Jeff Tedford appears to already be in place as the Buccaneers offensive coordinator. For those of you living under an East Coast rock, Tedford is the architect of several prolific offenses through the 90’s and 2000’s over in California. Among his many disciples at the quarterback position are Aaron Rodgers, Joey Harrington, Akili Smith, Kyle Boller, and David Carr. While running backs Marshawn Lynch, Shane Verreen, and Jahvid Best also excelled under his coaching. Another interesting name is Trent Dilfer.
Dilfer, played under Tedford at Fresno State before being drafted 6th overall by the Buccaneers in the 1994 draft. Since leaving Tampa, winning a Super Bowl, and joining ESPN, has somehow become a quarterback guru of sorts. While breaking down film in Bristol, and serving as a mentor to young quarterbacks at the Elite 11 camp, he has remained close to Tedford, often having great insight into his quarterbacks. One has to wonder, could Dilfer be in a position to move into a coaching career? If there was ever a time, it would seem this would be his opportunity for a job as a quarterbacks coach. Before you poo-poo the idea, remember, Ken Dorsey is the quarterbacks coach in Carolina.
My bet for the offensive line coach has to be former Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice. While the play of this unit often criticized during his time in Chicago, my belief is that the problem was personnel rather than coaching up front.
Another interesting position coach possibility is Lane Kiffin. Before his meteoric rise (and fall) as head coach of the Oakland Raiders, Tennessee Volunteers, and USC Trojans, Kiffin was a fine wide receivers and tight ends coach under Pete Carroll at USC.
He was right there during that prolific offense that featured Matt Leinhart, Reggie Bush, and Dwayne Jarrett. You probably knew that, but did you know Kiffin also played under Tedford while at Fresno State? Well, in actuality, Tedford convinced Kiffin to give up playing and begin coaching. With what has happened to Kiffin over the past few years, one would have to imagine if anyone would bring him on board it would be those close to him, and his father (who mentored Smith).
There are also rumblings that recently current Cowboys defensive assistant, Rod Marinelli, will become the defensive coordinator for Tampa Bay. There is also talk of fired Vikings head coach, Leslie Frazier, joining the staff as an assistant. This all makes sense due to both having a coaching history with Smith. Should the rest of defensive staff in Dallas be let go after their season, you could easily see both Marinelli, and Monte Kiffin return to Tampa Bay.
Another name to consider is Hardy Nickerson, who you may remember served as a linebackers coach for one season under Smith in Chicago.
And what about Raheem Morris? Could we see Mr. ‘Stats Are For Losers’ welcomed back to his old post as Buccaneers secondary coach? He is currently without employment since the entire staff was dismissed in Washington.
After the past few years of the organization moving away from what made it great during the Pewter Age of football, would a Buccaneers coaching renaissance be a bad thing? If nothing else you would have a lot of head coaching experience at One Buc Place.