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Lovie Smith: Josh McCown is my QB, but we may draft another


Lovie Smith doesn’t sound like much of a Mike Glennon fan.

On the day Smith’s Buccaneers signed veteran quarterback Josh McCown, Smith indicated that he isn’t expecting much of a competition between McCown and Glennon. According to Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times, Smith made it very clear that McCown is his quarterback.

Asked directly if McCown is his quarterback, Smith answered, “Yes, he is.”

Smith coached McCown in 2011 and 2012, when McCown was the Bears’ backup quarterback. And Smith said he has always admired McCown, dating to the first time the Bears tried to sign McCown. That was in 2010, when McCown was with the Hartford Colonials of the United Football League. The Bears came calling and asked McCown to sign with them, but McCown declined, saying he had already given his word to the Colonials and wouldn’t break his commitment. Smith said that made him admire McCown as a man of integrity.

Smith did say that the Buccaneers might draft a quarterback this year. That doesn’t sound like good news for Glennon, who started 13 games as a rookie last year. The old regime viewed Glennon as the Buccaneers’ quarterback of the future, but the new regime views McCown as the quarterback of the present.

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72 Responses to “Lovie Smith: Josh McCown is my QB, but we may draft another”
  1. mydogsnameisvick says: Mar 12, 2014 5:48 PM

    Too bad for Glennon. He’s showed some potential.

  2. gloryfromheaven46 says: Mar 12, 2014 5:48 PM

    I think Glennon deserves a shot, pretty disappointing to hear they “might” draft a QB. It’s pretty rare to throw 19 TD’s and 9 INT’s on your rookie year…

  3. Six Rings says: Mar 12, 2014 5:49 PM

    Mike Glennon, meet curb.

  4. britishteeth says: Mar 12, 2014 5:50 PM

    Rex is our quarterback.

  5. bostonian13 says: Mar 12, 2014 5:53 PM

    Low balling Glennon. The kid has potential and showed it. Stupid Lovie.

  6. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 12, 2014 5:54 PM

    The good news for Glennon is nobody is going to give him a hard time when he politely asks for a trade to get off this team. Lovie doesn’t sound like he would miss him anyhow, and the “we may draft another one” might already be higher priority than Glennon too since Lovie didn’t have any extra time to say anything encouraging about him, so can he freely go now?

  7. tjacks7 says: Mar 12, 2014 5:55 PM

    Now I remember why Lovie got canned once. This is just stupid. I hope Glennon becomes a hall of famer for someone else.

  8. uschawk says: Mar 12, 2014 5:59 PM

    Wow I thought Glennon was pretty good. He sure looked good in Seattle, especially for a rookie.

    Lovie is looking way to short term at this.

  9. kehav1 says: Mar 12, 2014 6:00 PM

    i hope lovie knows what he is doing..

  10. titansbro says: Mar 12, 2014 6:02 PM

    Stupid stupid stupid.

  11. eddiek77 says: Mar 12, 2014 6:02 PM

    LOL, Lovie. You always were a funny guy.

  12. stillers213 says: Mar 12, 2014 6:03 PM

    “i hope lovie knows what he is doing..”

    Maybe we should poll Bears fans?

  13. doubleogator says: Mar 12, 2014 6:03 PM

    Why not let them believe there will be competition, even if in his mind there won’t be???

  14. ubepunkedagain says: Mar 12, 2014 6:03 PM

    And so it starts. When McCown and Tedford can’t get it done, Lovie will buy himself more time by firing them. He did this process 4 times in Chicago before he himself got fired. He got 9 years out of that process.

  15. vikescry1 says: Mar 12, 2014 6:04 PM

    I wonder if McCown feels like Rex Grossman right now?? Rex is my quarterback…

  16. classiefreddieblassie says: Mar 12, 2014 6:05 PM

    Glennon will get his chance in camp and pre-season to take the job from McCown. Even a couple years holding a clipboard on the sideline could benefit him greatly. As a Bucs fan I watched every game last season, and I will say he played alright, but there was never one moment when I jumped off my couch in excitement over how he was playing. I do hope that had more to do with the play calling of the so-called “coaching” staff we had last year, but I think we saw Glennon reach his peak last year. But, it’s amazing how a little competition can light a fire. We will see.

