Pining For A QuarterbackMay 2nd, 2014
When Joe looks at the Bucs’ roster, sure he sees holes, but Joe believes new Bucs coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jason Licht have done a fine job upgrading.
The defense, in Joe’s eyes, is set. On offense, Joe is worried as hell about the thin offensive line. A wide receiver or two will sure help in this deep receiver draft. Then there’s quarterback.
It sure smells like L&L are not Mike Glennon guys. Either that, or they expect him to start down the road. In the worst-case scenario, starting quarterback Josh McCown is a right-handed version of Scott Mitchell, who, replacing an injured Dan Marino in Miami, racked up a few good games and hit the lottery on the free agent market with the Lions.
Joe’s good friend Justin Pawlowski, “The Commish,” of WHFS-FM 98.7, looks at the roster of the Bucs and sees a crying need for a quarterback. Given the fact the Bucs are picking at No. 7, a position hopefully they won’t pick anywhere near for years, Pawlowski believes the time is now for the Bucs to draft a quarterback to lead them to glorious victories for the next decade. In the first round. At No. 7.
Looking at the roster, I’m sure there will be people that read this and roll their eyes, but quarterback is the most important position in sports, and if you feel the Bucs are set at that position, you’re fooling yourselves.
The Bucs signed Josh McCown to a 2-year contract this off-season, however, if you look closely at that contract, just the 1st year is guaranteed. One might also assume that McCown’s contract is structured in a way for him to be the starter at the beginning of the 2014 season, but eventually become the backup quarterback in Tampa Bay.
As for Mike Glennon, the Bucs are reportedly already actively shopping Glennon with a week until the draft even begins. This news tells me that the Buccaneers might be targeting a quarterback extremely early in the draft if they’re already looking to dump Glennon to another team. Lovie Smith said he wanted every position on his team to be fast and athletic. Mike Glennon is neither fast nor athletic.
Justin makes good points and how rock star general manager Mark Dominik of Licht to only guarantee the first year of McCown’s contract? That’s a helluva out if McCown disappoints.
The salary structure reinforces what Joe has been saying for months, that at some point next week, the Bucs will pick a quarterback and he will get a year to groom himself into an NFL signal-caller.
Like Pawlowski, Joe has the same name at the top of his wish list: Johnny.