The Bucs And Johnny: “Perfect Fit”

March 16th, 2014
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Growing buzz places a top QB prospect at the Bucs’ feet

This isn’t Joe’s quote, it’s from one of the three big cheese NFL Network draft gurus, Daniel Jeremiah, the former NFL scout.

Jeremiah spoke on the recent “Path to the Draft” show Thursday.

“We’ve heard a lot about the Browns, we’ve heard a lot about the Jaguars. But I think you slide down to pick No. 7 and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I think that’s a perfect fit for him,” Jeremiah said. “You’ve got a good running game behind you in Doug Martin. I love what Jason Licht has done in his first season with the team, very aggressive in free agency to fill a lot of holes.”

“I think they have a luxury here. You’ve got [Josh] McCown here at quarterback so he could play to start them off and then eventually you can slide in Johnny Football and go.”

There’s growing buzz that the Browns will use their second pick in the first round and take Fresno State QB Derek Carr. The key point is they’ll pass on drafting a QB with their No. 3 overall pick. Many believe either the Texans (No. 1) or Jaguars (No.3) will take a quarterback (not both) and the Raiders and Falcons won’t go QB, either.

And that scenario likely would leave either Teddy Bridgewater or Johnny Football sitting there for the Bucs.

Oh, the next 7 1/2 weeks are going to be filled with excellent fantasies for Joe.

Hopefully, the Bucs will never have this good a draft position again under Lovie Smith. They need a QB for the future. This year should be their best shot to score a first-round superstar.

68 Responses to “The Bucs And Johnny: “Perfect Fit””

  1. Sharkcoasttactical.com Says:

    I’m with you joe!

  2. PRBucFan Says:

    Make the most of those fantasies, cause that’s all there going to be.

  3. berserker Says:

    Sorry Rachel Watson. Joe has replaced you with Johnny Football

  4. Stevek (MGM) Says:

    Joe,

    What do you make of Johnny Football sharing Agents with Rip Van Freeman? Does this hurt our chances of drafting him?

  5. Mike Parr Says:

    I couldn’t agree with DJ more. This is the perfect spot for Manziel. And Joe, Im with you. This may be a fantasy but that’s what the months leading up to the draft are all about, right?

  6. Dick2111 Says:

    I’m confident that the Bucs will draft a QB in one of the first 3 rounds, and that they already have their eye on whoever that is. Don’t believe it’s Manziel or Bridgewater however. Possibly Bortles, possibly Carr, but I doubt it’s even one of those two. My guess is that in the first 3 rounds they’ll select an OL, a WR plus a QB. Key word in that statement is ‘guess’ however; only Lovie and Licht and Tedford know for sure who they want to target.

  7. Eric Says:

    Can’t wait for the Number 2 jersey to come out.

    They will be flying off the racks.

    Cha Ching Cha Ching Glazer Boys. Make it happen!

    RJS will be a’rockin!!!!!!

  8. Orca Says:

    If I were a betting man, I’d say they’d pass on Johnny Sportsball. Not everyone in the NFL is sold on him. In fact an informal anonymous poll of NFL QB coaches conducted recently revealed that no less than 17 of them prefer Derek Carr to Jimmy Dodgeball. Based on the “controlled” and detail oriented offense that Tedford runs, I think they would be less interested in a sandlot style player like Fruity Fruitball. Joe, you need to give it up. You’re pushing the issue beyond reasonable limits and you are bound to be disappointed. Seriously. Juicy Fruitballs will not be playing in a Bucs uniform.

  9. Jordan Says:

    Sorry Joe, Jason Licht was the college scout for the Patriots when they selected Tom Brady in the 6th round. He is 1 for 1 in finding franchise QB’s and that QB was a value pick in the 6th round.

  10. Buc1987 Says:

    This is great for Joe and bad for the rest of us. Joe gets to learn first hand what exactly a Heisman bust looks and sounds like all while getting picked on like I did with Vinny.

    The rest of us get dragged along through the mud that will follow.

  11. Buc1987 Says:

    Eric I’m not buying ANY of these ugly uniforms. I don’t care if Br-ady is wearing one.

  12. Hawk Says:

    I wouldn’t preclude *any* team from taking a QB. With the season that Matty Ice just had, he certainly didn’t show that ‘wow’ factor. Nor did he raise the play of the other members of his team. It’s possible that last season, he was the 4th best QB in the NFCSouth. Will the Falcons take a chance on missing a ‘franchise’ QB, if one is there. They certainly don’t expect to be drafting this high again any time soon.