  17. primantibrothersgavemefoodpoisoning says: Mar 12, 2014 6:05 PM

    So they drop a 3rd pick on this kid. He comes in as a rookie as does work. And they want to give the starting job to a 35 year old perennial backup. Lovie won’t last in Tampa.

  18. labucs says: Mar 12, 2014 6:05 PM

    Coach Buzzkill doesn’t care what anybody thinks, especially the Buccaneer Fans

  19. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 12, 2014 6:05 PM

    Lovie definitely doesn’t know what he’s doing. He’s not exactly the sharpest tool in the shed and he has a tendency to make giant mistakes, and this is also a mistake. I think he’s going to have a supremely hard time achieving success in Tampa unless his GM really does a bang up job with the draft and other personnel decisions. But his GM in just a few times that he spoke himself has already shown a lack of intelligence.

    Things are not looking too hot for Tampa right now, despite the fact that I live in cold Michigan and can hardly get out of my driveway right now because of the snow today. It’s still hotter here.

  20. bbillsfan01 says: Mar 12, 2014 6:05 PM

    Come to Buffalo Mike. I know you were a consideration before the draft and if EJ fails (or gets hurt….again) the job is yours

  21. sterilizecromartie says: Mar 12, 2014 6:05 PM

    I agree with some of the previous comments. Glennon looked pretty good as a rookie, especially considering the Bucs and the Schiano era were crumbling around him. He definitely at least deserves a shot at competing for the starting job.

  22. kwjsb says: Mar 12, 2014 6:06 PM

    Glennon was the guy who’s talent forced Russell Wilson out of NC State. It was a give up baseball or leave the team situation, O’Brien wanted his QB in camp and Wilson wanted to play Baseball.

    He will be a good pick-up for a team with a vertical passing game.

  23. elmaxoh says: Mar 12, 2014 6:06 PM

    I’m still impress when I see Glennon throw the football.

  24. fnc111 says: Mar 12, 2014 6:06 PM

    He was the best QB in Chicago. The Bears are a pathetic, going nowhere, pos of a team. Sad.

  25. bennyb82 says: Mar 12, 2014 6:06 PM

    He probably is saying that because McCown will be the QB to start the year and also to push Glennon to work harder. How could you not give McCown an opportunity after last season? It would be different if TB had a clear cut franchise qb but they do not…

  26. daddyargue says: Mar 12, 2014 6:07 PM

    That doesn’t mean he will draft one. A good team never shows their hand going TJ the draft. We don’t have any huge needs now so we can trade back at 7 or draft whoever we want without a specific need. If a team thinks we are about to take the QB they want that could net us more picks.

  27. chicagosports2014 says: Mar 12, 2014 6:08 PM

    I’m pulling for you Lovie!

  28. Maurice Barksdale says: Mar 12, 2014 6:09 PM

    Josh McCown played well last season, but that was last season. There’s nothing to guarantee he continues to play like that. He’s been an up and down player his entire career. Lovie shouldn’t be so quick to dismiss Glennon like that. If McCown falters he may end up having to turn back to Glennon.

  29. rajbais says: Mar 12, 2014 6:09 PM

    Glennon, push for a trade!!! You deserve better.

  30. realnflmaster says: Mar 12, 2014 6:09 PM

    This guy is delusional with his ancient tampa 2.

  31. bucrightoff says: Mar 12, 2014 6:10 PM

    Schiano is a better talent evaluator than Lovie but a worse coach. Schiano’s drafts were strong

  32. r8rsfan says: Mar 12, 2014 6:11 PM

    Sounds like Lovie’s seat is already warm.

  33. westof1club says: Mar 12, 2014 6:14 PM

    Glennon is awful. Strong arm, no pocket presence, bad reads, bad footwork, was given NC St job because coach had too much pride to accommodate RW. He’ll assume a backup role or be out of the league in 2/3 years.

