- Pat Yasinskas, ESPN Staff Writer
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TAMPA, Fla -- Don’t expect to see offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford’s full playbook when the Bucs open the preseason on Friday night at Jacksonville.
“That’s a fine line,’’ coach Lovie Smith said. “People don’t really know what we’re going to do. They have an idea. Jeff has a history of what he’s done in the past, but that’s not who we are. We want there to be a little bit of suspense. But, at the same time, we have to keep getting better. Will we have our full game plan? No, we’ll have a limited game plan in for Jacksonville. We’ll increase that each week.’’
Tedford said he has a few goals in mind for the preseason opener.
“Just to be sharp,’’ Tedford said. “Just to make sure that we’re paying attention to detail. We play penalty free, we don’t turn the football over, those type of things you want to see going into the first game.’’
Monday night marked the first time this camp that Tedford has talked to the media. He didn’t go into the technicalities of his offense, but he did talk about some of his personnel, particularly the quarterbacks. He had nothing but praise for starter Josh McCown and backup Mike Glennon.
Tedford said McCown’s experience shines through.
“There’s nothing that doesn’t impress me about him,’’ Tedford said. “He’s a great leader. He’s very intelligent. He understands the game very well. Student of the game. Throws all the balls. Understands how to drive the ball. Understands protections really well. He’s like another coach on the field. He’s just a pleasure to work with. I’m really glad he’s on our team.’’
Tedford said he also is happy with what he’s seen from Glennon.
“Mike’s doing a fine job,’’ Tedford said. “I think he’s in a very good position in that he’s got a guy to learn from like Josh. Mike did a nice job last year as a rookie. Mike’s doing some good things, but I think Josh brings that experience and knowledge of just being around for a long, long time. That’s a great quarterback room.’’