Football: Tedford/old staff quotables

Here’s a sampling of what was said during interviews for my feature that ran today about Jeff Tedford re-uniting with some of his old coaches this season:


On the effect it has had so far:

“I just think there is a lot of clarity on offense. We’re really used to each other. There is a comfort level there and a communication level there that’s really high.

“In meetings, we’re so familiar with each other you don’t have to explain every little detail because they already know all those details. You don’t take anything for granted, but there’s just a real comfort level in the experience that we’ve had working together.”



On what the reunion has been like so far:

“It’s been great. The main thing is we all love football and we love to talk football. We all have new ideas and old ideas and we can communicate. It’s been a blast.”

On Tedford being able to focus more on the quarterbacks because he trusts his assistants to take care of their business: 

“Coach is always on top of everything. He’s such a good football mind and always hast he right pulse for the whole program and trying to do things with a plan.”


On the advantages of the old coaches coming together again:

“When you’re with a new staff and new people, you’re always wondering where, what and how. With this group, you just go and run.”


On the comfort level among coaches:

“There’s that trust. You’re not worrying about what someone else said or why someone is doing something. You have that commond ground.”


On the old coaches speaking the same language:

“(Quarterbacks coach) Marcus Arroyo is looking at us like, ‘What are you guys talking about?’ In football, as a coach, offense is always evolving. There are new innovations in football. It’s a chess match. It’s been really good with the whole staff because we have great experience, great knowledge, and we can put it all together.”



On the reunion of coaches:

“It’s been awesome. When you join a new staff, you have to spend a lot of time getting your terminology down and understand things that have worked and haven’t worked in the past. As soon as we  got in that room, everyone stated talking and refletion about old stories or what worked or didn’t work or how we did things or what we called it. All those experinees in the past are helping us now. I’ve really enjoyed it.” 

On Tedford’s increased trust level with his assistants:

“He seems more at ease. Hopefully, he does feel confident in myself, Michalczik and (Ron) Gould. He has that trust level. He’ll always watch. He’ll always know what’s going on. But he’ll let us make the correction on our won. We’re all on the same page.”

On game planning with the old guard:

 “We’ve already put a game plan together. The play calling thing will kind of take care of itself. But having that terminology and same language base is going to help all of us.”

On how much fun he is having: 

“Every day I come to work, challenging myself, trying to learn more, just throwing myself into the offense and am really enjoying it. When we sit in that room as an offensive staff and there is so much intellect going on, it’s a lot of fun.”

Jonathan Okanes

Jonathan Okanes is in his fourth year covering Cal's football team. Previously, he covered Cal's men's basketball team for four years. He can also be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/OkanesonCal.

  • ScottyBear

    Just win Baby!

  • rollonyoubears111

    Interesting article…but hope they know that “assume” will make an “ass” of “u” and “me”. Cliche’s aside, just let their chemistry translate into wins!

  • Shaka

    Perfect theme song for the year: Aretha Franklin’s
    R-E-S-P-E-C-T, pump it up in the locker.

    I’m feeling a special year in the making..