Report: Buccaneers hire Jeff Tedford as offensive coordinator.

TAMPA - ESPN.COM's Pat Yasinskas is reporting that former Cal coach Jeff Tedford will become the offensive coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  

New head coach Lovie Smith (see http://wfts.tv/1g39b9L ) may also bring in Rod Marinelli as his defensive coordinator, according a league source.

Recently fired Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier had been mentioned as a potential defensive coordinator candidate as well.

"Lovie was one of my very best friends," Marinelli said of Smith in November. "I went there because of him, not for any other reason. We had a long tenure together and I believe in him. I've started this thing off about my beliefs, being old-fashioned or whatever, I have a strong belief in what he believes in and I liked it. For me, it's got to be that or I struggle. I never want to not do it with all my heart. For me, that was Lovie's defense."

The big question for the Cowboys: Do they want to throw in the towel on Kiffin just a year into their transition to the Tampa 2 scheme? Kiffin, 73, said Sunday night he's not ready to retire.

Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said Monday on KRLD-FM that the club isn't trying to get Kiffin to retire, either.

If the Cowboys fire Kiffin, they would likely go outside the organization for a defensive coordinator.

Former Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz and Frazier are available.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was lukewarm on the issue this week.

Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett was given the chance to quash any doubt about the return of his offensive and defensive coordinators Monday when he was asked about their futures but passed on the opportunity.


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