Aaron Rodgers calls Jeff Tedford firing “terrible”

AP

The University of California-Berkeley made the decision Tuesday to part ways with head coach Jeff Tedford after 11 years of Tedford walking the sidelines for the Golden Bears.

And Green Bay Packers quarterback and Cal alum Aaron Rodgers isn’t the least bit happy about it.

Rodgers called the decision by California athletic director Sandy Barbour a “terrible decision” during his weekly radio show on 540 ESPN Radio in Milwaukee according to Jason Wilde of ESPNWisconsin.com.

“It’s a terrible decision, terrible decision. And I think it’s disrespectful, too,” Rodgers said.

Tedford was fired following a 3-9 season by the Golden Bears this season, their first in a recently renovated Memorial Stadium. California was 1-10 the season before Tedford took over as head coach. Tedford led the Golden Bears to eight bowl games, including seven straight, over a nine-year stretch from 2003-2011. This season was only the second sub-.500 during Tedford’s tenure.

The success of California with Tedford at the helm finally sparked a remodel of an incredibly outdated stadium and the athletic facilities on campus. Yet, Tedford ultimately only got one year to coach the team at the new stadium before the school pulled the plug.

Rodgers believes Tedford deserved better.

“You have some competitive facilities now where you can really recruit some kids. And what do they do? They fire him,” Rodgers said. “The winningest coach in history. It’s just a shame, because when you promise a guy the stuff that they promised him and he fulfills everything you ask him to do on the field, regardless of the injuries they had this year, to always continue to prepare those guys like I know he did, and then not give him the chance to recruit to that facilities is a shame.”

Rodgers played two years for Tedford (2003-2004) after transferring from Butte Community College. Rodgers completed 63.8-perecnt of his passes and threw 43 touchdowns to just 13 interceptions in his two seasons for California.

18 responses to “Aaron Rodgers calls Jeff Tedford firing “terrible”

  1. Don’t worry about Tedford. I have the feeling he’ll quickly land with a school that cares about winning, and without Cal’s rigorous academic standards, he’ll be coaching a far better group of athletes.

  2. Programs need to remember that when they get rid of a coach.. They need to bring in someone that is going to do better with the amount of money that they are willing to fork out. With what Tedford has accomplished at Cal, good luck with that.

  3. Boy this guy can certianly do it all can’t he? Radio personality, pro qb, NFL scout, coaching scout, ref, db, wr, water boy and all that while still having time for the discount double check.

  4. I’m so sick of this guy. You can’t say anything even remotely negative around him or he’ll cry and get upset and whine about it, yet he calls out Cal-Berkeley for firing a guy who only won 3 games this year. It’s all about “what have you done for me lately”, Aaron. Past glories are forgotten quickly when people want results now. Aaron is a great quarterback but I wish he’d just stick to what he does best and shut his mouth already. It’s like the old saying goes, “The empty can rattles the most.”

  5. The real question isn’t why they fired Tedford at the time they did, but who they have waiting in the wings to enter stage right. A new stadium, higher projected revenue and the potential uptick in recruiting all point to enticements to a coach that has been pre-picked.

  6. He is right,you just dont fire a coach because he had a losing season after all those playoff appearances.this move is supposed to make Cal a better team? good luck with that.

  7. Rogers is right ,Tedford is a great coach but he’ll get a coaching job somewhere else soon.California made a big mistake by firing him.This is the same mistake I think the Eagles are going to make if the owner listens to the media.They have a great coach in Andy Reid but injuries and poor personel decisions have hurt the team this year.The Eagles need to get a great talent evaluating GM and let him draft and sign the players and then get rid all of the over priced under productive guys like Nnamdi.

  8. Here come the Rodgers haters, even though he’s just answering a question honestly. Most likely on his radio show.
    Because he’s the best QB in the league he’s a “whiner” though.
    Funny how I always hear the most complaining about Rodgers, Brady, and Eli. Three of the best.

  9. Ring a bell.. wow.

    I now remember why pro scouts were so down on Rodger’s – by product of being a Tedford QB

    He has a couple success stories, but most of his qb’s flamed out.

  10. Since when is sticking up for your coach considered whining or crying?

    Tedford was the winningest coach in Cal’s history.

    Name me a coach whom had several success stories via QB? I bet you won’t think of many if any at all.

    Name the coach whom can say he coached the QB with the best QB Rating of ALL TIME, I can do that for you, Coach Tedford, or I guess former Coach Tedford.

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