Oct 6, 2012; Berkeley, CA, USA; California Golden Bears head coach Jeff Tedford hugs one of his players after the game against UCLA Bruins at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

Tedford: "Premature" To Say Mike Glennon is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Moving Forward, Need More "Speed In Space"

In an interview with “Fan Interference” on 98.7 The Fan in Tampa, new Tampa Bay offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford had some interestingly vague things to say about rookie quarterback Mike Glennon.

When asked about the potential for Glennon to be the Bucs’ starter moving forward, Tedford said it was “premature” to say that, and that things would become clearer once he got a chance to sit down with Lovie Smith and whoever the GM will be to discuss the roster.

Tedford heaped on the same praise for Glennon that he offered during his introductory press conference, saying he likes his arm and his decision-making and vision. He said that the NC State product has tools that can continue to grow over time and possibly develop into a good QB.

But there was no commitment to Glennon, meaning at the very least, Tedford knows this isn’t a decision he can make on his own.

Tedford mentioned that he’s excited to break down film and take a look at the rookie quarterback class, and pointed out a key aspect of scouting college players. Tedford reminded the hosts of the show and the listeners to ignore scheme and system and focus on the player. This is a trap many fall into when evaluating certain college quarterbacks who wind up being busts or surprises in the NFL.

The new offensive coordinator for the Buccaneers also said that the team will be looking to add more speed to the roster, as they want to live by his motto of “speed in space.” One of the things Tedford mentioned is that the running game can be complimented by quick throws to athletes who have the ability to make a man miss in the open field, but the Buccaneers don’t have many athletes who can do that on a regular basis.

But Tedford isn’t making any excuses, either, and said he must use the personnel he has to their potential, something he also mentioned during his first press conference. It will be interesting to see what the new GM of the team does to help provide Tedford with more weapons to turn around an offense ranked last in the NFL in 2013.

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