  34. blockedshotnyr says: Mar 12, 2014 6:14 PM

    Glennon would be a nice fit in Arizona as the heir apparent to Palmer. Also be a good player to push Locker in Tennessee.

  35. nflpropickemking says: Mar 12, 2014 6:19 PM

    Lovie has lost it,he will be fired in 3 years.

  36. texansfalcons says: Mar 12, 2014 6:21 PM

    Glennon showed great potential. Give him a chance.

  37. corvinodere says: Mar 12, 2014 6:25 PM

    Is Glennon worth a 2nd round pick? I think maybe he is. Since I don’t think Carson Palmer has much left in the tank, Arizona makes some sense. Jax, Minn, Oak, Tenn, and Cleveland should all think about it as well — even though part of me thinks that Jax is really high on Garroppolo and may want to take him with that 2nd round pick.

  38. @Cereal_22 says: Mar 12, 2014 6:36 PM

    Seriously ?? Glennon looks like a player.

  39. imnotsorryisaidthat says: Mar 12, 2014 6:43 PM

    Lovie is just picking up where he left off in Chicago..going nowhere fast..I give him 2 years

  40. mainbucsfan says: Mar 12, 2014 6:45 PM

    Didn’t Glennon set a couple rookie records for touchdowns and attempts. Does anyone know

  41. pfic15 says: Mar 12, 2014 6:54 PM

    I wish Saints would trade for the kid.

  42. douglasgreenbriar says: Mar 12, 2014 7:05 PM

    Lovie is a terrible coach and Josh McCown is not a good quarterback.

  43. fordmandalay says: Mar 12, 2014 7:31 PM

    Wow, proudly putting your club’s fate in the hands of a 35 year old career third string QB. Bucs have a good chance to move up to 5-11 behind that kind of football genius.

  44. bill4544 says: Mar 12, 2014 7:48 PM

    bears fan here, yes loved what josh did for us filling in for jay . Remember the recieving core he had ???Best of luck Josh .

  45. peed1 says: Mar 12, 2014 7:52 PM

    Lighten up, Glennon was ok for a rookie, but Bucs need a more experienced QB. If Lovie goes 9-7 it will be awesome. The bears did worse this year after firing him.

  46. TheWizard says: Mar 12, 2014 8:09 PM

    Glennon has more upside than Lovie Smith.

  47. bearshaterseverywhere says: Mar 12, 2014 9:02 PM

    Sorry Tampa, my deepest condolences…….


    A Bears Fan

    “deer into headlights look” wait for it Tampa, just wait….

  48. culturalelitist says: Mar 12, 2014 9:40 PM

    I’m not generally a believer in rookie quarterbacks being starters, but I was really impressed with Glennon. It is also worth noting that Lovie cut McCown at least once. Perhaps Glennon languishes as the third QB while McCown and whoever else falter. Glennon gets his chance ala Brian Hoyer and Lovie gets fired ala Chudzinski.

  49. swampcannons says: Mar 12, 2014 9:42 PM


    I’ll take Lovie’s word over an internet GM/coach like yourself anytime. Seriously, Lovie Smith could take a crap and the internet trolls would construe it as somehow dissing Glennon, Bucs fanbase, etc. The majority of these comments are from butthurt Bears fans so they should be taken with a grain of salt. That being said, I have great respect for Bears org./ city of Chicago but are you really better off since Lovie left? He was far from the only problem there.

  50. prettyboyjd says: Mar 12, 2014 9:49 PM

    Lmao. You clowns sound like morons. How many of you have coached an NFL team, let alone make it to the Super Bowl with Rex Grossman…THAT”S RIGHT, ZERO!!! Keep being fans, and let the professional handle coaching!!! #fansarefansforareason

  51. mikeyone7 says: Mar 12, 2014 10:03 PM

    All this will do is fire up Glennon to perform even better. The quote also said it’s “josh McCowns job to lose” …maybe he is firing Glennon up to push him, not just handing him the job? Just sayin’

  52. jazsrt says: Mar 12, 2014 10:12 PM

    swampcannons says:
    Mar 12, 2014 9:42 PM

    I’ll take Lovie’s word over an internet GM/coach like yourself anytime. Seriously, Lovie Smith could take a crap and the internet trolls would construe it as somehow dissing Glennon, Bucs fanbase, etc. The majority of these comments are from butthurt Bears fans so they should be taken with a grain of salt. That being said, I have great respect for Bears org./ city of Chicago but are you really better off since Lovie left? He was far from the only problem there.