  13. rawr Says:

    We will draft Teddy.Have u ever seen Johny throwing the ball?

  14. Buc1987 Says:

    Of course I will be willing to eat plenty of crow if Manziel pans out, but I don’t think I will need any utensils at all. If he drops to 7 and they draft him, I will have no choice but to become a bigger Johnny Football fan than Joe Why, because that’s how I roll.

  15. Architek Says:

    I’m not against any of these scenarios, I like Teddy more than Joes Texas boy Toy!

  16. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Blow-up life size dolls of Johnny Football now on sale…(including package)

  17. JamesrunningWilder Says:

    Derek Carr will be the Bucs First Pick. If for some reason he selected Before their First Selection, they will Target Garappolo.

  18. gotbbucs Says:

    I’m gonna laugh like hell when Manziel is still on the board at pick 20. He should be the 3rd A&M player taken.

  19. Buc1987 Says:

    @Hawk…yes yes…I like how you think. Please stick around the threads for awhile.

  20. Eric Says:

    The people will come, for reasons they can’t even fathom……

  21. Harry Says:

    that would be so cool. Bucs fans could finally get excited about watching the team’s FIRST EVER franchise QB play on Sundays. It has been exciting at time in the past to watch the D play, and certain parts of the offense, like Doug Martin and VJ. And now hopefully a real QB. Bring on Teddy/Johnny!!!

  22. Buc1987 Says:

    gotbbucs…poor Joe if that happens.

  23. Buc1987 Says:

    Oh good lord Eric…people will come Ray.

  24. Buc1987 Says:

    I still think there is no franchise QB in the 1st round. I do however think there is diamond in the rough in this one that might be found in the later rounds.

  25. tickrdr Says:

    I am willing to bet that regardless of which team he plays for, that Johnny Manziel will not beat the rookie year stats of Mike Glennon. Even if he ends up here with a much better supporting cast than MG8 had. And I fully admit that I have never seem JM play.

    Specifically: 3 separate bets.

    1) his QBR (minimum of 300 attempts) will be less than 83.9 for 2014.
    2) his TD total will be less than 19 for his first thirteen games.
    3) his TD/INT ratio will be less than 19/9 .
    If he doesn’t play = I win the bet.

    tickrdr

  26. Bucs Fan Since '76 Says:

    Johnny Freakin’ Football baby!

  27. Pawel Says:

    Bucs will draft Brett Smith in later rounds, book this.

  28. Macabee Says:

    I have no idea if these folks know what they’re about, but I’m starting to see mocks with Bridgewater @ #7 and today I saw a mock with JF in the 2nd round.

    http://www.drafttek.com/2014-NFL-Mock-Draft-Round2.asp

  29. Rene Jack Says:

    Here we go again Joe w your boy crush. Enough of this nonsense. If Jeremiah was such a guru he would still be scouting for an nfl team, instead he is working for nfl network giving his insight. Jerimiah is as much of a “GURU” as Matt Millen. The Bucs would b making a huge mistake if this happens. You thought Mark Dominik was a “rock star”. I love ur website but your evaluation of talent is less to be desired!!!

  30. Rene Jack Says:

    You were also Saffolds jock. We all know how that panned out for the silver and black!!!

  31. Rene Jack Says:

    #AaronMurraywillbaBUC

  32. WalkdaPlank Says:

    No, if Mancrush doesn’t get past Glennon numbers it’s probably because he will be on IR before week 8 if he runs half as much as he did at A&M. Look at Vick, RGlll. Mancrush is smaller than those guys and plays more recklessly. Imagine JF running across the middle and getting blasted by Goldson or Barron. Or worse, getting blindsided by someone like Clowney or J.J Watt. Ugh.

  33. Bucs911 Says:

    It would be very interesting though to see Johnny and Martin together.

  34. Manzielski Says:

    Maybe, just maybe, they should pull the trigger on JF.

  35. Destinjohnny Says:

    joe if you go back and watch Johnny it was Mike Evans who made him shine.
    Johnny has some magic no doubt……

  36. tickrdr Says:

    My reasons for the bets only have to do with historical statistics. Over the last twenty years, only 7 of 51 QB’s drafted in the first round have had a QBR > 83.9 in their rookie years. Only 3 of 51 have thrown for as many as 19 TDs in their ROOKIE season. And only 1 of 51 has had a TD/INT ratio > MG8′s 19/9! I would be ahead on the bet even if we’re discussing the last consensus “franchise” QB, i.e. Andrew Luck.He did throw for 23 TDs over his 16 game rookie season, but also had 18 INT’s, while posting a rookie QB rating of 76.5. So he fails to win two of the three bets vs. MG8′s stats. The only QB drafted in the first round who would win all three of those bets is RG III during his rookie season. (QBR 102.4, 20 TDs, and only 5 INTs.

    tickrdr

  37. Danimal Says:

    If Joe Montanna with mobility is available you must take him.

