The Tampa Bay Buccaneers won't see Jeff Tedford return this week, or ever, reports Pewter Report. The Bucs' offensive coordinator hasn't been with the team since week four due to a heart procedure, which also kept him from executing all of his tasks before that time.
At the same time, the Bucs were expecting him to return by Week 4 and he chose not to for reasons the team thought he could ultimately manage, which deeply upset some inside the organization. Tedford most likely wouldn't be welcomed back at One Buc Place because the organization feels like he left the team - and quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo - in the lurch.
It's a little ugly that this came out this way. People's personal health is very important, and they have the right to do what they need to for their own future -- and that shouldn't be held against them. Whether or not the team felt Tedford could have managed those issues, the fact is that the person best capable of making that decision is Tedford himself.
Of course, that doesn't really change anything for the Bucs: they're going to need to find a new offensive coordinator next offseason. That coordinator probably won't be Marcus Arroyo, who is now the team's de facto OC despite being a quarterbacks coach in college just two years ago. Which in turn means that the Bucs are likely going to have to look at people available on the street -- those just fired as part of some general coaching purge.
That would mean people like Rob Chudzinski, who's a "special assistant" with the Indianpolis Colts right now. Or Dirk Koetter, the current Falcons offensive coordinator. Marty Mornhinweg with the New York Jets and Brian Schottenheimer with the Rams are two other options. Or even Greg Olson, currently with the Raiders. Yes, that Greg Olson. Beggars can't be choosers, I guess.