Glennon Impressed LovieJanuary 6th, 2014
Dressed in a fine navy suit this afternoon, Lovie Smith stood before media and shared his admiration of Mike Glennon the quarterback and talked about key leadership characteristics from the QB position.
Joe asked Lovie to detail the promise he sees in Glennon.
JoeBucsFan.com: As a fan, like you said you watched a lot of football, and in your limited time as Bucs head coach. Can you share maybe some of the specifics that you like about Mike Glennon and your impressions of him as a starting quarterback?
Lovie Smith: I think we’ll talk about the physical skill in a second. I think as a quarterback you have to command respect. I’m not talking the guy that’s going to scream and yell. That’s good if you have that personality. But I’m talking about the guy that commands it by, you know, his action. Mike was one of the first guys here early, walked in looked me, you know, straight in the eye and said, ‘Hey, Coach, I don’t know about the rules, but when can we get started?” I mean that’s a good start right away this time of the year.
What I see and what I like from him a little bit, first off, he’s a prototype. I wouldn’t say prototype, he’s a little bit taller than a prototype quarterback. But just strong arm. He had great pocket presence to me. Mike won’t win a 10-yard sprint probably, maybe not a 40-yard sprint, but he can move around in the pocket good enough. Make smart decisions. But he can move around in the pocket good enough. Make smart decisions. And there’s nothing like having that experience he was able to get his rookie year. So excited about going forward with him.
Before answering another question, Lovie then rolled into a general take that his staff will evaluate the roster to determine “exactly what direction we need to go” at all positions.
Bucs fans will see what comes next. Joe would be stunned if Lovie doesn’t find legitimate competition for Glennon, if not a replacement.