ESPN’s Chris Mortensen confirms that the Buccaneers will in fact hire former University of California HC Jeff Tedford as their offensive coordinator.
- Ian Rapoport reports that Tedford’s contract with the Buccaneers is a two-year deal. (Update: 10:45 pm)
- Mortensen adds that Chiefs director of personnel Chris Ballard remains the “leading candidate” for the team’s vacant GM position.
- Previous rumors indicated that former Bears GM Jerry Angelo could be a candidate for the GM position as well.
ESPN’s John Clayton (via Brett McMurphy) is reporting that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will hire former University of California HC Jeff Tedford to be their offensive coordinator.
- Adam Schefter confirms that Tedford will be the Buccaneers offensive coordinator and adds that the Buccaneers will hire Rod Marinelli as their defensive coordinator.
The Buccaneers are reportedly hiring Lovie Smith as their next head coach and all indications throughout the week have been that Tedford would be joining his staff.
Tedford is known for his work with young quarterbacks including: Aaron Rodgers, Kyle Boller, Akili Smith and David Carr.
Marinelli spent the 2013 season with the Dallas Cowboys as their defensive line coach. Before that he was the Bears defensive coordinator and has the dubious distinction of being the head coach of the Lions during their 0-16 season.
The Cowboys apparently have allowed Marinelli to depart for the Buccaneers job, considering that he was under contract for the 2014 season.
As for other coaches/executives who could be joining Smith in Tampa:
- Ian Rapoport reported on Monday that there has been “a lot of talk” regarding the Bucs possibly hiring GM Jerry Angelo and Tim Ruskell as well as Smith.
- Rapoport adds that Redskins personnel director Morocco Brown could also be a target.
- Adam Caplan reports that speculation in league circles is that Smith wants to bring Chiefs personnel director Chris Ballard along with him.