    Let’s see…from button third in the league in offense to second.

    Revamped online.

    Martellus Bennett.

    I’ll stop there.

  53. jazsrt says: Mar 12, 2014 10:12 PM


  54. bigbamboom1 says: Mar 12, 2014 10:16 PM

    Is something really rotten in the water in Tampa or what? They get 2 promising young stud QBs. Then change head coaches on both at the worse time. Who promptly pull the rug right from beneath them. Go figure. Glennon now knows how Josh Freeman felt about Schiano. I hope both recover. And go on to have great careers with another team.

  55. intelligent cement says: Mar 12, 2014 10:23 PM

    Send Glennon to Chicago – let Trestman work his magic on him.
    And on a side note, the ‘deer in the headlights’ comment above couldn’t be more accurate.

  56. GBwomenrhot says: Mar 12, 2014 10:25 PM

    You new Lovie fans will start seeing the rest of the real Lovie soon….sweet talker, unless you have a legitimate point of view that’s different, especially if you’re in the Media, then you’re ‘dumb as rocks’ as only Football Coaches know what’s what.

    McGown was a great story last year, and he’s a great guy…but without Trestman is he really going to continue the part-time excellence, or retreat to his woes in Arizona? My heart sez he’ll stay on course, my Head says it’s a long shot I wouldn’t bet on.

  57. campcouch says: Mar 12, 2014 10:35 PM

    Wow,I’m sure there a few teams who would take Glennon. Lovie Smith either thinks too highly of himself or the owners have given him absolute power. How is McCown suddenly the heap? Then again Rich Gannon and Steve DeBerg got their careers resurrected at a late stage. Still, he balled out for a rookie on a team going through a tough stretch.

  58. bearasstruth says: Mar 12, 2014 11:28 PM

    Wow! Strap yourself into you seat in a upright position Tampa. LOL. Tampa will maybe wins 6-7 games this season. Let’s see how Josh does in Jeff Telford’s west coast offensive system.

  59. jmcd84 says: Mar 13, 2014 4:06 AM

    Smith bringing in McCown and giving him the starting job isn’t a bad move. Glennon lovers can complain all you want, but the kid struggled last year in a offense that was completely different than the one Jeff Tedford is going to run. Drafting a QB isn’t a bad idea either. In this league of flops, and neve was beens a good or even consistent QB is hard to find. Not every guy coming out of college is Aaron Rodgers. This is a good insurance policy. Let McCown who is more consistent than Glennon take over. If he gets hurt, or fails let Glennon try. Always have a third option though.

  60. titaniksigh says: Mar 13, 2014 5:26 AM

    New lion comes in, kills the young, and starts his own pride.

  61. nisbo says: Mar 13, 2014 8:22 AM

    This sucks!! Glennon did A GREAT job last season when you look at the big picture. He lost the teams primary running back, Mike Williams, Jackson played so-so all season, the O-Line was mediocre at best. Glennon’s pocket presence is excellent no just for a rookie, but for any QB, no one can deny that, and that is a rare thing in the NFL for a rookie. I would say all he lacked was a little leadership in the huddle, which again based on the state of the team, would not have helped much. I’m hoping Lovie is trying to fire Glennon up, make him say “Sorry McCown, this is MY job to lose” and he puts it to everybody in training camp. Kick their ass Mike Glennon!

  62. msambrato says: Mar 13, 2014 9:42 AM

    The Bucs had the worst offense in the league last year. Glennon took 40 sacks in 13 games.

    I don’t get all the Glennon love. McCown’s QBR was 20 points higher.

