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Lovie Smith says the Bucs have to consider a QB at No. 7

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When Lovie Smith took over the Buccaneers job, there was a feeling that they were satisfied with the quarterback on hand, Mike Glennon.

But Smith said Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine that he thinks a franchise-level quarterback will be available in the seventh spot, and that the Bucs will have to be mindful of that as a possibility.

“I know enough about that draft to know, yeah, there’s someone that would be worthy of the seventh pick because everything is on the board right now,” Smith said, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. “Whenever you have a chance to get a franchise quarterback, you have to consider that.”

While Smith and offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford spoke glowingly of Glennon at first, Smith was stepping back a bit from that Thursday.

“Mike did some good things. But he did some good things as a rookie,” Smith said. “To say right now that Mike is the answer and he’s our quarterback of the future and we’re going to build around him and give him a 20-year contract right now, you’re not there. . . .

“You have a plan. But if you ask me do I think we can win games with Mike Glennon? I’m going to say, “yeah, we can win games with Mike Glennon.’ If you ask me would you like to upgrade the position? I’m not running around the question. That’s a yes, too. If you ask me, would you like a veteran? Yeah. Really, that’s the case. It all has to go together. You have to look at what’s available at other positions, too.”

At the moment, Glennon and Mike Kafka are the only quarterbacks on the roster, so it makes sense that they’d broaden their scope.

But Smith also went to a Super Bowl with a dominant defense and Rex Grossman at quarterback, so he might be more interested in creating the illusion that they’re drafting a quarterback as opposed to actually pulling the trigger on one in the first round.

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24 Responses to “Lovie Smith says the Bucs have to consider a QB at No. 7”
  1. rajbais says: Feb 20, 2014 11:53 AM

    And teams after the first rd should ask the Bucs for Mike Glennon.

    He’s a better buy than Kirk Cousins.

  2. jmblosser82 says: Feb 20, 2014 11:58 AM

    Say your considering a QB but really draft someone on defense…Nice misdirection Lovie

  3. seatownballers says: Feb 20, 2014 12:00 PM

    Guaranteed they take a receiver or linebacker

  4. dirtdawg54 says: Feb 20, 2014 12:02 PM

    So you want a veteran but are looking to the draft to upgrade the position? Yeah. Makes perfect sense.

  5. ravenswhat says: Feb 20, 2014 12:14 PM

    Lovie is clueless.

  6. jaycutlersbarber says: Feb 20, 2014 12:22 PM

    Did Lovie try to burn a timeout at the combine, too?

  7. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Feb 20, 2014 12:41 PM

    Josh Freeman is available.

  8. douglasgreenbriar says: Feb 20, 2014 12:50 PM

    I love that Lovie isn’t in Chicago anymore.

  9. arwiv says: Feb 20, 2014 12:56 PM

    Please, PLEASE, take a QB at 7.

  10. bucnblood says: Feb 20, 2014 1:03 PM

    We need to stay with Glennon at least one more year. Not sure why everyone is ready to run the kid out of town….I guess its because he isn’t flashy but the numbers are there. Also have to remember the weapons, or lack there of he had to throw too. And don’t say he had V-Jax…..that dude dropped more balls then a blind juggler last year. All the people wanting to run him off are probably the same people who never watched the games…..stick with Glennon.

  11. tindeaux says: Feb 20, 2014 1:04 PM

    good luck, coach smith!

  12. th56 says: Feb 20, 2014 1:05 PM

    Hopefully they’ll take Derick Carr so the Vikings don’t waste their pick.

  13. mialto says: Feb 20, 2014 1:11 PM

    Vegas odds are favoring Bucs drafting a defensive player.

    Here’s what Lovie’s done with 1st Rd Picks in Chicago:
    Rex Grossman – bust
    Cedric Benson – remember when he didnt want to play after fumbling in superbowl?
    Greg Olsen – best pick during his tenure
    Chris Williams – bust
    Gabe Carimi – bust

    1 out of 5…20% success ratio

  14. russellwilsonismymvp says: Feb 20, 2014 1:16 PM

    No one believes you will take a QB, Lovie. Nice try tho. Just say you’re open to trading the pick if a QB someone ELSE wants slides down to #7.

  15. amusicunlimited says: Feb 20, 2014 1:17 PM

    1st pick should be Sammy Watkins:
    1)We need a Receiver who can/will catch the Ball!
    (#83 Jackson drops too many passes =’d bad wrap on Glennon and =’d losses for the Bucs last Season)

    2) And who is not afraid to make the attempt to catch the ball when a defender is near him aka Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams.

    Bucs need a Receiver who has heart!

  16. realfootballfan says: Feb 20, 2014 2:09 PM

    Not ready to hitch your wagon to the Mike Glennon express, Lovie?

  17. petedutcherjr says: Feb 20, 2014 2:10 PM

    No one wants to run Glennon out of town. Why would they? He’d make a great backup, which is exactly what he was drafted to be.

    Either way, competition is a good idea, and wating a year means not being in position to draft a good QB next year, because Lovie will have this team winning more games.

  18. petedutcherjr says: Feb 20, 2014 2:11 PM

    Bucs can take a WR in round 2…Kelven will be there and he is a better choice.

  19. pantherfan40 says: Feb 20, 2014 2:13 PM

    lovie doesnt know what offence is

  20. craniator says: Feb 20, 2014 2:28 PM

    ” . . . Rex Grossman is our quarterback.”

  21. kansacity88 says: Feb 21, 2014 12:50 AM

    Ruh Roh…..Lovie is looking to destroy another teams offense for the next 4-5 years in favor of defense. Is this a rerun???

  22. metalhead65 says: Feb 21, 2014 12:10 PM

    I see your future bucs fans and it looks allot like the bears offenses under Lovie. in other words expect allot of 10-3 losses and wins. this guy does not know the meaning of a forward pass. if the bucs get a field goal to take the lead you will not throw the ball again until you absolutely have to. everybody but lovie sees glennon as rising young qb,kind of like Cutler was before he came to the bears and we all saw how that worked out for Jay and the bears didn’t we?

  23. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Feb 21, 2014 5:39 PM

    In other words, we are done with Glennon.

  24. evansvc says: Feb 22, 2014 9:59 AM

    “Bring in VINCE YOUNG”… Vince is mobile– with talent and playoff experience…. He is hungry, motivated and his 31 and 19 record shows he can play this game at a high level as a starter or a good backup…. He is a LOW risk-HIGH reward quarterback… and a wise choice for any GM/Head Coach looking to upgrade their quarterback pool….

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