Lovie: Bucs QBs A StrengthMarch 31st, 2014
It’s March and nearly April. In the NFL calendar, there are four seasons: preseason, regular season and postseason. The fourth? That’s this time of the year. The season of smoke.
Teams, readying for the draft, are as willing to blow smoke or erect smokescreens as much as anything. It’s both understandable, and frustrating. Joe hopes Lovie Smith was involved in major smoke-blowing and public support for his players when he went on record to Woody Cummings of the Tampa Tribune saying, well, Bucs quarterbacks are a team strength.
Smith might stand alone with his opinion. At the very least, he figures to be in the minority. But he bases his judgment on the faith he has not only in projected starter Josh McCown but in projected backup Mike Glennon.
“I have evaluated Josh quite a bit, and (he is) a 34-year-old guy who doesn’t have a lot of wear and tear on his body and he’s a very good athlete,’’ Smith said. “He won’t get the credit for being the athlete that he is.
“I mean, he brings mobility to the position. And he makes good decisions. So when we went looking for a quarterback, I (said), ‘Who is available that I think can help us win football games,’ and what Josh displayed last year was that.’’
No, Joe isn’t convinced (yet) the Bucs do not have the fourth-best quarterback in the four-team NFC South. And we all know what kind of a steep hill that is to overcome.
(Will sober people just knock off the nonsense about the Seahawks! Last Joe checked, the Seahawks didn’t exactly have Dieter Brock starting at quarterback).
Now Joe is willing to hope Josh McCown is the Bucs’ version of Rich Gannon, a late bloomer. But as Bobby Knight infamously stated, “hope” is a dirty four-letter word. If Bucs offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford can work the same magic in the NFL as he did for his college quarterbacks, then McCown could very well lead the Bucs to a turnaround.
Time will tell. The May draft seems like a year away right now on baseball’s true opening day. The regular season feels like a decade away.