“Hard To Judge A Guy In His Rookie Year”January 25th, 2014
Just like Lovie Smith, new Bucs general manager Jason Licht is non-committal about who his starting quarterback will be in 2014.
ProFootballTalk.com guru Mike Florio phrased the inevitable QB question to Licht this week with a little bit of a twist, and Licht’s response will soothe both Mike Glennon Mob members and those who prefer a starter with more talent.
Mike Florio: Is your starting quarterback in the building, or possibly out there somewhere else?
Jason Licht: We’ll, we’re going to have to come together with our evaluations of the team and unfortunately I’ve only had a couple of hours to really dig into this. So I need to continue doing that over the next few days, next week and then get together with Lovie and figure out where we are together. But I will tell you this, I’m impressed with the young kid at quarterback. And I think he’s got three things that you look for in a quarterback: you know, he’s an accurate passer, and he’s very smart, and he’s very tough. So, you know, it’s hard to judge a guy in his rookie year.
Well, that was interesting if not a little confusing. Licht says Glennon is “accurate” and “smart” and “tough,” and then in the next breath he says “it’s hard to judge a guy in his rookie year.”
Jiminy Christmas! If it’s hard to judge a QB in his rookie year, then it must be brutal to pick one out of college.
Joe thoroughly respects that Lovie and Licht, along with offensive coordinator/quarterback guru Jeff Tedford, have a lot of evaluation work to do together.
However, Joe’s certain these men have strong opinions on Mike Glennon right now. Lovie and Tedford likely started studying Glennon months ago, and Licht during his days at quarterback-challenged Arizona was scouting Glennon deeply.
Joe can only be sure of one thing: the new regime will bring in legitimate competition for Glennon this offseason. (You can enjoy Licht’s entire interview below.)