The backup quarterback position is one a team hopes they never need to see what they have. If the backup starts it means one of two things – your starter is underperforming. or your starter is hurt. Both cases normally signals your team’s season is basically sunk.
Every once in a while a “Hollywood” type scenario plays out and the backup steps in and takes his team to the championship. In 2017 the Eagles Nick Foles proved to be a real life version of Johnathan Moxon in Varsity Blues, as Foles led Philadelphia to their first Super Bowl in franchise history.
Those scenarios are few and far between however, but one that every team tries to prepare for. Tampa Bay included.
On Wednesday from Indianapolis, where the NFL Combine will take place beginning this week, Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter answered questions from the media at the podium, then met with some local writers, PewterReport.com included, who traveled to the Combine.
Koetter said the Bucs will need to address the team’s backup needs, even if starter Jameis Winston is cleared by the NFL’s investigation into a groping accusation, and isn’t suspended by the league.
“You can lose your quarterback at any time,” Koetter said. “So you’re your backup quarterback is pretty important. We have been fortunate for the time that I have been in Tampa, we have had good backup quarterbacks. We went 2-1 with our backup quarterback last year, so I think there are a lot of good options out there for us this year, and something we are concerned with. Not because of the investigation so much, but because you are concerned in general.
“We also have Ryan Griffin under contract if you remember. We felt Ryan was playing pretty well up until the time he got hurt in the Cincinnati preseason game. I like Ryan’s skillset, he just doesn’t have experience. It is that old catch-22, ‘coach how do I get experience, if I don’t get experience?'”
Bucs general manager also talked with the media following his time at the podium and discussed some of the options the Bucs have.
“We like Ryan (Fitzaptrick) a lot,” Licht said. “We thought Ryan did a great job, obvious he had to play and did a nice job for us, overall in the locker room and in that quarterback room. He and Jameis… a really good bond. We would love to have Ryan back.
“There will be options for other quarterbacks as well. And I am not saying that we are going to be signing Ryan today to a contract. But any quarterback we bring in – with the investigation, whatever happens with that – we want a quarterback or quarterbacks we feel can step in and start.
“We’ve looked at everything and we have had some discussions with Fitz and we like Ryan. We like other quarterbacks as well.”
Ryan Pace says #Bears cannot release Mike Glennon until the start of the new league year. So look for that to happen perhaps after he receives fully guaranteed $2.5M roster bonus on March 16.
One of those other quarterbacks that might be a fit in Tampa Bay is former starter and third round draft pick Mike Glennon. The former N.C. Star star signed with the Bears in the offseason, but the team will release him next month the team’s general manager confirmed on Wednesday.
Per @JasonLaCanfora, there is interest on both sides between #Bucs and QB Mike Glennon. Glennon is likely to be released by the Bears at the start of the new NFL year (March 14).
Reports have the Bucs interested in bringing Glennon back after he is released. Prior to Glennon signing with Chicago, the Bucs offered Glennon a new deal to serve as Winston’s backup, one that would have made him the highest paid backup in the league according to team sources. Glennon chose to sign with Chicago where he lost his starting job to Mitch Trubisky early in the season.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org