Glennon Is The Right Price For Lovie’s DefenseFebruary 1st, 2014
Bucs icon John Lynch was on New York sports radio this week talking about the Monte Kiffin/Rod Marinelli Cowboys defense, which is Lovie Smith’s defense — the one Tampa Bay hopes will return it to the promised land.
It’s an expensive defense, Lynch explained.
Lynch made the telling point on WFAN-AM 660, and Joe’s confident the Mike Glennon Mob — and Glennon himself — will be happy to hear it.
“The hard part in that system, we’ve seen it with the New York Giants, when you start paying your quarterback big-time, it’s hard to go pay five, six, seven pass rushers, and that’s what you need in that system. And they’re expensive. It does hamstring you. When you do play that 4-3, you need multiple [pass rushers]. That’s what [Rod and Lovie] had in Chicago,” Lynch said.
Jiminy Christmas!! “Five, six, seven pass rushers?” The Bucs maybe have two in the house right now.
As Joe’s written several times, there’s no way Lovie doesn’t make a bold move to improve the Bucs’ defensive end play. No head coach worth a darn is going to review game film of Adrian Clayborn, Da’Quan Bowers, Daniel Te’O-Nesheim and Will Gholston and walk away grinning. And Lovie’s the same guy who coughed up a second round pick to the Bucs for Gaines Adams, and he bought Julius Peppers for record cash when Adams didn’t produce.
If the Bucs stick with Glennon at quarterback, then they are guaranteed plenty of financial flexibility, money to buy pass rushers now and give Gerald McCoy a new contract next offseason.
Glennon is set to earn less than $600,000 in 2014, and less than $700,000 in 2015 and 2016. His salary is a factor worth considering. Glennon comes cheap, but so would a rookie first-round pick, thanks to the rookie salary cap.
Keep in mind that Lovie already told fans that you don’t need offense to win 10 games. Lovie may very well choose to invest heavily now in his defense and build the rest of the empire from there.