Anointing And Stockpiling QuarterbacksFebruary 21st, 2014
After spending 20+ minutes listening to Bucs general manager Jason Licht Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine held inside (thankfully) toasty Lucas Oil Stadium in temporarily warm Indianapolis (not warm today), Joe is sure Mike Glennon is going to get some company.
Licht spoke at length about Glennon and quarterbacks in general.
Licht likes a lot of things Glennon did last year but won’t “anoint” him as the Bucs’ franchise quarterback because, in short, a team cannot or should not fully judge a quarterback with that small of a sample size.
“There are a lot of positions where we don’t want to anoint as a starter,” Licht said. “We want competition for Mike. When you evaluate him off of last year, we had injuries at receiver. We had injuries at running back. We had an offensive line that didn’t play as well as they would have liked. I mean, we were 4-12 last year.
“You throw in the fact that he was a backup at the beginning of the season and getting thrown out there in the fire, there is a lot to still evaluate. You don’t get a fair picture of him like just off the tape. He will get every chance to be a starter.”
Then, Licht began to talk about what a reporter deemed “stockpiling” of quarterbacks and Licht seemed to believe in the Seahawks way, one that embraces having an arsenal of potential starting quarterbacks and letting the best man win.
“Yes, I think so,” Licht said. “I think you can’t have too many good quarterbacks. I have been fortunate to be with the Patriots where we took Tom Brady in the sixth round. It worked in Arizona with Kurt Warner. I wasn’t with the team (then) but you can get quarterbacks at all levels of the draft.
“It is not just to draft a quarterback just to draft them. If there is a player you believe in that you think has a legitimate chance to be a starter, a developmental starter, you can’t have too many of them. You are not just picking five quarterbacks to be on your roster. If you believe in them, then you should never pass.”
Later when asked about his preferred features of a quarterback, Licht noted that if a quarterback does not have some form of elusiveness, then that quarterback better have some special talents in other forms.
“It’s a big, big bonus. It’s a big, big bonus,” Licht said of a mobile quarterback. “You know, [Tom] Brady he isn’t the most athletic but he has tremendous poise. So you have to make up for [lack of mobility] with something else if you don’t have that athleticism. It’s a big, big bonus.”
After listening to Licht and just reading the tea leaves, two works spring to mind when the third day of the draft begins in May: Jimmy Garoppolo.