Jeff Tedford is now the head coach of the CFL's BC Lions. As such, he had to give an introductory press conference in which he revealed that his heart surgery really wasn't that big of a deal.
"It was a temporary setback where I had a little heart issue and I had two stents put in," Tedford told the Vancouver Sun. "So I had to make sure I went through the proper rehabilitation period, but I've been good to go for a couple of months now and I feel great."
That's kind of weird considering the fact that two months ago, Jeff Tedford had been on leave for a month and showed no signs of returning to the job of offensive coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Sure, he'd been on leave for a month at that point, but the Bucs surely could have used his coaching acumen after he was healthy. After all, it's not like this offense looked any good.
That doesn't mean Tedford didn't need to take medical leave after week three, though. All indications are that that was necessary for his health, and given that that was three months ago that squares with the timeline he gave in his press conference yesterday. It sounds like Tedford could not have coached for the first two months of this past season. That's fine: anyone's health should come before their job.
Perhaps the Bucs just didn't want Tedford back after he got healthy. But this entire Tedford affair has a weird feel to it.