The QB QuestionJanuary 6th, 2014
Lovie Smith will be peppered with questions for the first time as Bucs head coach/personnel chief today, and Joe is most curious to hear how Lovie talks about the quarterback position.
Lovie can direct the perception game all sorts of ways.
Will Lovie heap love on Mike Glennon and craft a perception/smokescreen for the rest of the NFL that Glennon is the man?
Joe would bet a few bucks on that. If the Bucs are looking to trade for a quarterback, score one in free agency, or trade up or down to draft one, then that’s what you want out there. You want to deal from a position of strength. You want teams to believe Glennon is beloved.
Yes, perhaps Lovie really is enamored with Glennon. But Joe wouldn’t wager on that being reality.
Or, Lovie could reference the “C” word — competition — while praising Glennon. That’s what Greg Schiano rolled out last year at this time, saying he was seeking competition at all positions, including quarterback, which signaled the beginning of the end for the sleepy, leaky, Rip Van Freeman era.
That kind of take sends a healthy message to the Bucs roster, and it doesn’t hurt your bargaining position on the market too much.
There’s also a chance Lovie distances himself from Glennon by saying he hasn’t evaluated the team yet. Of course, that would be baloney; there’s no way Lovie didn’t provide Team Glazer with detailed analysis of the quarterback position and the Bucs offense when he interviewed for the job.
Lovie also could deflect quarterback questions and opt to turn them into praise of his new quarterback-friendly offensive staff, specifically offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford and Marcus Arroyo.
Watch for how Lovie handles various versions of the QB question. Joe will break them down later.