Gregg Rosenthal Talks To JoeFebruary 6th, 2014
There were some 6,600 people credentialed to cover festivities during the week leading up to the Super Bowl and many were at the Prudential Center in frozen Newark to cover Media Day. As you know, Joe was there.
So too was Gregg Rosenthal. The NFL.com scribe leads the team responsible for the site’s news blog, “Around the League,” and was kind enough to give Joe a few brief moments in his extremely busy day to talk Bucs. Rosenthal has some very intelligent and interesting takes on popular subjects related to the Bucs.
JoeBucsFan: A common theory states if you have the worst quarterback in your division, then you are SOL. Can Mike Glennon, somehow, someway become the No. 3 quarterback in the NFC South?
Gregg Rosenthal: Not this year. I don’t think [the Bucs] are out of luck because of that. The 49ers and Seahawks have great young quarterbacks but [each] might be the fourth-best quarterback in that division, too. That’s how good that division is. That team is so talented that I think they can win in different ways and I think Mike Glennon has a chance to be very good, anyway. I think he has a chance of being an above-average starting quarterback.
Joe: With the Bucs’ talent – Joe finds it funny that everyone says they have talent yet Mark Dominik was let go – specifically on defense with a stud on each level – Gerald McCoy up front, Lavonte David at linebacker and Darrelle Revis in the secondary – could Lovie Smith have the NFL seeing a return to the old Bucs defense?
Rosenthal: It should be or that’s a disappointment. That’s why [Greg] Schiano got fired. If they are a top-10 defense, he is still there and they should have been. He [was] a defensive coach and he didn’t maximize their talent. Lovie never figured out how to coach offense. But his defenses were always great. Look, if [Lovie] doesn’t have a top-10 defense next year, something is wrong.
Joe: Bucs offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford is a big question. He has had some success in college. But a lot of his pupils did not have success in the NFL. What is your view, you think he will adapt?
Rosenthal: I don’t think it matters that his pupils didn’t do well. If anything that shows he did a good job of coaching them up in college. It is always a question when a guy who doesn’t have a ton of NFL experience becomes a coordinator. Mike Sullivan, he didn’t have a lot of experience as a coordinator and that didn’t work out too well. Chip Kelly and other college coaches have shown – look, if you are a good coach, it translates. If [Tedford] is a good coach, he will translate [to the NFL]. A lot of college coaches didn’t work out because they wouldn’t have worked out in the first place, not because they are from college.