TAMPA — In the wake of the signing of head coach Lovie Smith on Thursday the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were reportedly zeroing in a new offensive coordinator and possible a new general manager.
Multiple internet reports had the Bucs reaching a deal that will make former University of California head coach Jeff Tedford their new offensive coordinator. The same reports had Kansas City Chiefs player personnel director Chris Ballard emerging as the top candidate to become general manager.
Tedford is a two-time Pac-10 coach of the year who is best known for the work he has done with several notable college quarterbacks, including Trent Dilfer, David Carr and Aaron Rodgers.
Ballard became the Chiefs director of player personnel a year ago after spending the 2012 season as the Bears pro personnel director and the previous 11 seasons as a Bears area scout.
It is possible that Ballard, who would replace Mark Dominik in the GM’s seat, was recommended by Smith, who was the head coach with the Bears from 2004 until he was fired following the end of the 2012 season.
Bucs officials would not confirm the reports.