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May 8, 2014 @ 11:07 pm
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Smith: "Glennon Is Our Quarterback Of The Future"

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Head coach Lovie Smith raised some eyebrows on Thursday night when he told the media that quarterback Mike Glennon was Tampa Bay's quarterback of the future. Does Smith actually believe that, or is it another draft-related smokescreen?
Deciphering coach-speak this time of year is nearly impossible. In fact, the CIA would have a hard time determining what is fact and what is a smokescreen coming from the mouths of NFL general managers and head coaches regarding the NFL Draft.

On Thursday night, Bucs head coach Lovie Smith fired off what could be the Bucs' true feelings regarding backup Mike Glennon, or another mixed signal designed to make the other 31 franchises do a double take.


“There are a lot of good players," Smith said. "But it’s about what’s best for us. Just talking about our quarterback position, our quarterback position is as strong as, to me, any quarterback position that I’ve had as a head coach. 

You know how much I like Josh McCown as our starter here, but I love Mike Glennon. Mike Glennon is our quarterback of the future here. So why would we want to add a third quarterback to the mix? We need other positions, and forget just the quarterback position; we thought this was the best available player for us. It was an easy decision for us. Jason [Licht] and I, we don’t have a lot of vertical, but we high-fived it pretty high in there when we were able to make this pick.”

One of the most puzzling aspects of Tampa Bay not taking a quarterback with the seventh overall pick – and drafting Texas A&M receiver Mike Evans instead – was the fact the Buccaneers brought in Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel, Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater, Fresno State's Derek Carr and Eastern Illinois' Jimmy Garappolo for private visits, and met with Blake Bortles at his pro day in Orlando last month.

Smith is not above bluffing like a high stakes poker player. In his initial press conference back in January, he told the media that cornerback Darrelle Revis had a place in the Buccaneers defense. Yet during the opening week of free agency in March, Revis was released by the Buccaneers in a salary cap-cutting move.

At the NFL owners meetings in Orlando in March, Smith implied to the media that troubled wide receiver Mike Williams would not be released or traded. Less than two weeks later, Williams was a member of the Buffalo Bills, after being traded for a sixth-round draft pick.

Glennon, a third-round draft pick in 2013, started 13 games for the Buccaneers during his rookie season, throwing for 19 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Despite saying Glennon is the future at the position, Tampa Bay signed former Bears quarterback Josh McCown to a two-year deal in free agency and promptly declared McCown the starter in 2014.

