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.
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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