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May 10, 2014 @ 5:55 pm
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Licht And Smith On Same Page That Glennon Is QB Of The Future

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When Lovie Smith told the media on Thursday night that Mike Glennon was Tampa Bay's QB of the future, many were skeptical. But two days of draft picks later without a quarterback selected, and a press conference from GM Jason Licht, Glennon may in fact be the successor to McCown.
On Thursday night Bucs’ head coach Lovie Smith raised some eyebrows when he proclaimed Mike Glennon the team’s quarterback of the future. On Saturday, as the draft was wrapping up, PewterReport.com asked general manager Jason Licht if hr agreed with Smith’s assessment of the second-year quarterback out of North Carolina State. Licht and Smith appear on the same page when it comes to Glennon.

“We’re very excited about Mike," Licht said. "Josh is excited about Mike. Josh, we talk about his leadership a lot. He really is like an extra coach and he’s working to get Mike better and it’s working. There’s a lot of interest in Mike and we want to keep Mike, I guess I should just say. We want to continue to work with Mike and we’re very excited about his future.”
 
Licht was then asked if the Buccaneers fielded calls inquiring about trading for Glennon during the draft and Licht skirted around the issue somewhat.

 “Not necessarily trading, just feeling it out and I know that Mike has a very good reputation around the league about his developmental future.”

The biggest piece of evidence that the front office and coaching staff all are high on Glennon as the team’s future was the fact Tampa Bay chose not to select a quarterback, despite bringing in a number of them – Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater among others – for personal visits and workouts leading up to the draft. Tampa Bay made six draft selections – all offensive players – but failed to take a quarterback over the three day draft.

“Well, we brought in a lot of positions, period," Smith said. "We used all 30 of those visits we could – wanted to see what’s out there. And when you have a chance to compare, you make as many comparisons as you can. And again, we had a lot of good quarterbacks come through. I enjoyed meeting them all, and feel like there’s a lot of them [that] will play and play well in the league. I didn’t get a chance to get to know them and really see them in action like I’ve seen Mike, and what I’ve done is I’ve been in position meetings with Mike, I’ve been around Mike in every environment that you can think of, and then just watching him on the football field. And what you ask a quarterback to do – smart, make checks, and then throw the football, Mike can make all of the throws.

“I knew what he could do throwing-wise and all that before, but to just see it up close and personal – and a lot of talk that’s going on about Mike Glennon, what I’ve said is that Josh McCown is our starter, which he is. Love Josh, and Josh is pretty excited – more so than, or as excited as any fan as we have about the offensive group – but what I said was we like Mike Glennon and Mike has an excellent future in the league, and that’s how it has played out.”

It is quite likely the Buccaneers will bring in an undrafted quarterback to as an additional camp body and potential developmental player, but as it appears now, if Josh McCown goes down with an injury, Glennon will be the one to drop the clipboard and be counted on to lead the offense.