How serious Smith is about his statement that Glennon is “our quarterback of the future” is yet to be determined, but the answer could come sooner rather than later. With five more draft picks left in the next six rounds, the Buccaneers could still take a quarterback. Carr, Garoppolo and Georgia’s Aaron Murray were all still available late Thursday evening and one could be drafted by Tampa Bay in the second round on Friday night.
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    Dude relax... It's a little rash to not be impressed with Licht's Drafting so far when all they did was make 1 pick... Especially when that pick was not only one of the BPA but the biggest need in this team... Evans is gonna be solid opposite Jackson and ran at least a little faster than White's 40... And Evans is a tough player who has good blocking abilities which is far better than White... All we will need is for one of our current speed recievers or a Drafted one to be able to stretch the field on occasion when needed and our WR Corp will be unstoppable... I would honestly much rather have 2 recievers that can be used on every down and have the height and the hands to come down with anything thrown their way and finding a #3 that can stretch the field the couple of times a game that we will need it...I do agree that we should have moved back into the end of the 1st to get ahead of Houston and Oakland so we could have been guaranteed to get the QB of our choice... And I think I am out on Carr... If the guy can't handle himself under pressure and got torn apart against the one decent team he faced last year then he is not the guy for us... That is definitely one thing that you cannot teach is confidence and stability under pressure... It's somethin you've got or you don't... That's why again I am on board for McCarron... I think he is the hidden gym in this draft... Completely absent from the radar... But all he does is win... So he was on a talented team... Say it ain't so... Ever consider that the talent around him was able to be so talented because he was getting the ball to them and leading them? I think if we can get him it will be the steal of the draft and the brightest spot in the future of this team...
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    Not impressed with Licht's drafting so far. We already have Wright who is tall and has good hands but just not a burner--sounds a lot like Evans to me! What Licht should have done with his second round pick was move up and get Carr at the last pick in the first round, which would have been the smart move. That way you would have had Carr at that salary for an extra year. Apparently the Vikings GM was a lot smarter than Licht, because he pulled off that move and got a much better QB than we will have if we try to make a Future QB out of sack magnet Glennon. Agreed, Lovie is no Offensive Brain, but Tedford is and Licht should also know better, but I am afraid Licht is still deluded that he has the Midas Touch to find a Franchise QB late in the draft like he got Brady--which is how he became a nomad jumping from one team to another as his late round QB's turned out to be busts. If that is the case again Lovie needs to dump him at the end of this year and let the Nomad search for another team for a paycheck.
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    I say we go QB (McCarron) Round 2 and I actiually hope we maybe trade Glennon and use that pick (Whatever it is ) along with our current 3rd round pick to try and trade back up into Round 2 and grab the best OT converting to OG or best OG available in Round 3...
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    If we don't get some OL muscle really quick this year, McCown runs a high risk of incurring a serious season-ending injury. So, what do we need most? A starting OG or a QB to backup an injured QB if we don't?
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    Some people don't know why some people are so anxious to draft our future QB... In the same respect I don't know why some people are not so anxious to draft our future QB just because we have a guy that has spent his career wandering the Earth before not losing most of his glorious 8 game contribution last year... I am glad we have McCown and think he is a nice Veteran upgrade over Glennon to tie us over... But the clock is ticking on finding the future leader of our team... Right now we are one hard hit on a 35 year old away from having Glennon right back in control... And McCown more than likely has a 1-3 year shelf life on him... The reason for wanting the QB of the future sooner rather than later is that the hope is that we will not have a high pick in future drafts and there are a couple of guys like McCarron and Garopollo that could be it... And next year Mariotta and Winston are no better than anyone this year... And just because we have McCown doesn't mean we just neglect trying to find our future... And McCown is no Kurt Warner... Not even close... He didn't win a Super Bowl and lead the charge for the greatest show on turf... And then bring another team right back to the big show... And now is the perfect time to get a QB that if they have to they can sit behind McCown for 2-3 years and develop... If anyone is hoping that we could just try to trade up next year to get someone like Winston and hope that he will be NFL ready right away then you are kidding yourself... The guy has to learn to keep the crabs outta his pants in more ways than one before he can be a leader of men... The time is now... Pick the best kid for the job and give him time to turn into the right man for the job... And damn what is wrong with if we do happen to find someone else next year in the Draft or FA... Then you have options and let one of them win the job and trade the other... This time we have to get the right QB... We haven't had a QB that any other team wanted since Doug Williams...Except for Steve Young of course but he would have gotten murdered if he stayed here anyways... So we absolutely have to get the right QB this time... We have to... And no we don't have to force it this year if the right guy isn't there... But it shouldn't stop us from trying to find the right one... Guys like McCarron obviously know how to win... And you won't know if he can win for us until you get him and find out... If you have to, grab as many as you can until you find the right one and then maybe we could finally be a team that other teams fans wish was their own...
