Red Zone Fix/Developing Franchise Quarterback

April 27th, 2023

Florida QB Anthony Richardson.

Very interesting last night hearing how Hall of Fame general manager Bill Polian is on the bandwagon of Florida Gators quarterback Anthony Richardson, a projected pick in tonight’s first round.

Polian addressed his SiriusXM NFL Radio audience and was lauding Richardson as an absolute first-round talent, one that should not run an offense this season because he’s so inexperienced.

No surprise there, but then Polian went on to talk about how Richardson could be a tremendous red-zone threat this season for his new team, while he simultaneously develops on the bench.

His new club could have all kinds of red-zone packages for him to employ run-pass options, Polian said, and Richardson subsequently would carve up defenses with his extraordinary physical skills.

Polian said he’s talked to people around the NFL, and he emphasized that he consistently hears Richardson has the demeanor and work ethic teams crave (the anti-Will Levis?).

So Polian thinks multiple teams will not hold Richardson’s inexperience against him, and they’ll approach him as a developmental quarterback worthy of a first-round pick.

Joe keeps coming back to Team Glazer’s potential influence on the draft. They talk to folks across the NFL, too. And if Team Glazer is hearing Richardson is the real deal who just needs time, well then maybe they believe this is “a time for patience,” if Richardson falls to the Bucs in the draft.

25 Responses to “Red Zone Fix/Developing Franchise Quarterback”

  1. sasquatch Says:

    We’re not going there.

  2. Rand Says:

    Polian must be getting a kick back from his AR15 agent

  3. SB~LV Says:

    Kid should have played another year of college football

  4. TDTB Says:

    If for some reason he drops to 19 (highly unlikely), the Bucs should pull the trigger on him. We have Moore and Arians on staff who can be charged with developing him full time for the next year. Few other tea,s could afford to do that.

  5. Bucs Guy Says:

    No thank you

  6. Jay Says:

    Interesting take by Troy Aikman talking with Rich Eisen this week was why do teams pick quarterbacks in the first round they know are not Franchise players ? It really is an interesting take when you hear him explain it oh and by the way he doesn’t believe there is a Franchise QB in this draft.

  7. Jmarkbuc Says:

    This guy is not good.

    Jameis in a Cam Newton body

  8. RustyRhinos Says:

    Nothing like trying to kick your bad QB habit(Johny football) when you have a blog to promote what you find interesting. I would like a JBF poll on how a good Buccaneer team will be presented as a good thing or a bad thing here on JBF. It is clicks and responses that pay the bills am I right JOES?

    NO to a QB who has difficulties in doing his job of delivering the ball to his receivers. College DBs are not near as fast or as good as NFL CBs. Why do we want a QB who in college, could only complete less than 55% of his passes? Will he get better sitting on the bench watching, being the scout team QB? As QB#3?

  9. Destinjohnny Says:

    He needed 4 years of college to develop his game.
    Did anyone actually watch him play?

  10. Proudbucsfan Says:

    IMHO He’s going to be a bust, very inaccurate and cannot read a defense

  11. Bobby Says:

    Now that Aaron Rodgers is s Jet. Is Zach Wilson available via draft day trade????

  12. Scott Says:

    Al of thisbQB talk just sounds like a smokescreen to me

  13. garro Says:

    I think maybe Bill has lost touch with the game as it is today.

  14. SOEbuc Says:

    Seriously??? You think the Glazers are going to take a chance on a guy to only use in the red zone. AR-15 combine golf course hustler. OMG! THAT GUY MADE RECORD JUMP AT COMBINE!!! He shot to number one QB that day for that reason . Can’t throw for sh!t in a real game. Take Leviis definitely before this guy. Not taking Hooker in the first. AR15 another UF QB bust, and I’m no biased.

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  16. Rayjay1122 Says:

    Depending on how the teams ahead of the BUCS select prospects, I believe that we should in no particular order and depending on who is available, prioritize the trenches and that includes OL, TE and DL in the top portion of the draft. Obviously if someone too good to pass up we’re to fall, then I would select that BPA even if that were RB because Robinson or Gibbs would be fun to imagine running wild on NFC South Defenses. I would love to see us get OT Jones from UGA and if somehow we could get Gibbs also then to me after that grab best available TE and IMHO that would be an exciting draft at the top end.

  17. SlyPirate Says:

    He is a monster. He should have stayed in school one more year.

  18. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    If we take any QB this year, it guarantees Bowles another year

  19. Tye Says:

    Anthony Richardson is this years Malik Willis!

    All that gibberish about being a 1st round pick but that’s all it was, gibberish….

  20. PewterStiffArm Says:

    Hey Team Glaser, you better not!

  21. BuxfaninTX Says:

    We already have a Florida Gators QB..

  22. Goatfarmer Says:

    I love the Anthony Richardson story……….as a Houston Texan, or a Tennessee Titan, or even a SF49er or an Arizona Cardinal. Just not a Buc. The article about him on the NFL website is heartwarming. You really have to cheer for a kid like this. Just……on someone else’s team that we don’t compete against.

  23. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    I think Richardson will go to the Colts at number 4.
    No way in Hell will he be within reach of us at pick 19

  24. Goatfarmer Says:

    Chris, I keep forgetting about the Colts. For Richardson’s sake I hope he ends up somewhere else. The ownership and management in Indy is turning the Colts into the Browns.

  25. stpetebucfan Says:

    We not in a position to develop AR and take the gamble.

    We are caught in the middle…a team good enough to make the playoffs that needs a QB to do more than “one and done” in the playoffs.

    The team that takes AR has to either write off next year if they plan to play him or be good enough ala Green Bay with Favre when they could pick Rodgers. AR might have made sense in Brady’s first two years but we already had a 2nd rounder behind him.

    BTW There is a major difference physically and mentally between a 20 year old and a 25 year old. Herndon Hooker was basically a mature man play with kids.
    AR was a kid playing with older guys. Hooker SHOULD have more immediate upside but long term ? AR OTOH is feast or famine. If he has the talent and can grow longer term looks good.