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    Bollocks: After much healthy debate, your intelligent and insightful post has degraded the conversation into the inevitable insults.Those of us who scored lower than Morris Claiborne on the Wonderlick test and see the world like Mr Magoo, hope you're right about Glennon's quick ascension.
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    I really can't believe some of the comments I am reading on here. Either the Mike Glennon naysayers are blind and stupid or just stupid....What about 1 viable receiver,crap for an OL,an inconsistent carousel at RB,a rookie WR starting at TE,an OC that was in way over his head and a HC that was dumber than a box of rocks can't you get through your thick skulls. That not even saying anything about Mike getting thrown into the fire head first after Freeman imploded. Seems to me that L&L both see the potential in Glennon, as it seems 6 teams that tried to talk trades for Mike also saw. I for 1 am seeing huge upside in Glennon...Seems to me he is a late bloomer as he played his best FB last year in a very difficult situation AS A ROOKIE...I'm going to go out on a limb and say that I believe Mike can be a top 10 QB by 2016 and moving forward a top 5.
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    Well it's pretty clear that Lovie Smith didn't learn from his firing in Chicago. You don't win much with mediocre QB's in this league. Yes he got to the Super Bowl with Rex Grossman but didn't win it. How many QB's will the Bucs NOT select while the McCown/Glennon experiment plays out. I was not a Manziel fan but there were other options in this draft and the Bucs failed. Whatever.
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    You should do some research. Cause then you'd know that having a stud QB doesn't guarantee a championship either. Ask Manning and Marino how many super bowl wins they have together. That would be exactly 1. How many do Brad Johnson and Trent Differ have? 2. "Mediocre" as you put it can be pretty good when they dont make the stupid mistakes that cost their teams a win. Stud QBs cost the most money and actually hold a team back because there is less money to spread around.
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    Now that's the BF47 I love! Not Mike Sam kinda love. Makes me feel I'm in good company with all of the flower children of the 60's generation.
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    Here's a little more. So. If Mike Glennon is the QB of the future, yet Lovie stated from minute one Josh McCown was the teams starter, would you not give your QB of the future at least an opportunity to compete for the job? Just saying. That sounds a lot like Cleveland fans who try to save face when the team's action spoke directly to the fact even Cleveland themselves were hesitant about drafting Johnny Manziel. If they truly believed he was their QB of the future they would have selected him 4th, not traded down not UNO, BUT DOS. Tampa ultimately just got better on the offensive side of the ball. In a LG that now favors the offense over defense, I have no problem in taking the first shot at scoring points. It's been proven you CAN win in this LG and earn a playoff berth with an average team (at least have a shot) with a good offense. However, you cannot even have a shot to earn a playoff berth with a GOOD, EVEN GREAT defense with no offense in today's game. See Arizona, Houston, and Cleveland who had top 10 Defenses and failed to make the playoffs. 7 Teams made the playoffs last year with defenses who finished ranked 19th or worst (that's nearly HALF the playoff teams for those counting at home). In the NFC, since we are all Bucs fans, the Packers made the dance with a defense ranked 25th overall in yards allowed. The Eagles earned a playoff berth with 29th ranked defense that surrendered over 6,300 yards totals. Chew on that stat for a while. And you can add Chicago as a team that came within inches of earning a berth with one of the worst defenses in team history (6,300+ yards given up). It's certainly not to say defenses do not matter. They STILL DO. BUT....BUT when you have the worst ranked offense in the LG statistically, we could have drafted all defensive players in this draft and guess what....you still cannot make the playoffs. I think the team evidenced by the fact they went ALL OFFENSE, they went with best player available on most picks, with 1-2 guys drafted based also on need. That's why personally I gave it a good draft grade because at this point in the tenure of Lovie Smith. You can make an extremely strong case you simply have to get better on offense to have any chance of competing for playoff berths long-term.
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    I noticed you didn't include the Super Bowl winner in this little theory you have that offense is more important than defense. So here's a stat for you to chew on. Seattle was ranked 1st in total defense last year. 18th in total offense. Blows your theory right outta the water. Offense sells tickets. Defense wins championships.
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    Vandemon it's not all about the numbers. Seattle has one of by far and away the best defenses in the LG. I consider them OUTLIERS compared to the majority of the teams in the LG vying for a playoff spot. And also keep in mind my response was directly in response to getting Tampa back to competing for playoff football the quickest. They had the worst rated offense in the LG. They need so much help on that side of the ball I see why they went ALL IN on offense this draft. It makes sense. Yes I'm in agreement with you that defense still plays a huge part in winning Championships, but Tampa is not in that category of Championship caliber teams. This coaching staff is competing to build a playoff team first, one that has a long-term shot at competing for titles. There are many examples of getting to the playoffs that suggest defense is not where the attention should be placed, at least initially. I'll add two more things. First, Seattle's offense was much more efficient than the stats will give them credit. They did not turn the ball over, converted a high percentage of 3rd down plays, and really fit perfectly for the overall makeup of what they needed to do to win games. Second, if defense wins Championships all the time, the 49ers with the 3rd ranked defense would have won the SuperBowl two years ago vs an aging Ravens D who finished the year ranked 17th overall. One could argue Joe Flacco and his interception-LESS playoff run with double-digit TD passes to ZERO interceptions were every bit as important for WHY they were even in the big game to have the chance to win in the first place. So my point is it's a combination of both, that's why it's a team game. Tampa needed to address the offensive side of the ball to even have a chance to compete for playoffs moving forward..
