Posted February 20, 2014

Lovie Smith says Buccaneers ‘have to consider’ taking a quarterback with No. 7 pick

2014 Scouting Combine, NFC South, NFL Draft, NFL draft 2014, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Lovie Smith Lovie Smith isn't ruling out anything in his first draft as head coach of the Buccaneers.

Lovie Smith isn’t ruling out anything in his first draft as head coach of the Buccaneers. (Chris O’Meara/AP)

INDIANAPOLIS — NFL head coaches often want the opportunity to handpick their starting QB after taking a new job, and Lovie Smith may take that approach in Tampa Bay — even with Mike Glennon already in the fold.

Glennon started 13 games for the Buccaneers last season, posting surprisingly solid numbers (19 touchdowns, nine interceptions and 2,608 yards). He completed at least 24 passes in each of his first four starts, then later led a 4-1 stretch to move Tampa Bay from the lingering danger of an 0-16 season.

Smith, who addressed the media at the combine Thursday afternoon, told the Tampa Bay Times, though, that the Buccaneers “have to consider” a quarterback with the No. 7 overall pick in May.

“I know enough about that draft to know, yeah, there’s someone that would be worthy of the seventh pick because everything is on the board right now,” Smith told the Times. “Mike did some good things. But he did some good things as a rookie. To say right now that Mike is the answer and he’s our quarterback of the future and we’re going to build around him and give him a 20-year contract right now, you’re not there.

“You just like the things he brings to the table. Strong arm. Great guy. He is a guy that seems like he doesn’t have an offseason because he has been working his butt off in the facility. But again, I just know I like him on the football team as one of our quarterbacks right now. As you mentioned, we have just two quarterbacks signed. We’re going to have at least four in camp, at least one guy will be in the mix and you can let that all play out.”

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The other QB currently on the Tampa Bay roster is Mike Kafka, a 2010 fourth-round pick of the Eagles who has 16 career regular-season pass attempts under his belt. The working assumption was that Glennon would head into training camp as the Buccaneers’ No. 1 QB, possibly with a not-yet-signed veteran behind him.

“I like what Mike Glennon did [in 2013],” Smith said here. “The way he was able to step in, especially as a rookie, is not easy to do.”

Wide receiver actually has been a popular pick for Tampa Bay with that seventh overall pick in mock drafts — the offense could use another top-tier weapon alongside Vincent Jackson.

Smith might be willing to throw a wrench into Round 1. Of course, there’s also the possibility that part of his strategy in making those comments was to convince a team below Tampa Bay (Minnesota, perhaps) that a coveted QB could be gone before their pick rolls around.

If nothing else, Smith may have put Glennon on notice that he will not be handed the starting job.

14 comments
jbc123
jbc123

Doesn't make any difference who they draft, this guy can't coach. No chance. 

The_truth_hurts
The_truth_hurts

Lovie was a failure in CHI and he will be a failure in TB.

JohnnyNacho
JohnnyNacho

Lovie spending legitimate resources on offense?  This is a joke,  right.....

HarshRealities
HarshRealities

It is the lying season for NFL execs. The Bucs have much greater needs than a QB. They need 2 pass rushing DE's, an impact LB opposite David, a stretch the field WR and a whole bunch of offensive linemen.

CousinVinny75
CousinVinny75

If you read between the lines this means at a bare minimum Lovie Smith isn't opposed to a veteran QB coming in and challenging Glennon for that starting job


So if no rookie QB at pick #7,  it may mean #7 Mike Vick may be back in the NFC South.



kdbarbershop
kdbarbershop

You try winning with Culter! Werent the Bears 10-6 in Lovies last year? Yeah he sucks!

gyffesme
gyffesme

@The_truth_hurts Failure? His record was slightly above average, with one NFC championship and several Good seasons, all with crap for QB. Hardly a failure.

Hendo
Hendo

@PackersFanNumeroUno  You love trolling Bucs sights, don't you? What have the Packers done lately?  If they didn't play in such a horrible division we would never hear a word from them.

The_truth_hurts
The_truth_hurts

@gyffesme @The_truth_hurts  Anything less than a championship is a failure, Bears fans will agree, I'm sure they are sick of having to resort to watching VHS tapes of the 85 Bears.

AF Whigs
AF Whigs

@The_truth_hurts:  Anything less than a championship is a "failure"?  Wow.  Way to set realistic expectations for your team.