“They’ve Gotta Think About The Future”March 20th, 2014
Lovieball brings Bucs fans a true throwback vibe, but it’s important to remember it’s a brand new regime with new attitudes.
Heck, Jeff Tedford is bringing an “up tempo” offense to Tampa Bay. (Dang, it seems like yesterday Jon Gruden was resisting the shotgun as if it were an STD.)
Lovie Smith has learned many NFL lessons, and former Bears lineman and longtime NFL Radio and FOX analyst Tim Ryan says Lovie will not ignore the uncertain future of his most important position.
Ryan lauded the Bucs’ free agency moves on FOX Sports Daily last night, and Ryan talked about how it sets the Bucs up to draft a quarterback with the No. 7 overall pick.
“And I love what they’ve done in free agency in filling voids with quality players. Good players they’ve put on his roster. I think if you look at them, though, they’ve inherited Mike Glennon. There’s no question about it that expectations are lukewarm on him. Josh McCown? I like the deal. He’s playing his best football. He’s going to be 35 years old in July. This is a five year deal for Lovie Smith. They’ve gotta think about the future,” Ryan said.
“If a quarterback falls to them now down at the No. 7 spot, one of the three [Teddy Bridgewater, Blake Bortles, Johnny Football], I would not be shocked if they took him. If one of the quarterbacks isn’t there, they don’t have a lot of picks in this draft, they could move down. They could still secure an offensive lineman, could get a corner, they could get a wide receiver, Marqise Lee. I think the Bucs are in good shape.”
Joe wholeheartedly agrees; Lovie is too smart to not pounce on a quarterback during the draft. If hand-picked Tedford identifies QBs he believes can become “franchise” guys, then Joe is confident the Bucs will snag one of them somewhere. They’d be foolish not to.
As for trading down and grabbing Southern Cal wide receiver Lee in the first round, Joe can’t argue with the need at receiver, or with the benefits of adding extra picks. Lee’s got a ton of speed and is versatile. Ronde Barber even chimed in on FOX identifying receiver as a potential early target for the Bucs.
And no, Joe doesn’t think Mike Williams is history. Joe just knows you need a lot more than two strong receivers to win in the modern NFL.