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    I believe Lovie went after McCown because he was a known commodity to Lovie and Lovie figured he had a better chance to succeed with what he knew. He knew next to nothing about Glennon and whatever he saw from last years tape wasn't very quantifying because of the overall situation of the O last year that I have stated before on here. For a rookie to have even weathered what Mike went through last year is commendable in the extreme. Going forward I see our Bucs FINALLY having the Franchise QB we have all been hoping for ever since Culverhouse screwed over Doug Williams and Leeman Bennett screwed up by getting rid of Steve Young. I just see in Mike Glennon a very smart kid that has the intangibles and wants to be great. Will he succeed? I hope so and with Tedford and McCown aiding him I believe the sky is the limit.
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    I didn't know we had so many old foggies on this site! I'm 67 & I'm certain I can catch Vincent Jackson from behind; but since I'm 5'7", probably can't out-jump him though! Don't remember, did I post this before?!
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    Be 59 this Saturday, so we all put our AARP cards on the table!! Look L&L decided our Q.B. of the future wasn't in this draft, and I tend to agree. Mike's biggest knock is his lack of mobility. I've watched a lot of football, Mike though not spectacular did some good things. How good would Brady as a rookie looked last year behind that O line, with that lack of talent? He'd have said the same things about him that we're now saying about Mike.
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    You got it Scub, count me in the oldtimers club, 62 and counting, will be 63 in December. Not as good as I once was, but as good ONCE as I ever was! lol. Met a spry old dude in CVS a few weeks ago and we got talking and I told him how old I was. He said "hell, I got socks older than you". So evidently we're just kids! lol
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    It really is as simple as that JayBuc52. Lovie chose his words carefully. "League not Buccaneers." Welcome xpfcwintergreen. We need more babyboomers like Horse, 76buc, George Hicks, I think macabee and me. Good point about Elway and others who struggled early in their careers. But when watching them, it was obvious that they had tremendous talent. I just don't see it in Glennon. I wish I did. Maybe with an improving team around him he'll be able to make a play once in a while. Maybe even convert a third down.
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    I don't know what all the fuss is about. Both Lovie and Licht have said that Glennon has a future in this league. It has yet to be determined if that future is with the Bucs. He can sit for a year behind McCown and if he develops great, if not we can draft a quarterback next year.
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    I think Josh will be an excellent Quarter Back for us this year. His Mini Camp gave us a good glimpse of what he is capable of. To me he is just as good as Johnson who took us to a SB. I also said from day one that Glennon can be a back up in the NFL, but he is no QB of the future for the Bucs and L & L will regret that stupidity. Hopefully it won't take five years of futility to prove that.
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    This is a spirited discussion as usual. As an old timer (67 years old) and a staunch Buc fan I want weigh in. (I am not going to compare Glennon to anyone of "super" talent!!) I lived in Colorado when John Elway began his career. He was "incredible" from day one but, I always felt his coach stupidly almost ruined his career. He was thrown into the fire his rookie year and if you check the records you will see that it might have appeared that he was a "bust". Later on he brought the Broncos to 3 Superbowls on the strength of his arm and they lost all three. You see, they did not build a good enough team around him. He did not win any until his last two years when he was past his prime. It happened under a different regime of course. Things are different now and the "win now" mentality prevails. So far Lovie Smith seems to be trying to balance that reality with the problem of building a team that can consistently win year after year. I think he did benefit from his year off and he really is looking at many facets of his situation here in Tampa.. What Green Bay did with Rogers was brilliant. Lovie does not have that luxury. You do have to use what you are given up front in any "rebuilding" plan. I am beginning to get excited about our offense in the next few years. I am also looking forward to seeing the "Tampa Two" in it's latest incarnation. GO BUCs!
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    When our opponents are worried about how to defend Mike Glennon, he'll get my attention. When his play is the reason we win games, he'll get my attention. Until then, I'll cheer for the young man as much as anyone, but I can't defend and won't make excuses for his play in 2013. Vandemon: The reason Favre was traded was because the kid was a drunk. Rumor was he was even drunk when a young Jon Gruden picked him up at the airport. Worked out for the Packers, but it was a big risk a the time. Our mid-level defense had no chance when the offense was dead last.
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    Kurt Warner said it was Josh McCown who taught him how to throw the back shoulder fade. Think about that for a second. He said he'll be throwing a lot of them this year. Some of you people are so damn negative. Horse agree on Glennon, but he's not replacing Josh anytime soon. While all of you wait for the future franchise Q.B., and pine for a guard from Stanford who you couldn't pick out of a police line up, I'll sit back an enjoy watching Josh, and his new toys lighting up the score board. Spare me the I'm dreaming, I just choose to be positive.