    If he is gone hope mack is there.

    They will never take carr or barr in the first.

  38. SeanyMac in SC Says:

    No, no, no to Johnny “spoiled rotten” Football!

  39. Orca Says:

    Licht has hinted heavily that they have some franchise QBs in mind that may be available outside of the first round. I have a feeling that this is going to be their preference, since they’ve got McCown to hold down the fort for a year or two. That way they can draft WR, OL, DE, or LB with the earlier picks. The big 3 QBs might be a bit overrated… getting more and more of a sense as days pass that there isn’t as much interest in Bridgewater, Bortles, and Fruityball… It’s going to be hilarious to see Fruityball on the board in the second round and read Joe’s moaning about it when the Bucs pass on him twice!!!

  40. JBFstalkingjohnnyfootBALLS Says:

    Johnny’s Male Groupie club rejoice over any news of him. If Bucs stupid enough to fall for fools gold and draft him. You will hear male squealing we haven’t heard since the days of Tim Tebow days at Florida.

    Like I said before, bad teams like the Jags and Browns draft players like Manziel. If the Bucs draft this guy, they’ll be in the mix for Jameis Winston(If he doesn’t come out next season) and Christian Hackenberg in 2 years.

  41. Barry Says:

    Well in this case Joe, bad news. Your Father Dungy will most certainly endorse Bridgewater.

  42. Patty"sBlock Says:

    tickrdr Says:
    Specifically: 3 separate bets.

    1) his QBR (minimum of 300 attempts) will be less than 83.9 for 2014.
    2) his TD total will be less than 19 for his first thirteen games.
    3) his TD/INT ratio will be less than 19/9 .
    If he doesn’t play = I win the bet.

    Not only Johnny Football but also Our New “JOSH”

  43. feelthepewterpower Says:

    I don’t see Bridgewater or Manziel being there. I’m not an advocate of Manziel either. I think the Buccs will land a suoerstar, though our last seventh pick overall hasnt worked out (yet). I feel one will slip…just don’t see manziel’s make-up making it in the league, but will def. root for him and be excited if we draft him.

    how many winners (ala heisman) come into the league with a lot of hype only to fail at qb? Rodney Pete anyone? we can go down the list…

    I say the Buccs go d’ (Clowney, Mack), Olineman. I hate to take a chance on receiver that high, but like Watkins right away being able to be productive in our offense in a win now league.

  44. feelthepewterpower Says:

    Buccs can also trade back in the first round…and pick-up an additional first rounder, plus potentially landing Derek Carr, who I’m sure Tedford would pull the trigger on…

  45. Tank4Jameis Says:

    Joe is smarter than us. He was thanking everyone for making his site so highly viewed. Can you blame him for wanting an exciting, polarizing figure on the Bucs? Joe can get more money on his ads and retire quicker. Joe is smart (if the internet works how I imagine). I’m with you Joe….unless Watkins is there.

  46. Hawk Says:

    @ Harry
    “that would be so cool. Bucs fans could finally get excited about watching the team’s FIRST EVER franchise QB play on Sundays.”
    Since you are, obviously, a new Buc fan, you are excused from being ignorant of former Bucs who were ‘franchise’ QBs.
    Since the criteria seems be ‘selected in the first round’, you might want to research the names of Steve Spurrier, Doug Williams, Jack Thompson, Vinny Testeverde, Chris Chandler, Trent Dilfer and Josh Freeman. Yep, these are the guys who took the Bucs to the promised land, for many years, with their ‘wow’ factor and the elevation of the players around them.
    And ignore that *NINTH* round pick, Brad Johnson. No ‘wow’. No elevation of his teammates.

  47. RustyRhino Says:

    “Daniel Jeremiah, the former NFL scout.” Key word here is former. If he was any good he would still be “A” scout. Anyone know if who he scouted and drafted has been successful in the NFL? Just being a former scout is not really all that impressive.

