Greg Cosell Talks To JoeFebruary 24th, 2014
The NFL Scouting Combine was a Who’s Who of NFL elite. Not just NFL coaches and general managers but some of the most intelligent football minds were wandering around.
Joe tried to interview as many as he could and as many who were willing to chat on the record. One of those intelligentsia is Greg Cosell of NFL Films. The guy breaks down tape and discusses it in such a smart way that Joe is jealous beyond words.
Joe got Cosell to talk about Lovie Smith, Adrian Clayborn and every Bucs fan’s favorite subject, Mike Glennon.
JoeBucsFan: Was the hiring of Lovie Smith the elixir the Bucs needed?
Greg Cosell: I think Lovie Smith is a very good coach who brings stability and continuity to a team.
Joe: With Lovie being such a good defensive coach, it doesn’t seem like the Bucs will have a hard time developing a good defense. Any decent coach would love to have guys like Gerald McCoy up front, Lavonte David in the second level and Darrelle Revis in the secondary.
Cosell: That’s a really good foundation and they have really good players at all three levels for their defense. The Bucs are a team that actually has a good amount of talent. This is a really good job. Lovie is stepping into a pretty good situation and a lot of good players. I guess the one thing you might say is they might be looking for would be the pure pass rusher, especially if [Lovie] would stick methodologywise with the Tampa-2 scheme. If he sticks with that as his overriding foundation, then he needs someone with the overriding possibility to rush the quarterback effectively with [only] your four down linemen. I really like Adrian Clayborn as a player. I wouldn’t call him a pure pass rusher. So they may need that guy. That’s the one they would be missing to really run that scheme effectively.
Joe: It seems like Clayborn was misused with all sorts of stunts.
Cosell: Why do you think that is?
Joe: Partially because Clayborn wasn’t fully recovered from knee surgery?
Cosell: Well, let’s walk through this. If you don’t believe he is a dominant outside pass rusher, which he is not, so what do you then do? You scheme pressure. And that’s what they did. They did absolutely the right thing. Does it always work? Of course not. I try to understand why they did that. They were trying to create pressure. They didn’t have ends who could rush the quarterback to win one-on-one. I try to understand the process.
Joe: Though people like Gil Brandt and others seem to think Mike Glennon has a future as the Bucs quarterback, there are a number of Bucs fans who want to throw him overboard.
Cosell: How many games has he played?
Joe: A grand total of 13 games.
Cosell: Well there you go. Mike Glennon, hands down, had the best year of any rookie quarterback. I would argue that Mike Glennon played well, under the circumstances. I would argue that he was an effective rookie quarterback. The problem with rookie quarterbacks like Mike Glennon is now there is a sense that the league has transitioned to runaround players. And because Mike Glennon is not a runaround player, he is somehow a lesser quarterback. The only problem with that is the best quarterbacks in the NFL are not runaround players.
Joe: To his defense, Mike Glennon played with a hand tied behind his back. Wide receivers had injuries. Running backs had injuries. The offensive line struggled.
Cosell: I don’t think Vincent Jackson had that great of year. He dropped a lot of balls.
Joe: He was also swarmed by defensive backs.
Cosell: Yes, so I don’t understand the concern with Mike Glennon. I think if you are evaluating Mike Glennon, you would say he showed a lot of the attributes that you look for in NFL quarterbacks. I could show you plays he threw with great anticipation and great accuracy, the kinds of things you look for. I think Mike Glennon has a chance to be a very good NFL quarterback.