NCAA FOOTBALL: NOV 02 Miami at Florida StateThe great debate on what the Buccaneers will do with the overall No. 1 pick is becoming more and more clear, as Tampa Bay head coach Lovie Smith told the media on Wednesday morning at a breakfast at the NFL owners meeting, that team is leaning one way.

“Odds are, we’re going to go a certain direction. But we don’t have to make this decision and you wait until you have to,” Smith said to Rick Stroud from the Tampa Bay Times. “We would feel very comfortable, though, picking one of the (QBs).”

Smith said he has no problems with Winston.

“Everything checks out on him, too … the guy can complete every throw,” Smith said. “A lot has been said about his football intelligence. He’s just a leader.”

While most feel Tampa Bay will take Winston, former Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota is still in the equation as well. On Wednesday morning Smith dispelled the notion that Mariota is too timid.

“People say he’s quiet. He hasn’t been quiet around us. Bright, confident,” Smith said. “Of course we know about his athletic ability. We’ve done a lot of research on him and he’s going to be a good player in the league.”

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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

well since they have done nothing about picking up another seasoned/older QB, it’s pretty obvious they are picking a QB. They’re not kidding anybody.

macabee
macabee
6 years ago

Horse, I’ve been reading your posts today and you seem to think they made trade the pick or that they’re uncomfortable with either QB. I think they should let the process play and proceed with caution, but I’m not sensing that at this point they have any concerns. And as for Winston, I think they are making a point of it to say they have no problems and they’ve done unprecedented research. I agree to keep options open, but I don’t see any red flags. Do you still? Rick Stroud ‏@NFLSTROUD 4h4 hours ago Smith: “We feel comfortable who Jameis… Read more »

Horse
Horse
Reply to  macabee
6 years ago

Macabee; I have been for a trade down or pick our other need which is DE for a long time. If we must pick a QB I would choose Winston push come to shove. I’m guessing here because the inside source I was listening to has moved on and is no longer employed by the Bucs. I think the Bucs are trying to get comfortable with Winston and I think the door has been opened a little more to consider a trade or pick a can’t miss DE.

scubog
scubog
Reply to  Horse
6 years ago

Gee Horse, I hope your mole didn’t get the boot for leaking information to you.

Horse
Horse
Reply to  scubog
6 years ago

scubog; of course not. Actually it came via my son from his friend. Her/his group was replaced as the Bucs went another way in the information/communication arena. My guesses at this point is as good as yours. It sure appears we are going Winston. I’ll support it. I listened to Coach Smith 102.22 minutes breakfast interview and really enjoyed it. He was a lot more open than in the past. Duh. It’s Winston.

Roland
Roland
6 years ago

LOVIE “That’s one part, you say ‘What can improve?’ ” Smith said. “Us getting him on proper nutrition. Lifting. Getting him in the weight room. When I say he’s an immature athlete, he hasn’t a chance to really develop his body. You say, ‘Jameis, what are you least proud of?’ He’ll say, ‘The 40-yard dash. I was embarrassed.’ ” MY OPINION Yeah, he was at FSU, had some of the best Coaches and facilities in the country and will be a millionaire… But now he’s going to stay fit and work hard and keep his nose clean. And not throw… Read more »

surferdudes
surferdudes
6 years ago

This franchise will no longer be a laughing stock after we draft Jameis. If you know anything about football you should know you always have a chance if you have a good QB. Ask any team in the AFC east who doesn’t have Tom Brady. If you know anything about football put on the tape of Winstons 26-1 record in games played. Watch him throw the TD pass to win the college title as a freshman, watch him accept the Heisman. Winston is the pick, and he’s just the shot in the arm this franchise needs. I love the pick,… Read more »

cgmaster27
cgmaster27
Reply to  surferdudes
6 years ago

I love your fire Surferdudes! It’s all good, if we end up selecting Jameis, which everyone knows I think we will, things will come around once the wins start coming in.