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
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
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.”
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.
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.
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
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