    “I love what Jason Licht has done in his first season with the team, ”

    Wow, really? Did I miss the 2014 season? Jason Licht has only been on the job for at the most 2 month’s, 2 month’s do not a season make. He hasn’t even had any new practice film of the team yet. I do like what he has and is doing but to say he has had a season with us is crazy.

    Not a fan of Johnny good college player, not sure he is going to do the same in the NFL.

  48. Chris Says:

    Joe,

    Johnny football is a college super star.

    Nfl? Bust. Outta the league in 2-3 years max.

    He’s a guy that’ll excite for maybe half a season. Then when defenses contain him and make him win inside the pocket, well he simply can’t make reads there and misses too many wrs. He’s a 3rd round developmental project.

  49. flmike Says:

    Oh, the Bucs will take an A&M player at #7, but it ain’t gonna be Johnny Immature, welcome to Tampa Mike Evans….

  50. Chris Says:

    “I love what Jason Licht has done in his first season with the team, ”

    Wow, really? Did I miss the 2014 season? Jason Licht has only been on the job for at the most 2 month’s, 2 month’s do not a season make. He hasn’t even had any new practice film of the team yet. I do like what he has and is doing but to say he has had a season with us is crazy.

    Agree but his moves are entire different from mark dominik. Mark dominik just looked to collect players regardless of system fit and in terms overpaid big time.

    Licht spends wisely and how players fit the scheme. To me this had to be done. Dom screwed up many drafts and FA signings and what lovie wanted to do , he needed the players and the cap. I bet lovie and licht want goldsons 9 mm off but they can’t simply do it bc of Dom. Same with nicks. But he’s got 7 mm guaranteed as well.

  51. teacherman Says:

    He ran a 4.68!!!

    Johnny is gonna get killed in the NFL!!!

  52. SuperGobaby Says:

    Absolutely ludicrous!

  53. DTG Says:

    No Manziel is not the perfect fit. If you read what you put on here about Lovie’s ideal QB, that is not Manziel. Actually, it sounds like AJ McCarron is a perfect fit. No one seems to mention that McCarron is the game manager that Lovie covets, plus he’s a ton of experience against the best defenses in college football.

  54. Barry Says:

    Thurston Howell III’s better half Lovie BIO: Don’t know S#it about quarterbacks.

  55. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    Johnny Football will pack Tampa Stadium, that much is for sure.
    But Chris Simms showed some really bad tape on him, not seeing the playing field.
    He will be the biggest bust since Ryan Leaf, or the next Drew Brees.

  56. brandonbucfan Says:

    Joe- you can shout it till the cows come home..but can’t see Lovie married at the hip with JF. Two completely different personalities and lifestyles. HE will go with Tedford wanting Carr after they trade down and pick up another third or fourth round pick.
    We still need a third CB since we didn’t get Tillman and we need a SAM..Cassillas isn’t the answer.. STILL no 3rd WR. Still a bunch of holes but a LOT better off than we were a week ago!

    Joe’s heard that argument on Johnny not being a Lovie guy, but keep in mind Lovie’s also the guy that sought Brandon Marshall, who had far more troubling baggage than Johnny (if Johhny even has any?) when he landed on the Bears.–Joe

  57. unclebuc83 Says:

    Please NO!

    I realize that most NFL players are egotistical, but I cannot think of one individual on the Bucs’ current roster who can even come close to matching the the cockiness of Johnny “Pompous-Narcissist” Football. The thought of this scenario makes me want to throw up . . . wait . . ., I just did . . . .

    While I know this makes zero impact whatsoever for the rest of football-humanity, but I, myself, will quit being a Bucs fan if he is drafted and as long as he remains on the team.

    I earnestly hope another team is stupid enough to take him before the Bucs even have a chance to actually consider it.

  58. Harry Says:

    @Hawk Says:
    “…Since you are, obviously, a new Buc fan, you are excused from being ignorant of former Bucs who were ‘franchise’ QBs…”

    I don’t know why ppl can’t state their opinions without being insulting. And when the insult is the first thing they throw out, I guess they are so dumb they can’t say anything else.

    btw, I have been a bucs fan for over 20 years and never miss a game…

  59. Harry Says:

    @Hawk: btw, since that 8th grade education you had is not working out for you too well, I have taken the liberty of looking up the definition of the term “franchise player” for you, so you don’t have to embarrass yourself in the future.

    “Franchise player is an athlete who is not simply the best player on their team, but a player that the team can build their “franchise” (team) around for the foreseeable future.” It does not appear that even your Brad Johnson would fall into that category. I like Brad, but he was a game manager, only.

