Lovieball Overhaul Spells Doom For GlennonMarch 12th, 2014
After today’s free-agency madness, the Bucs could have a whopping 10 new veteran faces on the roster. And Lovie Smith and Jason Licht are just getting started.
If you’re playing the free-agency home game and keeping score, the 2014 Bucs bounty is as follows:.
They’ve upgraded their pass rush in a huge way at defensive tackle and defensive end (Clinton McDonald and Michael Johnson), added Pro Bowl cornerback Alterraun Verner (albeit to replace a better cornerback, Darrelle Revis) and brought in an average, durable starting tight end in Brandon Myers.
Next up on today’s menu, if deals get done, are QB Josh McCown, veteran backup LT/RT Anthony Collins, former Bears legendary returner Devin Hester, Chicago Pro Bowl (in 2012) defensive tackle Henry Melton, who’s coming off a blown ACL, wounded 33-year-old Bears cornerback star Charles “Peanut” Tillman, and Packers starting center Evan Dietrich-Smith.
For good measure, the Bucs also re-signed versatile guard Jamon Meredith. The man who quietly starred in 2012 as the right-guard starter for Davin Joseph got a two-year deal. And the Bucs kept cornerback Danny Gorrer and returner/WR Eric Page.
Coming soon, an official dumping of Darrelle Revis, finding a No. 3 receiver and further upgrades.
Joe can’t help but think all this swift change spells doom for Mike Glennon. Hell, after Lovie and Licht rained down so much love, respect and desire for Revis, Joe now has to question whatever guarded praise of Glennon they offered previously. There’s just no way Lovie is going to attach his career to Glennon. No. 8 doesn’t have enough talent to win that nod.
And Joe can’t stomach the notion that quarterbacks guru Jeff Tedford was hired as offensive coordinator, a job he’ll really only get two seasons to prove himself in, and the Bucs won’t draft the quarterback he believes will lead them to the promised land.