“The Bucs Love This Guy”April 14th, 2014
The smoke continues to seep out of One Buc Palace, and the odor reveals the Bucs are hunting for a quarterback in next month’s draft. And some paid to read the smoke are convinced the target of the hunt is none other than Johnny Football.
Last week, a Houston sports radio bigshot whose father is an assistant offensive line coach for the Cardinals thinks Bucs general manager Jason Licht and coach Lovie Smith have a crush on Johnny Football the way Joe does for Rachel Watson. Now comes another source saying basically the same thing. In a recent BSPN “Football Today” podcast, NFL analyst Matt Williamson claims he’s learned Lovie is lovestruck by Johnny Football.
Robert Flores: I was surprised when Manziel met with the New England Patriots but for some reason, I am even more surprised that the Tampa Bay Bucs are meeting with Manziel. Am I crazy?
Matt Williamson: It’s funny because very recently, I was told by a very reputable source that the Bucs love this guy and I almost fell out of my chair. I thought Lovie was going to be the most — not to say “boring.” He never has a flashy quarterback. He wants to win with defense and Cover-2 and is not going to alter things too much and have a good running game. We don’t want a big risk-taker at quarterback. But Lovie has been out of the league for a year. Maybe he is looking at things a little different?
That shocked me. I was told they won’t pass on him at [No. 7], that he is a great player and [Josh] McCown could hold down the fort in the meantime. I don’t think anyone looks at McCown as the long-term answer or a franchise quarterback. … I would think it has something to do with movement skills for sure when things break down because I had to put two-and-two together with the [Bucs offensive coordinator Jeff] Tedford connection.
Think of some of the guys he coached: Aaron Rodgers, Akili Smith. Some really athletic guys on the college level — of course Akili Smith didn’t work out [in the NFL]. I could see why Tedford would like Manziel over [Mike] Glennon. I can see why any team would be enamored with Manziel. I am not critical here.
Notice earlier that Joe referred to “smoke?” The draft is still 24 days away. Look, Joe would do cartwheels down Central Ave. in St. Petersburg if the Bucs tagged Johnny Football with the No. 7 overall pick to lead them out of 12 long years of despair and zero playoff wins.
Joe’s a cynical type. All of this chatter of the Bucs in “love” with Johnny Football has Joe spooked that it’s just a massive smokescreen planted by Bucs operatives.