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Tedford to take Cal play-calling reins ... again

Posted on: March 29, 2011 7:13 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

When Andy Ludwig bailed on the Cal offensive coordinator's job in January, we wrote that Jeff Tedford had three options when it came to naming a new play-caller: 1. replacement coordinator Jim Michalczik, who hadn't called plays for a team at any level of football in nine season 2. new receivers coach/passing game coordinator Eric Kiesau, who oversaw two dreadful offenses under Dan Hawkins at Colorado 3. Jeff Tedford.

And though Tedford's last season as primary play-caller didn't end well -- in 2007, the Bears finished 3-6 in the Pac-10 as Tedford's offense ranked 50th in FBS scoring -- it's no surprise that with his Cal tenure at a critical juncture following last year's 5-7 disappointment, he's elected to go with the option he trusts most ... himself:
"I did it the first three or four years here, then went back and forth," Tedford said. "You've got to be all in or out, one of the two. There's got to be a role you play. You get to set things up, have a good feel for things."

Tedford has something of an uphill climb; the Bears languished at 90th in FBS total offense in 2010 and must replace longtime starting quarterback Kevin Riley.

But the reason anyone's interested in discussing Cal football in the first place is, of course, Jeff Tedford's offensive acumen, the driving force behind the Bears' rise from the Pac-10 basement to (occasional) title contention. If anyone knows the best way to turn the ship in Berkeley around, it's probably the guy who stopped it from dragging the conference floor in the first place.


Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: March 29, 2011 7:34 pm

Tedford to take Cal play-calling reins ... again

I got bypassed for the OC position with the 49ers but I'm willing to work with the Cal Bears. I have many years of running NFL offenses. For the past 4 years my NFL teams in Madden football have had lead the league in scoring, total offense and passing offense. However, my lack of experience in utilizing the "running game" might preclude me from being considered for the position at Cal. I know that they have had phenomenal success in using their running backs to the greatest of their abilities. I wish the Bears nothing but the best in whatever direction they choose to go. 

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