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September 1, 2012; Berkeley, CA, USA; California Golden Bears head coach Jeff Tedford points to the scoreboard with a referee during the second quarter against the Nevada Wolf Pack at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Jeff Tedford Will Be Named Buccaneers Offensive Coordinator, Chris Ballard Leading Candidate to Be General Manager

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers wasted no time filling their vacant head coaching position, and according to a report late on Thursday evening, it won’t be long before the rest of the staff falls into place.

According to Chris Mortensen of ESPN, the Buccaneers have reached a deal with the seemingly pre-selected offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford, whose name was connected to Lovie Smith from the moment Smith’s name was brought up as a candidate for the Tampa Bay job.

Mortensen also reports that Chris Ballard, an executive in the front office in Kansas City, is the leading candidate to be the Buccaneers’ general manager.

Joe Bussell told us on a recent podcast that he believes Tedford is creative and adapted to the players he had, and pointed out his history with quarterbacks in college. Tedford is the former head coach at California, where he led Aaron Rodgers and Kyle Boller to first-round draft status.

Beford has no NFL experience, but is a former quarterback in college and the CFL, and has a long history of grooming passers and running backs during his college career. He was twice named Pac-10 Coach of the Year, and the Bears’ offense ranked in the top-25 in college football five times under his command.

Ballard is a versatile front office member with experience as a scout and as a pro personnel executive. He is credited with the scouting and drafting of Matt Forte, Charles Tillman, Nathan Vasher and others according to a press release from 2013.

He is also friends with Lovie Smith, which hopefully means he’ll be on the same page as the Buccaneers’ new head coach and help facilitate a roster Smith can use to the best of his ability. This could also signal that Lovie Smith will have a large amount of input on the personnel decisions, and that Ballard will be a “GM in name alone,” while helping Lovie with the day-to-day operations in the front office.

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  • Karen Melanson Hartman

    Awesome : )

  • Miguel Nephilim Gonzalez

    I hope that the new staff takes the necessary measures to make this team a playoff contender. For one, i love the style that Nicks brings to the OL, but with his injury-plagued career its hard to look past the fact the Nicks is one ov the top paid OL in the NFL today; so my solution, cut Nicks and rummage through free agency and pick up someone decent for cheaper, Incognito anyone? He’s already in Florida. Also, TB should try to snag a decent OL with a late round pick. I think that the main missing piece in TB is another star receiver to complement VJAX, so maybe snag a top ten maybe top 5 receiver in the draft (Mike Evans or Allen Robinson) and next focus on the pass rush; TB needs to get a decent free-agent maybe bring back Bennett or look into Jared Allen or Greg Hardy if not resigned, as far as the draft goes, LB or DE should be the next center ov focus, maybe Trent Murphy, Anthony Barr or Khalil Mack since Clowney most likely will go in the first three picks.

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  • muku

    I swear its best to get a GM before getting a HC?… Look what happened in Cleveland