Buccaneers part ways with Jeff Tedford

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have mutually parted ways with ailing offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford.

Tedford, 53, has been on an indefinite leave of absence due to a heart proceedure.

The Buccaneers have mutually parted ways with offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford, the club announced Friday afternoon.

“Throughout these difficult circumstances, our primary concern was for Jeff’s health and well-being. After speaking with Jeff in recent days, it became obvious that a mutual decision to release him from his contract was the best way forward,” Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith said in a statement. “We wish Jeff continued success in the next phase of his career.”

Quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo has been calling the plays.

“The Buccaneers have been very accommodating to me and my family during this time and, while they left the door open for a possible return, I feel that coming back at this point would disrupt the trust and continuity that builds throughout the season in offensive meeting rooms and on the sidelines,” Tedford said in a statement. "I simply could not, in good conscience, become more of an obstacle to Lovie, to Marcus, the offensive staff and the whole organization — after all they have done for me. You just can’t go backwards. I can see that they are so close to turning the corner and I don’t want to hinder that progress.”

Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun

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Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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