McCown “Not The Long-Term Solution”April 9th, 2014
Joe knows Bucs fans love to talk quarterbacks. Joe does, too. Whether it’s leaky, sleepy Rip Van Freeman or the Mike Glennon Mob or Johnny Football, few things get Bucs fans more worked up.
A guy with a white cane can see the Bucs will very likely be taking a quarterback at some time during the three-day Christmas in May celebration of NFL fans, otherwise known as the NFL draft.
Joe found it very interesting yesterday when Joe asked Mike Glennon if it was set in stone he would be the backup, or can he still win the starting job if he blew up this summer in training camp and preseason. Glennon responded saying to ask Lovie Smith, in so many words.
The question clearly touched a raw nerve with the usually easy-going Glennon. It sure doesn’t smell like Glennon is a short-term solution.
Then enter journeyman Josh McCown, who signed to a two-year, $10 million pact. McCown, 34, comes in with more bad NFL years than good.
Clearly, those are signs of the Bucs drafting a quarterback, not to mention all the interviews and scheduled visits the team has had with quarterbacks in the draft. Even Bucs general manager Jason Licht, the rookie Bucs front office shot-caller, told Judy Battista that not too far down the road, McCown won’t be barking signals for the Bucs.
The signing of the 34-year-old McCown “took care of two needs,” Licht said. “We wanted to upgrade the overall unit, and also put Mike Glennon in the best position to ascend. Even Josh McCown knows he’s not the long-term solution at quarterback at his age. But he has such a great reputation. He is an incredible resource as a leader and as a teacher.”
It is fairly clear at this point, Bucs coach Lovie Smith and Licht aren’t totally sure what they have in Glennon. Then, Licht goes on record stating McCown is not long-term (given his age, 34, that’s not an outrageous statement).
For no other reason, the Bucs at least will draft a quarterback as protection, a guy L&L hand-pick. A guy who could be the future, depending on what happens in the near-future with McCown and Glennon.