Coming off a disappointing 5-7 season, Cal head coach Jeff Tedford has made the decision to take over the offense and play-calling once again.
In 2010, the Cal offense finished 90th in total offense and 73rd in scoring offense. Tedford, who had led Cal to seven consecutive bowl appearances before the 2010 season, decided to make a couple of staff changes during this off-season.
The offensive staff now features three new coaches. Former Oakland Raiders offensive line coach Jim Michalczik will serve as the offensive coordinator / offensive line coach. Former Colorado offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau will serve as the wide receivers coach / passing game coordinator and former Wyoming offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo will coach the quarterbacks.
Spring practice starts today for the Bears.
Tedford told the San Francisco Chronicle, "We're going to take a different approach this spring. Our philosophy has always been to put in everything (offensively) in spring. To evaluate the quarterbacks properly, to see if physically they can play, we need to keep it fairly basic and let them play, so they're not locked up by the paralysis of overanalyzing everything."
As for the play-calling, Tedford said, "I did it the first three or four years here, then went back and forth. You've got to be all in or out, one of the two. There's got to be a role you play. You get to set things up, have a good feel for things."
Cal will open the season with Fresno State. The Bears then travel to Colorado before hosting Presbyterian College.
With the renovation to Memorial Stadium, Cal will play 5 home games at AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants.