Glennon Impressed Lovie

January 6th, 2014

Lovie told Joe that Mike Glennon has “great pocket presence” and more

Dressed in a fine navy suit this afternoon, Lovie Smith stood before media and shared his admiration of Mike Glennon the quarterback and talked about key leadership characteristics from the QB position.

Joe asked Lovie to detail the promise he sees in Glennon. As a fan, like you said you watched a lot of football, and in your limited time as Bucs head coach. Can you share maybe some of the specifics that you like about Mike Glennon and your impressions of him as a starting quarterback?

Lovie Smith: I think we’ll talk about the physical skill in a second. I think as a quarterback you have to command respect. I’m not talking the guy that’s going to scream and yell. That’s good if you have that personality. But I’m talking about the guy that commands it by, you know, his action. Mike was one of the first guys here early, walked in looked me,  you know, straight in the eye and said, ‘Hey, Coach, I don’t know about the rules, but when can we get started?” I mean that’s a good start right away this time of the year.

What I see and what I like from him a little bit, first off, he’s a prototype. I wouldn’t say prototype, he’s a little bit taller than a prototype quarterback. But just strong arm. He had great pocket presence to me. Mike won’t win a 10-yard sprint probably, maybe not a 40-yard sprint, but he can move around in the pocket good enough. Make smart decisions. But he can move around in the pocket good enough. Make smart decisions. And there’s nothing like having that experience he was able to get his rookie year. So excited about going forward with him.

Before answering another question, Lovie then rolled into a general take that his staff will evaluate the roster to determine “exactly what direction we need to go” at all positions.

Bucs fans will see what comes next. Joe would be stunned if Lovie doesn’t find legitimate competition for Glennon, if not a replacement.



44 Responses to “Glennon Impressed Lovie”

  1. bigpoppabuc Says:

    I think the bigger question is what does Tedford think of Glennon?

  2. Jon Says:

    Awesome!!! Now we can use that first round pick for a TD machine! Enron or Watkins! We have the defense, the run game and the QB. Go Bucs!

  3. Vern4499 Says:

    Boy Joe a lot of your readers will be upset about your last comment there. I couldn’t agree more. I thought it was very telling that he went right into talking about evaluating the roster to see what they need right after talking about Glennon. Which I believe they need a starting caliber QB.

  4. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    You made it on camera today Joe – congrats!!! Anyway, I thought it was really cool that Lovie said Glennon introduced himself and wanted to know when he could start. Again, I have my doubts about Glennon, but you have to love his attitude and work ethic. You also gotta love that McCoy was in the building working out today. Lovie is going to maximize everyone’s ability.

  5. ben brown Says:

    Lovie was set up with the ? on Glennon. What was he suppose to do ? Throw Glennon under the bus when you asked how he felt abt the qb in public….

    Joe’s got no problem with Lovie’s answer. Don’t read between the lines. –Joe

  6. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I realize that Glennon doesn’t look the part for many…poking fun at him for his “giraffe-like” frame….but looks can be very decieving.
    I have been reviewing a great deal of QB rookie year stats…many had 2 or 3 years before playing in their rookie season.
    Glennon’s stats are better or on a par with some of the great QBs from today & earlier years.
    I think the best course of action, however is to make sure we have “that guy”. I would let the draft come to us at 7….if Bridgewater, Bortles, Carr or Manziel come to us at 7…then we should select…..If not, build some weapons for Glennon (WR/TE/OL)….start him next year….Evaluate and if the performance isn’t there, then trade up for a QB next year.
    After all, if we don’t get one of those 4….then their will be 4 teams with poor records that won’t need a QB next year.

  7. Number 41 Says:

    The only QB in the draft who appears to be unquestionably better than Glennon is Teddy Bridgewater. The other potentials carry as many (if not more) questions about their future potential as Glennon does.

    The logical move remains drafting best player available and not reaching for someone just in the name of giving #8 competition.

  8. Jim Says:

    With the drop off in play of the O/line, the Bucs better find a qb that has some mobility. We don’t need Mike Vick, but a qb that can extend 3 or 4 plays per game with his legs sure would help.

  9. Bill T Says:

    Well, I will be stunned if they look for a replacement, so I am at the total opposite of Joe if he’s going that far. Competition, maybe. They better be very careful that if they draft a QB at #7 (or are crazy enough to trade up), cause he better be a home run. Freeman turned into a disaster and no way the Glazers will allow that again.
    I’m over the b/s of needing a QB like Kaepernick or Newton being the only way to get you a SB win. Look at Flacco last year. How about Roethlesberger? How about Eli Manning? None of those toads can run faster than me, and I’m over 40.
    Get Watkins! Replace 2 offensive linemen. Bring a DE that can rush the passer, a CB and cut Johnson. Get healthy and you will be in the playoffs the next 5 years.

  10. Meh Says:

    Sounds like smokescreen to me. I sure hope so at least.

  11. bucfanjeff Says:

    Hou – QB
    STL – OT
    Jax – QB
    Cle – QB
    Oak – DE (or WR)
    ATL – DE
    TB – Watkins (or DE if Oak take Watkins)

  12. Bucfan#37 Says:

    That Glennon has talent seems to be the majority opinion of coaches and media types who do QB analysis. He will be Lovie’s choice behind center. Glennon does not wow many fans, but most see his potential and realistically look forward to his second year. Competition will be forthcoming.

  13. Macabee Says:

    In a nutshell, what I heard Lovie say by the mere fact of the players names he mentioned, he was telling the Glazers that that half billion dollars that you committed to in contracts over the last few years will be put to good use and not wasted! Something the Glazers have been reported to be unhappy about!

  14. Lev Says:

    Everyone missed his most important message……special teams returner. Sammy Watkins it is….

  15. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    @ bucfanjeff

    I agree with your Mock….except someone may trade up (hope not us)
    I would be happy with any of the following at 7.


    I think it is obvious we will have a choice…..My personal preference is that we trade down….get extra picks & take BPA at our new slot (depending on deal)

  16. Macabee Says:

    His comments about Glennon make the Jeff Tedford hire more understandable too!

  17. fastclipper Says:

    Did you expect Smith to say something negative about Glennon?

  18. Jon Says:

    He’s the coach. If he doesn’t like glennon or revis he doesn’t have to be a positive about their traits. But he was.

  19. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I think the Tedford decision had a great deal to do with the fact that it was obviouse either with Glennon or a newly drafterd QB this year or next….that Tedford could develop our QB.
    It would surprise me that we don’t give Glennon at least a year under Tedford. We may not like it but next year may be another (rebuilding) year.

  20. mark2001 Says:

    Joe…if some of good prospects are sliding down due to injury, that sounds like a likely choice to me. I want that potentially future all pro speed receiver to go with Jackson. And possibly another WR prospect in the middle rounds….look at the Packers…you can’t have too many good young receivers.

  21. Vern4499 Says:

    He was asked directly about Glennon. He’s not going to say negative things about him in his first presser. As for Revis who he got noticeably exited when talking about him. He wasn’t asked about Revis he brought him up.

  22. Vern4499 Says:


    Do the Packers have a good young receivers or do they have a top5 QB delivering them the ball and making decisions? Could be both I guess but I would take Rogers over all the receivers they have combined.

  23. Tim Says:

    If we take a Q in the draft I hope its our 2nd round pick. Kalil Mack is going to be the top player in this draft.

    Bust watch, Clowney and Johny Football.

  24. Northend Says:

    Lev,He could have meant Devin Hester ( who is a big Lovie guy and Fa).But I would be stoked with Watkins as pick in first.He did say he wanted athletes at “Every” position.Does this mean he and Tedford like a QB like Johny F ?

  25. Northend Says:

    Mack is a local boy from over here on the East Coast (up in Ft Pierce).We beat him like a drum when he was playing in High School.Boy has he come on since.
    Bet he would love to come home

  26. Yar Says:

    None of this years QB’s are worthy of a top pick. Next year there’s Winston, Hunley and Mariota. Let’s wait for one of them if Glennon doesn’t pan out (which I think he will). Anybody but Johnny Tinkerbell.

  27. WinterSpringsBucsFan Says:

    Glennon strikes me as the guy who would understand lovie bringing in Competition, he also strikes me as the type that if he does get demoted to second string he will not whine about. He will work harder to become number one. I like Glennon and hope we keep him.

  28. Ed Says:

    Get a athletic Quarterback, coach Smith,if you want to win.

  29. Eric Says:

    Nice job joe!

    The man hasn’t finished unpacking yet. Give him some time to evaluate the team.

    The last two press conferences announcing our new head coach gave me a sick feeling deep in my stomach.

    This guy comes across as a highly skilled pro that knows what he’s doing. No BS slogans or on the job training, or lecturIng the media, or talking about how he did it at Rutgers.

    Got a really good feeling about this.

  30. UnderDog Lefty Says:

    Hey Joe, loved that you wrote earlier you looked forward to asking about Glennon during the press conference and the potential insight the answer may provide. Now that I’ve seen the press conference and Lovie’s answer, it seemed his answer was complimentary at best and kind of like a “she’s really a nice girl, but no thanks” when someone tries to set me up with yet another single women.

    Based on his response, unless Lovie leaves the QB decision up to Tedford, I look for the Bucs to go after a QB with their first pick. Personally though, I would take Watkins (if he’s still on the board) with the first pick and then take McCarron in round 2, the guy is a prototype QB who knows what it is to be a winner. Alternative might be even be to take a DE with pick 2 and then go for Georgia QB Boyd with the next pick.

  31. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    I got that exact same feeling Eric. It is very clear that Lovie came across as cool, calm, and collected, yet he is the man in charge. There is a certain calmness about him that makes me feel like we are going to turn this thing around quickly. I couldn’t have been more impressed, especially after watching press conferences of the previous two bozos. I no longer have to force myself to like them and feel confident in their abilities.

  32. Bucky23 Says:

    @WinterSprings Absolutely we should keep Glennon. I think he is a very good number 2 option and might even be good enough to be a solid number one (just not sold yet). I think what we do with our first pick in the draft will depend on what we decide to do in free agency. If we throw some money at hardy, peppers, allen, etc. then we won’t be taking a DE in the first round. I’m not exactly sure what good options in free agency for a slot type of receiver… so I honestly think Watkins might be our pick (if glennon is deemed worthy). I also wouldn’t mind us throwing some money at jimmy graham to take him away from the saints……

  33. Vern4499 Says:

    I really like Watkins. I think he could be very good. But all you people bashing Johnny Football for his off the field stuff(which I believe is just a college kid being a college kid) wasn’t Watkins suspended his sophomore year for illegal drug use?

  34. Jon Says:

    Vern: QB doing that as a leader vs a WR is a very different animal. Freeman thinks you are right though…

  35. PRBucFan Says:

    I don’t think it will be watkins

    Lovie will add to the defensive line before going WR IMO.

    I love Watkins but I just don’t see it happening.

    I agree with Eric, he said he like what he saw but it wasn’t a commitment to Glennon either.

    It was more like “I like what I see but when Jeff gets here, the man who knows about QB’s we’ll make the proper evaluation”

  36. bucsfan85 Says:

    glennon sucks ! period not a franchise QB at all. Lovie was doing what all new coaches would do complement his players ! what do you think he’s gonna knock Glennon in his first press conference not! if you think us getting new coach, GM, both coordinators etc and we would start a mediocre QB at best being nice you are insane Glennon will be on the bench as he should be. We couldn’t even get a third round pick for that bum if we tried

  37. Captain Stagger Says:


    Your grammer alone makes your points invalid.

  38. Patrick Says:

    Not losing an extra game screwed us out of the Manziel/Clowney sweepstakes.

  39. Buc1987 Says:

    Hey if the Bucs do draft Manziel. It will be a QB competition between a giraffe and a midget.

  40. Mr. T Says:

    I’m more interested in hearing Tedfords opinion on Glennon since he is the one who will be working closely with him. I think his evaluation will go a long way in deciding what direction we take in the future regarding QB. I like Glennon and think he did well given the circumstances he was in. I’m sure he’ll be here next year but whether it’s as no. 1 or 2 remains to be seen. The next few months will be quite interesting.

  41. Capt. Tim Says:

    Ed- an atheletic QB?
    Like Mike Vick- who has never won anything, yet continues to be overrated
    Or RJ3- who got figured out pretty quickly?
    Tim Tebow is plenty Atheletic, meybe him?

    Nah, I’ll take Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Philip Rivers, Drew Breez, etc.
    All are pocket QBs. All winners.

    Glennon is Very smart, and strong armed. Those are qualities worth developing.
    He may not be the answer. But in my opinion, he’s earned the right to get a good look at the Job!
    Ya can’t teach brains!

  42. dbb Says:

    So Lovie is very close to Dungy. Dungy has been on record saying he would draft Murray with his first pick. I think Murray is a bit underrated. Any consideration the Bucs would go with Glennon and draft Murray as competition?

  43. corlew Says:

    do you think by bringing in another qb and having a quarterback controversy to start your regime is smart?

  44. BucsFan68 Says:

    corlew Says:

    January 6th, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    do you think by bringing in another qb and having a quarterback controversy to start your regime is smart?
    Yes, drafting a QB is smart. Seattle signed Matt Flynn to a big contract and still drafted Wilson and Wilson won the QB position. Bucs should draft a QB and let them compete and earn the starting job