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    You guys are just speculating. No one really knows except L&L. Day 2 tells the story. If they draft a QB today in rounds 2 or 3, then the whole love for Glennon thing was smoke. If they don't draft a QB today, then it is true love.
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    Many posters are so anxious to "draft the QB of the future now". Seriously, which QB in this draft is the QB of the future? There was/is no Andrew Luck in this draft. Give the GM & coach credit for re-building this team faster than most of us thought possible...We were 4 & 12 last year! Give them credit for bringing in a QB that's better than we had (remember Curt Warner was a "journeyman" too). We all have our opinions, and we may disagree with what choices are being made, but Lovie & Licht know more than any of us. So bitching about the decisions before the first snap of preseason seems a bit over the top to me...just sayin'.
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    Went to Ray J last night and had a great time. Selecting Evans was a needed pick but what happened to speed in space? The knock on Evans is fails to get seperation, other then that a solid pick. With all this crap about Glennon is the future of this team, what happened to needing a mobile QB? I hope Lovie is playing the draft game but I don't see Glennon as anything more then a backup. If Lovie keeps Glennon as the QB of the future Lovie has not learned his lesson from being with the Bears. We can skip drafting a QB this year but if we want to be a top team we need a top QB. It took five years to find out that Freeman was not the answer I hope we don't spend five years looking at Glennon.
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    Can someone please tell me why McCarron is not in the conversation... With his stats and Championships he should be the obvious target... And judging by how we operate our smoke machine he was one of the remaining top QBs that we didn't bring in for a visit which historically means he is on our radar... I just hope we are talking Glennon up to increase his trade bate value... I seriously hope we get a 3rd-4th round pick for him and we grab McCarron or whomever they deem the QB of our future in the second round... Like I said on another page if we can do that and get the best OT converting to OG or best OG available in the 3rd... Or even using our 3rd and Glennon (Or the pick we get from his trade) to move back up into the 2nd to get the OG would be amazing and give us 3 starters ready and be our best draft in years... Then finding another 2-3 starters or strong depth in the rest of the draft and UFA would be absolutely amazing... Let's keep this thing rollin in the right direction...
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    I have always liked Glennon more than most posters, but that came after watching his every play carefully, rewinding etc, the same approach that made me realize Freeman was a bust a year before most posters and PR. That said, I think Surfer makes a great point - who among the draft class would be better able to step in and be productive than Glennon this season? Plus, we won't really know what he can do without another year with him. Perhaps he'll never be accurate enough with the deep ball (the only part of his game I really worry about) but there's only one way to find out. Meanwhile as I've said all along, we have holes in some spots and are wafer thin, one injury away from disaster, in others. Build the OL. Build the depth. If this season disappoints (best case we squeak into the playoffs but get no farther) then pick up a QB next yr and he'll be joining a much better team than Glennon did last yr. Go L&L, go Bucs!
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    There's another name that wasn't brought up: Zuttah. Licht and Lovie said they had "big plans" for him also and traded him. This is pure smokescreen that they view Glennon as a valuable QB to keep his trade value high. It also covers their butts if they QB they like doesn't fall to them.
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    If that's the case Lovie then you haven't truly learned your lesson from Chicago that got you fired. McCown is a talented back-up and a stop gap starter. Beacker will never be a stud QB. He's basically a McCown clone. If the Bucs don't select a QB this year they damn well better next year.
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    Dbuc63: Here's a number for you. # 32 as in last in the league in offense. I'll give you that Glennon's TD-Interception ratio was impressive, but that's about it. I'll also concede that the offensive line play and the absence of skill position players contributed to the offense finishing dead last. But I don't make the mistake of thinking # 8's play didn't contribute to that standing. His completion % is a bit skewed when you recognize he could complete three passes in a row and still not get a first down. One of his longest completions was as wobbly a pass as I've ever seen. The only reason it wasn't intercepted was because the defender didn't see it fluttering to him. It got chalked up in the statistics as a long completion, but the pass was horrendous. I'm willing to give him all the chance in the world to develop and have a successful career here. But again, from what I saw last year, I just didn't see "it". I hope I'm wrong. He's a nice young man and people pull for him because of that. Regarding Jimmie Garropolo. I don't know if he or any of these rookies would have fared any better than Glennon. I just liked the little bit I saw of him.
