Lovie’s Backing: A Kiss Of Death?May 9th, 2014
Yes, Joe is at One Buc Palace today waiting for the arrival of new wide receiver Big Mike Evans. And the echoes of Lovie Smith’s endorsement of backup quarterback Mike Glennon as the future of the Bucs is still bouncing off the walls.
To be polite, it’s a head scratcher. One would be hard-pressed to find such a strong endorsement for a quarterback who led the Bucs to the worst offense in the NFL and was benched by Lovie.
Color Mark Cook of Pewter Report skeptical. The Bucs beat writer has heard Lovie’s endorsements of Buccaneers players, only to see those same players pack their bags and leave town days after Lovie’s verbal pat on the back.
Smith is not above bluffing like a high stakes poker player. In his initial press conference back in January, he told the media that cornerback Darrelle Revis had a place in the Buccaneers defense. Yet during the opening week of free agency in March, Revis was released by the Buccaneers in a salary cap-cutting move.
At the NFL owners meetings in Orlando in March, Smith implied to the media that troubled wide receiver Mike Williams would not be released or traded. Less than two weeks later, Williams was a member of the Buffalo Bills, after being traded for a sixth-round draft pick. …
How serious Smith is about his statement that Glennon is “our quarterback of the future” is yet to be determined, but the answer could come sooner rather than later. With five more draft picks left in the next six rounds, the Buccaneers could still take a quarterback. Carr, Garoppolo and Georgia’s Aaron Murray were all still available late Thursday evening and one could be drafted by Tampa Bay in the second round on Friday night.
That’s just it. Lovie has two years to add a quarterback. Josh McCown’s contract is but for two years.
Lovie’s words seem mixed. He brags about Glennon but loved him so much he benched him and went out and got a journeyman with scant success. McCown seems to be everything Lovie said he was. But if Glennon is really that good, why sign McCown to a two-year, $10 million pact (this season is guaranteed).