Despite Bucs head coach Lovie Smith saying that Tampa Bay could draft a position other than quarterback with the first overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft over the weekend, the odds of the team passing on both Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston are extremely slim.
The Glazers were in Phoenix for the annual owners meeting – Photo by Cliff Welch/PR
On Tuesday Bucs co-chairman Joel Glazer spoke to the media while at the annual owners meeting, and had positive things to say about each quarterback, including that the team is comfortable with both players at this point, according to NFL.com and Tampa Bay Times beat writer Rick Stroud.

“With anybody we’re looking to draft, we do an extensive amount of work on their background, history and all that,” Joel Glazer said. “After everything we’ve done and where we’re at right now, we’re comfortable where Jameis is at, we’re comfortable with Marcus.”

Glazer said he and his family understand the significance of the pick, and feel that Smith and general manager Jason Licht will be have done everything possible to make the right choice when they hand in card – no matter who’s name is on it – in Chicago on draft night.

“Absolutely, this is critical, one of the most important decisions we may make in a long time,’’ Joel Glazer said. “But fundamentally, we believe in letting Lovie and Jason do all their ground work, and their staffs, come to their conclusions, discuss it with us, talk about their reasoning and as long as it makes sense, we’re supportive. It’s that way with every decision and this will be no different. But at the end of the day, whatever decision we make, I see us all being on the same page, agreeing and moving forward.

“No question, having the first pick in the draft is a huge decision for the organization and a huge opportunity for the Buccaneers…But again, this is chance to add to the roster and that first pick, and doing everything we can to get that choice right, is going to be critical.’’

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About the Author: Mark Cook

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, the beach and family time.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 mark@pewterreport.com
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Horse
Horse
6 years ago

I’m more concerned about rounds 2 & 3 than I am with Spot 1. Those two rounds could make the draft for us and put us at an 8-9 win team. I don’t believe Winston will flop. Why haven’t we signed an OL in Free Agency? What hasn’t Gilkey been cut?

macabee
macabee
6 years ago

The Glazers also gave Lovie and Licht a huge vote of confidence too! Almost sounded as if they were being patient and not putting a win/loss goal for 2015, but want to show progress toward a team that has “sustainable success”.

I could hear Lovie in the background with a big sigh of relief. Luke Stocker may even feel free to walk around out in the open now!

surferdudes
surferdudes
6 years ago

Horse, I can only believe they will draft at least to O linemen they believe can start day one. They’ve been burned to many times paying big money to free agents. I would not be shocked to see us use our 2nd,to 5th round selections on O line. Would love to see us get Cam Erving in the 2nd, and his teamate right guard in the 3rd.

Garv
Garv
6 years ago

I’m getting a little concerned with Winston’s inability to keep his weight where it should be. Yet another recent photo shows him looking out of shape. IS it a concern? SHOULD it be? PR, what’s the deal?

cgmaster27
cgmaster27
Reply to  Garv
6 years ago

I just think that is Jameis body type. He’s working his tail off right now getting ready and he still is a little thick. I think the bucs will make sure he stays right where he needs to be.

Horse
Horse
6 years ago

I’ve got my concerns with Winston too about his weight. I hope the picture was an older one. Every time I see him I think of Freeman, but then I remember his winning leadership and focus he brings and I feel slightly better. Mariota for me is a big question mark; I don’t know if he can actually play in the NFL. I would love for them to draft Williams, but we have no QB and I still don’t understand why we can’t find one that could bring something.

macabee
macabee
6 years ago

Garv/Horse,

For your review in your spare time. Check out the body types of the guys with multiple Super Bowls like Roethlisberger and Eli Manning. Then Check out Josh Freeman. See if you you can make a correlation. May be much ado about nothing!

http://www.buzzfeed.com/mrloganrhoades/the-best-and-worst-of-shirtless-nfl-starting-quarterbacks#.sblO0Vn4

cgmaster27
cgmaster27
Reply to  macabee
6 years ago

Great article Mac. It’s funny how the “great” ones are built like Jameis and the ones that are ripped aren’t very good, except for cam. Add brady quin to the list of qb’s built like he man that don’t succeed.

macabee
macabee
6 years ago

Need further convincing? Take a look at the guy before the 2000 draft who has won 4 Super Bowls including the last one. How’d this guy get super model Gisele Bundchen? Relax folks, It’s football IQ!

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/eye-on-football/25070049/look-tom-brady-was-really-really-bad-at-the-nfl-combine-in-2000

pinkstob
pinkstob
6 years ago

This sounds a lot like Weisenhunt going on about Mariota. At this time of year you only pump a guy in the draft up like that to boost his trade appeal. This makes me think the Glazers don’t like either of these guys (I was already convinced they don’t want to draft Winston). I still think they’ll ultimately draft Mariota because nobody wants to trade into this spot, but the Bucs brass are starting to make me nervous. If someone does show serious interest in the #1 overall pick I’m starting to get the sinking feeling the Bucs would actually… Read more »

cgmaster27
cgmaster27
Reply to  pinkstob
6 years ago

Pink I totaly respect the fact that you won’t budge but you are reading way too much into these comments. Suppose they actually do like both qbs. Not everything is a smoke screen my friend.

georgehicks
georgehicks
6 years ago

I’d think that Tampa Bay has to make an Important Decison between the two qb’s. I’ve don’t want to be in their shoes. Remember Draft Day. The Organization must turn every stone or rumors. To Make sure they have the pick correct. Buc Fans I know its a painfull events last season. But Tampa Bay can start over and select the players that will turn this team around. Iam looking at every player selected in this year draft to help the team this year and have a winning season. Again Mangement I hope they look at both QB’s and decide… Read more »

Bucmeister
Bucmeister
Reply to  georgehicks
6 years ago

Why do we all assume one of the two QBs is the answer to our dream QB? Maybe neither one is a franchise QB. The world will not end if the Bucs decide neither QB deserves the #1 pick.

Horse
Horse
6 years ago

When you have a DE guy like Williams coming out, you can’t help but think we should take him if there are is concerns about either QB.

cgmaster27
cgmaster27
Reply to  Horse
6 years ago

The thing is horse isbthatvwikliams is a d tackle. They say he can play up and down the line but he’s not a true defensive end. With our depth at d tackle no need to draft that position.

Horse
Horse
6 years ago

Wasn’t there a lot of talk about obtaining Suh? He’s faster and stronger than Suh. I’ve seen McCoy rush from the outside many times. We don’t push forward enough to allow a DE time to get to the QB as it is. I know it’s Winston and I’m okay with it. it’s not a perfect pick, but it is far from being a bad pick. As long as winston wants to improve then I’m good with it.