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    I say that Glennon gets a look with those two book ends going deep or down the side lines. I would hope we address OG; we need a starter.
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    Have to agree with Mac. Lovie has only had good things to say about Mike since he got here, and there's a lot to like. I doubt he's been fibbing this whole time. Mike did a good job last year with little help from his line, and lets face it, a bad offensive scheme. Like I said before, he's digested the playbook already, and he had a lot of support in the locker room before McCown was signed. Some of the Q.B.'s left to draft might be better fits, but are they really better then Mike?
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    He also had "big plans" for Revis. Glennon is garbage. And this is smoke.
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    If the bucs took a QB in the 1st, that person would be in a worse starting spot than Glennon was last year. Josh has proven he can be a competent QB, now lets put him (or Mike) in the best situation to succeed, which started with a WR weapon.
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    Better go back and re-read Lovie's exact words - " I love Mike Glennon. Mike Glennon is our quarterback of the future here. So why would we want to add a third quarterback to the mix? We need other positions, and forget just the quarterback position". Those words don't sound like we're going to add another QB. Lovie Smith is a deeply religious man. I doubt that he is given to reckless prevarication!
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    another smoke screen LOL Glennon is on the trade block & they're drafting carr if houston or oakland don't snatch him up
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    It's not puzzling at all bucs didn't take a QB at 7 because none were worthy of 7th pick overall. It's not the time to draft QB. Let's fill the holes and see what McCown can do for a year or two.
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    On Derek Carr: Let it go.
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    Even those of us who haven't considered Glennon the "quarterback of the future" hope that he can be. If he can develop a little more pocket awareness, be willing to throw the ball farther than three yards on 3rd and 6 and be more accurate with deep balls, maybe he can (sooner than later) replace Josh McCown. The same Josh McCown who has been little more than a journeyman and brought here to put Glennon back on the bench, not to mentor him as an experienced back-up. Numbers are one way to view a QB performance; observation is far more credible. What I saw, especially in the 2nd half of games, was not pretty. If Lovie is being truthful, perhaps there is no need to draft Jimmie Garoppolo this evening. I do like what I saw in him the few games I witnessed.
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    scubog- (1) observations are far more credible, REALLY? Most people see what they want to see...politics, women, personality...numbers are objective and factual that can be interpreted by observers like you differently. (2) Is it safe to say then that (relatively speaking) Jimmie Garoppolo woul have been "observed" better than Glennon last year with such a pathetic OL? Whatever, I'll leave the observing to Lovie! GO BUCS!
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    Appears a lot of posters on other sites are really upset we passed on Manziel. I realize that Lovie and Jason are in a win now mode but I still feel we have some holes to fill. I really like the Evans pick and think this will give our Qb's another weapon. Most analyst thought Evans was the right pick for the Bucs. That being said today and Saturday is an excellent opportunity to work on the OL. Several solid guard prospects available. OL should be our priority and if a good pass rusher becomes available we should grab him. In the final analysis we as fans must trust our coaches and GM to make the right decisions. Go Bucs .........
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    I understand the need for some smokescreen to keep the other teams guessing, but sometimes I wonder if Smith goes too far with this or does he just keep changing his mind with the pressure to win now and he's shooting from the hip? Does he have a real plan?
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    Glennon is going to sit on the bench anyways. I doubt the bucs will go without drafting a QB. Bucs were unable to find a partner to trade with for Glennon.
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    Glennon put up some good tape last year, and has 13 games under his belt. He's a grinder who has no doubt already digested Tedford's playbook. I don't see us drafting a Q.B. right now that would be better prepared to step in should McCown go down.
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    To all the Glennon detractors that are now choking on their own thoughts and comments...Told ya so....Glennon had a GREAT rookie season with what he had to work with...Lovie pretty much proclaimed that and I for one am LMAO at all of you that had nothing but negative things to say.
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    Mike Evans is Glennon's type of receiver. The decision of what Qb to go to might have come down to whether they felt they 'could' build around Glennon or not.
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    I'm a D guy - always have been, always will be. I wanted Donald or Frazier. But, I'm also a Glennon fan, and I have to be excited about the prospect of Glennon to Jackson and Evans.
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