  60. gianluca pesole Says:

    I see franchise QB in this draft , but likely not the ones you are thinking of-Jason Licht

  61. Bucfan#37 Says:

    I don’t know enough about Manziel, have’nt seen enough of his play to say whether or not he would fit in the Bucs plans. Even though some say his stock has fallen, I think he will be gone before the 7th pick. I don’t see a QB pick for the Bucs in the first round.

  62. Mr. T Says:

    gianluca pesole

    Yes, Licht has clearly intimated that his franchise QB is not one of the “big names” being talked about so that pretty much rules out a QB pick at 7 unless he’s just putting out a smoke screen.

  63. John McKillop Says:

    Hi guys, long time reader 1st time commenting. I think Garoppolo will be the Bucs pick. McCown is signed for two years and believe he is here to groom Garoppolo. He is the only qb the bucs have interviewed twice as far as I know.

  64. tickrdr Says:

    Patty”sBlock Says:

    March 17th, 2014 at 12:47 am

    tickrdr Says:
    Specifically: 3 separate bets.

    1) his QBR (minimum of 300 attempts) will be less than 83.9 for 2014.
    2) his TD total will be less than 19 for his first thirteen games.
    3) his TD/INT ratio will be less than 19/9 .
    If he doesn’t play = I win the bet.

    Not only Johnny Football but also Our New “JOSH”
    ————————————————————

    Hopefully our new Josh will be better than our old Josh. That “franchise” QB managed to take two consecutive delay of game penalties, and couldn’t even audible to avoid throwing away the timeouts, despite being our 5th year starter. All he could do was point at his helmet, and tell us what most of us already knew…… there was nothing between the earholes.

    tickrdr

  65. Hawk Says:

    @ Harry
    I apologize if calling you a new Buc fan insulted you. *My* intention was not to insult, but educate. I thought you *were* a new fan. Since I’ve seen you post on numerous articles, I thought you were of the same mind as most in here; and that is that a QB taken high in the first round is being taken because the team believes this is a ‘franchise QB’. Even though I do not remember you arguing against that definition, I’ll take you at your word that you do not believe that a high first round QB is a ‘franchise QB’. Even with my eighth grade education I know, that to take one for a backup role is beyond stupid. That being said, I stand behind my assertion, that the Bucs have had 7 (seven) ‘franchise QBs’ ( all taken with a first round pick) in their history.
    Congrats on being a Buc fan for 20 years. That’s a long time for us to have something in common and yet argue.
    BTW, I agree (another miracle!) with you about Brad Johnson. I never said or implied that he was a franchise QB . As with so many other Super Bowl winning teams, a franchise QB was not necessary (wanted, but not necessary).
    Where I believe we truly disagree, is with the use of the first round for a QB. At #7, I believe that the Bucs can make a bigger impact than with a QB.
    If you wish to hurl more insults, be my guest. With my eight grade education, I probably won’t understand most of them. OTOH, if you just disagree with my position, and accept my apology, we can argue/agree about anything else you wish. :^)

  66. Harry Says:

    @Hawk:
    “…With my eight grade education, I probably won’t understand most of them. OTOH, if you just disagree with my position, and accept my apology, we can argue/agree about anything else you wish. :^)…”

    Classy response, thank you. I look forward to future debates. We can just call it a misunderstanding. And sorry about the 8th grade education crack.

    Your not alone in your opinion that you “…believe that the Bucs can make a bigger impact than with a QB…”. To be honest, you could be correct, it just depends on what L&L see in the potential of available QBs versus Watkins, et al. But if L&L believe Teddy/Johnny can be that guy, no other position on the football team can have the impact the QB can have. And statistics show that drafting a QB in a lower round is a total crap shoot. So if L&L don’t do it with the first pick, I hope they don’t do it at all – just a waste of a pick (unless its the 6th or 7th rd, then who cares.)

  67. BucNamerican Says:

    I am shocked that more people aren’t alarmed by our linebacker situation. Hayward and Watson are gone (although main contributions were on special teams) and there is NO WAY that Foster will be able to fill the MIKE roll in this defense. Re-signing Casillas is ok but we still need starters at SAM and MIKE. My guess would be to trade down a few spots to get extra picks and draft Mack, Barr, or Shazier. I am more than OK with McCarron or Carr in rounds 2-3.

  68. BoJim Says:

    I don’t know. If a QB is available at #7 then we should take him. As Joe says, we may not draft this high for a while. I like Derrick Carr but not at #7.

 
 

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