Brian Hoyer, Jameis Winston And The BucsFebruary 16th, 2017
Team Glazer, Jason Licht and Dirk Koetter have philosophical decisions to make.
First, they must decide whether they will pursue every possible angle to enhance the football intelligence and development of America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston.
If so — and it should be a no-brainer — then the Bucs need a new backup quarterback. The guy would be a veteran QB who can challenge Jameis’ perspective and knowledge — and a guy who can still win a couple of football games if necessary.
Ryan Griffin, the QB collecting a paycheck as the Bucs’ No. 3 the last past two seasons, is not that guy. No chance.
Joe’s going to take a wild guess and say Jameis already has learned as much as he’s ever going to from Griffin, who spent chunks of two seasons behind Drew Brees with the Saints.
Mike Glennon is likely gone in free agency (though he’d be wise to take a long-term backup deal from the Bucs) and the Bucs should look for an A-list backup.
And that goes back to the approach of Team Glazer, Licht and Koetter. If the Bucs believe they’re a playoff contender, then shouldn’t they upgrade at the No. 2 QB slot?
Griffin has never taken a regular-season snap. Why put a playoff-caliber team (if the Bucs brass believes that) in that potential situation when it’s unnecessary?
Brian Hoyer is about to hit free agency. The 31-year-old journeyman was 6-8 as an backup starter for the Bears and Texans (combined) over the past two seasons. In 2014, he won seven games with the Browns — the Browns! — an amazing feat.
Hoyer, 31, spent three years with Tom Brady and has been on five teams. He’s also a fiery competitor.
There’s no doubt in Joe’s mind that Hoyer is the kind of guy who would benefit 23-year-old Jameis. And, yes, it’s still all about Jameis.