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    @surferdudes....good for you, the positive approach is an admirable one. I think some on PR (often including me) like to point out what we see as deficiencies in the team because we want so badly to see the best product we can out of the Bucs - and that seems to mean we'll always have something to discuss. It doesn't mean we don't like the team or that we don't wish the best for our Bucs, or that we won't be cheering at the top of our lungs for whoever takes the field. Personally, I think the "new" NFL is a tough place to win with the calibre of QBs we have - not impossible, because this is such a league of parity and injuries will play so much importance. What I have seen from McCown's career and from Glennon's season last year tell me we have the bottom of our division QBs by quite a long ways - and that will temper my expectations (but not my enthusiasm) for this season....fortunately I think the rest of our team looks very good against our competition and so I think we're actually very close (like 1 QB away close) from being the real deal. Maybe - with the way the injury bug falls - we'll even have a shot at something this year, but either way I will be cheering on the team despite my reluctance to get excited about McCown and Glennon. Go Bucs!
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    EastEndBoy; well put. I too agree. I didn't see any QB's worth taking this year that were better than Glennon other than Bortles.
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    surferdudes; I also agree with you. I hope Josh does well too. I do see Glennon passing him because he is a quick learner.
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    I 100% agree with u. It's tough to be any kind of positive around here lol.
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    This Glennon hate is rediculous. If Johnny Football has the same stats this year that Glennon had last year, some of you guys will want to put him in the Hall of Fame. The situation is simple. We don't know what will happen. If the Bucs have a winning season Glennon stays (especially if he is part of the reason we won). If we are losers we will be looking for a QB next year; maybe 2 . Easy. OBTW. I think L & L love the QB Smith who they signed to a FA K.
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    Let me get this straight. Some of you want Glennon to be the starter NOW? And let the QB whom we paid $10 mil sit? After we brought in that same QB who knows the system inside & out? After Glennon had decent stats but a losing record last year? After Glennon had no real coaching last year, and can sure use some great coaching, mentoring, & understudy education like he will get this year? All just to prove whether he is the QB of the future?? And what if he falls flat as a starter, do we then throw in the towel on the season? Seems to me, this GM & staff want to be as good as they can be, and at least right now, it appears that means starting McCown & letting Glennon learn. Yesterday's draft proved L & L feel Glennon is the future QB & will prepare him for exactly that. That's their job...& if they fail...we know what happens then.
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    Glennon is the QB of the future until he's not, which I expect to happen as soon as a better opportunity presents itself. That's the way it should be at any position on this team. Whether a better player presents itself depends on who is available in the draft next year. I know Mariota is better than Glennon and that QB from UCLA (Hundley?) certainly has the mental makeup of an NFL QB, I'd just like to see him be more productive (I hate the offense he plays in). Even though I'm an FSU fan the maturity of Winston bothers me. We'll see how he does this year.
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    pinkstob; I was all in for Winston, but many of my friends in Tallahassee are questioning his off field issues. He has gotten away with other things too like the BB gun thing and other minor crimes having to do with food and other things. I wouldn't trust him leading a team including the FSU team. He is off my list and I doubt I will put him back on it. There's more issues with him around the corner. He is not getting enough real discipline punishment from Fisher or Martin or the Athletic Dept.
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    I'm no expert but I though the drafting a QB talk was non sense. We paid McCown 10 million for two years. We have great talented weapons for him. So without even seeing what he can do we roll the dice on weak draft of QBs? Dumb. Said so from the beginning. There isn't one from this draft that could step in if McCown got hurt and play better than Glennon. He's very solid backup. If his release can be coached quicker, as well as his pocket footwork and awareness, he could be very good and starter material. Love his football IQ, work ethic, attitude, accuracy, and arm strength.
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    I understand the support for Glennon but did everyone forget last season. A 4-12 season and Glennon was part of that season. A QB with a bad deep ball. can't run worth a crap and failed to find open receivers often. You can give him a pass on not being able to find open receivers as a rookie but not on him being mobile or having a terrible deep ball. I think this team has not had a QB in so many years we have forgotten what one looks like. If Glennon is the QB of the future we will be looking for yet another regime change in five years. Sorry to sound so negative about Glennon but I for one am tired of hoping for another QB to take five years to turn into a real QB only to find out that stats are for losers, just believe what you see and not what you hear or read. Like scubog said. If he is the QB of the future let him start this year and get it over with so we can see for sure what they have. He has 13 games starter EXP. so let him start. Game EXP. is the best teacher!
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    The defense had as much to do with 4-12 as the offense. Does that mean you also want to ship out lavonte david and gerald mccoy too?
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    I know what the record said we did last year. Without stupid player penalties/mistakes near the end of the game, we very well should have been 7-9 or even 8-8. IMO, our biggest problem was the porous OL. We gave up 7 sacks in one game alone. How can you rate a QB's abilities when he can't have the basic time needed to function properly.
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    Thank you Uncle Stan, my point exactly.
