NFL Notes: Buccaneers, Cowboys, Giants, Falcons, & Jaguars


Former Buccaneers OC Jeff Tedford told that he was ready to return later on in the 2014 season, but HC Lovie Smith felt it would have disrupted continuity.

I was ready to [return to coach] with about five games left,” Tedford said. “I wouldn’t say that there was friction, it was a situation where I think when I let [Lovie] know I was ready to come back, Lovie felt like it would kind of disrupt continuity at the time.  A season is a long season, there’s a lot of water under the bridge going game to game and things like that.  I think he felt it best that I not come in and try to fulfill my role like that because it would have been a disruption and really kind of mess up the continuity.  So that was the situation then.

“And they really couldn’t commit to me about another year because, you know, I don’t know if they were a little apprehensive about my health or whatever.  But I wanted to stay in the first place.  You know when it first happened, I got out and I wanted to, but I was in no position to coordinate at the time.  I was under a lot of medication.  I had some further issues that went on because of my stents in whatever they call that main descending artery.  And I had blockages I was on medicine for.  But then there were some other things that went along with it, and so I was on a lot of medication.  And I mentioned to Lovie, ‘I still got some issues here, but I’d love to stick around and do what I can do.’ But I was in no position to coordinate at the time.”


  • Ed Werder of ESPN reports that Cowboys OC Bill Callahan will pursue other possibilities,  which means it’s unlikely he’ll re-sign with Dallas during exclusivity period.


  • Jason La Canfora reports that Lions DC Teryl Austin is flying to Atlanta to meet with the Falcons for a follow up interview.



  • According to Michael DiRocco of ESPN, the pool of candidates for the Jaguars offensive coordinator position includes: Vikings RBs coach Kirby Wilson, Jets RBs coach Anthony Lynn, former Bears HC Marc Trestman, Cowboys OC Bill Callahan, former Bills HC Doug Marrone, and Raiders OC Greg Olsen.

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