After two quarters on Sunday the Bucs offense was playing at 1976 expansion levels. Tampa Bay actually had more penalty yards than passing yards, as quarterback Mike Glennon was a paltry 6-of-12 for 31 yards through the air. Many were wondering if Josh McCown would start the second half, but the coaching staff stuck with Glennon who improved somewhat, and had the Buccaneers in position to win the with two minutes left in the game.
On Monday, Smith was asked if he is contemplating a quarterback change after the up-and-down performance by Glennon on Sunday.
“We stand exactly where we stood last week,” Smith said. “We have two quarterbacks we feel good about playing. Josh was able to go through practice last week. We start practice again Wednesday like we always do. I never go over starting lineups or anything like that until the end of the week. If we were going to make a change, I wouldn’t talk about it an awful lot. The plan isn’t for that.
“I thought Mike did some good things yesterday. You’ll always like to have a couple of plays back. But the first thing I thought about as far as improving our ball club wasn’t, ‘ God, we have to make a change at the quarterback position.’
Smith was then asked if having more mobility with McCown might help the offense.
“Being able to run the ball will help our offense,” Smith said. “The one game that we won, we had the same guy in the pocket, for the most part, the same offensive line. I’m going to go back, we were one play away yesterday, one defensive stop late, one interception, one play earlier and we have a win. So we’re close, that’s what I’m saying. So to make drastic changes – we’re not. We didn’t start fast yesterday on either side of the football but we hung in there. We consider all things. We haven’t started the game plan for the Cleveland Brown yet, we’re just kind of cleaning up the video from the last game right now.”
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Let’s be honest here, neither QB isn’t going to make that much of a difference here. I know some people say “put Glennon behind a good OL and he’ll be much better” and I don’t disagree, but I don’t think this team will be much better.
I think Mike Glennon is an Andy Dalton type. Dalton has a good OL, a star WR with several good options to throw to. A solid running game and a great defense. But Dalton isn’t going to put the team on his back and win very often, he’s just not elite and I think Glennon is similar. He’s as good as the team around him. McCown…well he just got hot at the right time for Chicago last year.
If this team ends up in the top 2 or 3 (and at this point, I think they will) I think they have to seriously consider Mariota. I think he may be Cam Newton good (imo) and that kind of QB doesn’t need a superstar OL and running game to win, just a solid one.
Agreed with everything you said, except I see Mariota as having more of an A. Rodgers skillset from a physical and decision making standpoint, but a Flacco/E. Manning type personality. Does that sound good to anyone else, having an A. Rodgers skillset (accuracy, agility, speed, decision making) at the QB position?
lol…no. Let’s see, A rogers had years of being behind Farve. RG3, Collin K, Cam, Matt Ryan, and on and on. Everyone thought they were the next big thing and now look at them. Phillip Rivers is finally winning and why, TEAM not the QB ONLY. It is very rare to find an elite QB as many factors play into that. (Like consistent over achievement with optimal results) WE need a good TEAM. Glennon is serviceable, not great. You act like you know what you’re talking about with QB’s and the truth is none of us(including coaches) really know but the coaches have the best shot of getting it right because they have better intell. How about a better pass rush, better OL for running game, better corners and middle LB. Think we can win if we improve those? Ok, let’s get your QB you KNOW is the next coming like the other ones mentioned above and we can keep losing a complaining and tell all the coaches we know better than them…With all that said, good post..lol.
Let’s not just get Mariota, get the whole package. We will need a new OC and who would work better than Scott Frost at the University of Oregon. Frost, 39, is a young successful OC at who plays the up-tempo style of offense that resembles what I can make of what the Bucs wanted to do under Tedford.
Jeff Tedford, should he come back, could be given the old Jimmy Raye title of SR. Offensive Assistant and have him mentor the new young OC. Make the move transparent with the QB, OC, and the offense. Lessen the timeline to put your franchise QB on the field. The worst thing we could do is try to remake Mariota in a new system as the Bucs attempted to do with Freeman after the 2010 season.
Frost is a Chip Kelly protégé and is even a former Buc under Jon Gruden. He is ready to move to the next level and would make the perfect replacement for Tedford. The skill positions are already in place to bring that Oregon high octane offense to the Bucs. If we can’t stop other teams from scoring, then let’s outscore them. Let’s do something big and smart for a change! Go Bucs!
Do we know whether Tedford is gone or just out this year?
I’m tired of all the change. Gruden is the last coach to have more then 2 years and it’s been ridiculous. I think the turnover and bad drafting has been the cause of our misfortune. Glennon would be a serviceable QB, maybe even a good one. Getting Mariota, going 4-12 next year, and changing coaching staffs would again bring crap results. I don’t have the answer — as there are just too many problems — but changing coaches every two years is a HUGE part of the problem.
Lovie’s not going to show his hand here. But I know this much, we can be the 32nd ranked offense with Elmer Fudd at QB. We all know Lovie and Licht’s original plan was to have McCown as their high-paid starting QB. Unless they’ve devalued the veteran for the ill-advised throws the first three games (with an O-line that was perhaps worse than it is now), it’s only logical to conclude that McCown will be back under center as soon as he’s healed. Has Glennon done anything special enough to cause them to rethink their initial depth chart? Might not McCown’s mobility help? I’m not blaming Glennon for the poor offensive production because the real culprit lies elsewhere. But this team needs something to give it a spark. I know I’m burned out.
Glennon needs to be given every chance to become the future of this team. We have nothing to gain by pulling him. If he plays well and wins some games he stays. If he cannot win any games, we have to look for someone in the draft to help us.
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