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    Kinderrt; the guy is not great, but he is adequate. We had no OL, injured, TE's, RB's, horrible play calling, and the worse coaching time management in the NFL. Lets see what he can do under this organization. I liked Glennon better than any QB drafted in this draft except for Bortles. Just my opinion.
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    Good Morning, Check out the quarterback we just signed. Good interview link http://withthefirstpick.com/2014/02/17/nfl-draft-prospect-interview-brett-smith-qb-wyoming/
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    McCown ain't Favre.
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    Obviously Favre was a top tier elite qb. But you dont have to be at that level to help teach a young qb the ropes. Remember also that Atlanta traded Favre after 1 year. Think they regretted that stupid decision?
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    The Bucs have a long history of giving up on qbs just to watch them go elsewhere and if not flourish, at least be serviceable enough to win. Doug Williams, Steve Young, Vinny Testeverde, Trent Dilfer {laugh if you want but he has a ring!}
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    What more does Glennon have to do? He had an 83+ qbr with twice as many tds as picks. And he did it with 1 reciever, a rookie te, 2nd and 3rd string rbs and an offensive line that was truly offensive! He was the best rookie qb last year and the bucs best rookie qb ever! The new regime didn't bring in McCown to hold the spot down until they find another qb. They did it to give Mike an experienced vet to learn from. How long did Rodgers sit behind Favre?
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    If Mike Glennon is the QB of the future, why isn't he being named the starter now? Or at least be given the chance to compete. Why wait? When Lovie arrived on the scene he immediately handed the reigns to McCown. That act was very telling. The door wasn't even cracked open for Mike. It's not like Josh McCown is a Pro Bowl player or even considered in the top half of the league. So why not let Mike get out there and play this season? In my view, the organization's real stance is that Mike Glennon will be the QB of the future until someone better comes along. But it looks like it's going to be a long engagement with no wedding on the horizon. I think Lovie believes he can build the rest of the team and get by with Josh McCown for as long as he can. "Coach can I play, can I play?" "Not yet Mike..........soon."
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    Perhaps I am drinking the kool aid, but to sit Glennon for two years and let him digest his. Rookie season, learn a new offense and hone his skills with reduced pressure seems like a very positive plan to make him a better player for the long run?
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    scubog; Wow! That's negative for you. My guess is that Glennon will be starting before the halfway mark of the season; heck he might start game 1. Right now Coach Smith has McCown leading the parade on his new -old offensive scheme. What better player to do it than the one who knows it inside out? Glennon is a smart guy and will pick this up quickly. I think Tedford saw that at the OTA.
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    i was hoping Carr was still on the board when the Bucs picked... just to see how much they really liked Glennon
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    Good stuff Makski. I'm with MGM also. I bet NE was one of the clubs in question.
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    Relax everyone, Glennon might only be the QB of the future until we get the next QB of the future. This coming from a Glennon supporter. They could still grab T. Boyd. In fact, even if this is true about Glennon, He is only there to warm the seats. Hoping we can get in FA: J Jeffcoat for D-line, N Slaughter for WR/PR, Borland for CB or A Richardson for the O-line. I'm pretty sure that they are all available.Even better if we can get most or all of them. Great draft Bucs, now just work on the depth of the team. I think Glennon will be fine, but if we want a more athletic QB, bring some in and let them fight it out in training camp just like every other position. Go Bucs ! ! ! ! Would LOVE IT if we can at least get N. Slaughter to compete at PR/KR. Lovie likes him some ST's.
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    Count me in with everyone pledging their support for Glennon. If Lovie and Licht like him, the kid's okay with me too! I always felt at minimum, he deserved a chance to compete for the starters job. I think he played well under less than ideal situations last year. I didn't particularly care for the way he was anointed by Schiano, but if he can compete and win the job, he should have all of our support. I wish Mike the best and hope he turns out to be the QB of the future. The thing I like best is winning. The QB that can best help us win games is my guy. Go Josh! Go Mike! Go Bucs!
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    Bucs wanted Evans as they knew he was a sure thing and a game changer. There will be some QB free agents available before camp ends. Bucs are going to have to make due with what they got for now. I like the weapons we picked up.
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    This looks like a 180 degree shift on their plan or a wait till next year plan. We had so many holes on the team it was better to use the pick on another area of need then QB.
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    The QB value was weak this year as it played out; I'm not sure how great it will be next year either. I for one am glad Glennon is still with us and will prove his value this season. My guess is that Glennon will be starting half way thru the season or earlier. There's a lot of sports editors with pie on their faces when it comes to our real QB situation; right Scott?
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    This… (On other teams’ interest in trading for Glennon) “Not necessarily trading, just feeling it out and I know that Mike has a very good reputation around the league about his developmental future.”
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    It would be interesting to find out what teams called to trade for Glennon and what the bucs were offered/turned down.
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    Let's hope McCown doesn't get hurt. I don't think Glennon is ready to start if everything PR says about red fords offense is true
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