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Tip from Aaron Rodgers led Lovie Smith to Jeff Tedford

Buccaneers Camp Football AP

During his year off from the NFL, Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith was already thinking about his staff.

And when it was time to think about an offensive coordinator, he called up one of the quarterbacks who had given him so many problems when he was coaching the Bears.

And it was the referral from Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers that led Smith to hire former Cal coach Jeff Tedford as his offensive coordinator.

“I got a text last fall from Aaron, who said, ‘Lovie Smith is going to be calling you,’ ” Tedford said, via Jim Corbett of USA Today. “Then Lovie asked, ‘Can you come here to Chicago in a few days?’ “

That was that.

“Having played against Aaron, I really respected him as a player,” Smith said. “I wanted a guy with an expertise at the quarterback position. . . . I talked to Aaron a few times. He was in the room with Jeff, knew how Jeff helped his career.

“He gave Jeff a ringing endorsement.”

Tedford was known for molding quarterbacks in college, and for adapting to their individual strengths. He had quarterbacks as diverse as Trent Dilfer and Akili Smith before Rogers, so he’s clearly flexible.

Now, he’s working with Josh McCown, as he tries to revive the league’s worst offense. If he can, the Bucs can thank the Packers for the good word.

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23 Responses to “Tip from Aaron Rodgers led Lovie Smith to Jeff Tedford”
  1. Kelly's Chronicles says: Aug 7, 2014 5:58 PM

    As a Packer fan I am not thrilled about this but what you gonna do….. It’s not like the old days where the rivalries were really rivalries….

  2. niner13 says: Aug 7, 2014 5:59 PM

    Golden Bears never forget who brung ya. Go Bears.

  3. bobnelsonjr says: Aug 7, 2014 6:19 PM

    Lovie knows defense. He knows his limitations.

    Asking Aaron was a wise move.

  4. codythao35 says: Aug 7, 2014 6:24 PM

    Looks like Rodgers will turn his back on the classless Packers one day and clowns in WI would love to say Rodgers is the worse qb in NFL history when he goes to play for another team. What a terrible city, terrible fans and terrible franchise.

  5. imjusthereforthecomments says: Aug 7, 2014 6:29 PM

    This is the reason the Bears had to move on.

  6. GenXJay says: Aug 7, 2014 6:45 PM

    Trent Dilfer!
    Akil..Akilly….Smith?
    Lol, Good ol’ ShAaron. Never thinks for himself. Nor his rancorous fan base.
    May these pitiful fools be demystified by his actions.

  7. Steeler Nation is so far above you and your lowly franchise. We built this league. Pittsburgh's three rivers are made from the tears of our opponents. Bow to your supreme overlords. says: Aug 7, 2014 6:51 PM

    Six rings.

  8. stampede101 says: Aug 7, 2014 6:52 PM

    Surround yourself with experts, not lackey yes-men. This is why Lovie is a damn good coach.

  9. whatjusthapped says: Aug 7, 2014 6:58 PM

    Tedford will be a better OC than Norv “I can make Philip River’s regress” Turner. Not that its setting the bar that high.

  10. richcranium2112 says: Aug 7, 2014 7:19 PM

    Hold your friends close. Hold your enemies closer.

    Ever hear of misinformation? Aaron is a smart man leading Lovie to Tedford.

  11. numba1wiscosportsfan says: Aug 7, 2014 7:24 PM

    MY GUY rogers is always spot on!!

    >

  12. politicallyincorrect says: Aug 7, 2014 7:48 PM

    lost all respect as person for Rodgers with association with trash like Ryan Braun and lack of integrity in not honoring commitment made

    great QB though

  13. kd75 says: Aug 7, 2014 8:58 PM

    Rodgers also referred Ben McAdoo to the Giants. Is he the NFL’s employment agency?

  14. packerbackernj says: Aug 7, 2014 9:25 PM

    Aaron Rodgers is perfection incarnate at the QB position.

  15. theeclevelandsteamer says: Aug 7, 2014 9:29 PM

    Maybe Rodgers needs to understand like Favre was educated…”He’s just the quarterback (not GM)”.

  16. amaf21 says: Aug 7, 2014 10:09 PM

    Rodgers should refer a GM to the cowboys.

  17. amishninjas says: Aug 7, 2014 10:32 PM

    Shouldn’t Tedford be working with Glennon? It’s not Like McCown is the long term answer in Tampa.

  18. axespray says: Aug 8, 2014 2:31 AM

    Jed managed to make garbage like Trent Dilfer/Akili Smith look good enough to warrant being drafted – imagine what he could do with a guy like Glennon or McCown.

  19. tokyofilthblaster says: Aug 8, 2014 9:15 AM

    Rodger’s has a span of influence far greater than most of the “ordinary” superstars in the league. The NFL community knows that he has generational type talent and brains, and they’re leveraging it far beyond the confines of the playing field.

    Just view it this way – Packer success is influencing how business is done in every NFL city. It’s yet another sign of this teams greatness.

    The Green Bay Packers.

    Better football for better people.

  20. ariani1985 says: Aug 8, 2014 9:45 AM

    coming from a QB you gets rocked in the playoffs by average QBs I wouldn’t take him too serious….

  21. ariani1985 says: Aug 8, 2014 9:45 AM

    What is Erins home playoff record? 1-6???

  22. ducks4remi says: Aug 8, 2014 9:58 AM

    The people on here whining about Rodgers endorsing a former co-worker are the same people who complain about their own jobs as their co-workers are promoted around them. He’s had great success and is helping out the people that helped him. Only trolls would find something negative about this article.

  23. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 8, 2014 3:01 PM

    Not sure I’d trust the tips given from someone who won’t make good on a bet he made.

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