Shaun Hill On Bucs’ RadarMarch 7th, 2014
Now, don’t get mad at Joe because the Bucs’ braintrust, led by coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jason Licht, talked openly about acquiring quarterbacks at the NFL Scouting Combine. If Joe mentioned this without attribution, the Mike Glennon Mob would go nuts and try to tell Joe the Bucs would be just as worse off with Matt Ryan.
Today, again, this news is coming from the Twitter feed of NFL insider Ian Rapoport of NFL.com and NFL Network fame.
Rapoport has his ear to the rail and has heard, yes, indeed, the Bucs are looking to sign a quarterback when the free agent dinner bell rings at 4 p.m. Tuesday. And one of two signal-callers they’re targeting is Lions QB Shaun Hill.
@RapSheet: Talked backup QBs on Total Access: Bucs are in the market for a backup. They’ll be looking at #Bears QB Josh McCown & #Lions QB Shaun Hill
Yes, Joe knows what you are thinking: Backup to who? Michael Vick? Glennon? Johnny Football? Derek Carr? Jimmy Garoppolo? Good, fair questions. Obviously, those will be answered in the coming months.
Joe has no issues — none! — with Lovie having a quarterback derby of sorts, and may the best man win. Joe thinks it is safe and fair to suggest that Lovie and Licht are not (yet) sold on a quarterback who led the Bucs to the basement of offenses in the NFL, No. 32 overall.
And just in case the anti-Matty Ice crowd is wondering, even with massive injuries to his offensive line and running backs (just like the Bucs) and even losing his No. 1 receiver (which the Bucs did not), Ryan carried the Dixie Chicks offense to No. 14 in the NFL.