man-Crush Monday was LB Mychal Kendricks; the linebacker admitted to getting some locker-room ribs about it, but wouldn't answer if he's met her or not
- OL Freddie Tagaloa explained why he was unhappy at Cal and why he chose Arizona
- Deandre Coleman will be suiting up at the Senior Bowl
- Somehow, Cal is the nation's 26th most valuable college football program in the nation
- LB Mychal Kendricks had a great interview with Bob Costas about the Eagles surviving adversity, his improving play, his non-ballet dance background, and his interest in the arts and acting
- Eleven players are continuing their quests for a Superbowl ring
- Jeff Tedford will probably bring our old QB Coach Marcus Arroyo with him
- Marshawn Lynch has been fined $50k for not speaking with the media. Oh, the horror! (Video autoplays.)
- On the other hand, DeSean Jackson has been speaking to the media about getting a raise (video autoplays)
- Sonny Dykes announces changes to football staff; Andy Buh no longer DC
- Cal basketball prepares for Oregon, Oregon State
- Cal football: Sonny Dykes keeping coaching staff intact?
- Golden Recruiting Wire: Luke Rubenzer & Vic Enwere excel in Blue-Grey Game
- Hardy Nickerson, Marcus Arroyo joining Jeff Tedford in Tampa Bay