    Besides, Lovie’s not about to let a Schiano man run the offense.

    All this hype about Glennon being fired up – I just don’t see it. The Bucs will draft a QB either this year or in the next and McCown will be the starter until Lovie’s hand picked guy is ready.

  63. jdubs82 says: Mar 13, 2014 3:20 PM

    If Josh McCown puts up the exact same numbers this coming yes as Glennon did in his rookie year, it’ll be the 2nd best year of Josh McCown’s entire career (which started in 2002)

  64. tap79 says: Mar 13, 2014 4:37 PM

    I am a huge Hawks fan but I have to say I thought Glennon was pretty good for a rookie. I thought Lovie picked up McCown in order to hone Glennon over the next couple of years… That would make sense but to tell Glennon to hit the bricks was kind of stupid. They should do him a favor and release him so he can find a new home and get better.

  65. dliwsrekoj says: Mar 13, 2014 5:03 PM

    Lol and 39 wry one kept questioning why this guy was dumped by the Bears after a 10-6 season. Let’s just put it this way. He is a defensive coach not a head coach. He believed Rex grossman out of all QB would beat Peyton Manning and that colts defense. McCown is not a starting QB plain and simple. He is a very proficient back up. That’s all.

  66. zdravit says: Mar 13, 2014 5:28 PM

    Lovie doesn’t belong in the league.

  67. 1976 bucs paper bag look in 2013 says: Mar 13, 2014 7:32 PM

    The writing is on the wall! Look at the roster, the Bucs will draft a O-Lineman to fill the spot of Carl Nicks. This is all smoke in mirrors. GO BUCS…

  68. evansvc says: Mar 13, 2014 8:53 PM

    GM/Coach, sit down and talk to this guy…I think he can help…..
    There are a lot worse QBs on NFL rosters that has never had the success Vince Young has had …(NFL Rookie of the Year, 2 Pro Bowls, Playoff experience and Mobility). Vince has a career winning record of 31-19…
    I hope he gets another chance even if it’s third string…

  69. acurat says: Mar 13, 2014 8:59 PM

    Did anyone posting on this article actually look at his stats, game by game? When you look at them, you realize other teams figured out Glennon’s weaknesses (like, throwing off his back foot when hurried) and threw them at him. His stats by season’s end fell like a rock!

    In the first four games his QBR was 55.7, 84.7, 90.7, 80.1. His next four were 123.1, 69.3, 137.5, 138.4. From that point on, it was all downhill. His remaining 5 games were 73.5, 40.4, 75.5, 78.7, 75.2. His rookie year is misleading because as he was learning against GREAT teams like Atlanta and Detroit, he lit them up. When he faced anything better (besides the outlier Seattle), he played average to poorly. End of year against Buffalo, St. Louis, San Fran, and New Orleans he played badly in all those games.

    Lovie is not being stupid about Glennon, he is covering his ass to make sure he is not stuck with him with no other viable option for the season. He wants to win now, and you cannot fault him for that. Glennon could prove him wrong, but the odds are not in his favor looking at the decline he faced by the end of the season.

  70. cri33 says: Mar 13, 2014 10:32 PM

    Now I wonder who is going to last longer…Smith or McCown.

  71. councilofargos says: Mar 14, 2014 7:14 AM

    I personally do not see how Tampa Bay needs a QB. McNoun had one good year throwing to probably 2 top 15 wide receivers in fantasy land. Tampa doesnt have the talent on offense as chicago does. Maybe McNoun knows Smith lingo and Glennon doesnt. But how do you throw 19-9 td/int and then get tossed aside? look Tampa like chicago has a stud in the backfield. But Tampa drafting a QB early would be wasting a draft pick. Want to draft a 3rd string QB fine wait until round 5-7. But Glennon can play in this league.

  72. marmac2768 says: Mar 14, 2014 10:11 PM

    LOVIE!!! You have experience as a head coach and you said something dumb like this??? WHY?? The right answer, whether it’s true or not, is to say, “The job is wide open, and we’ll go into training camp and see who is going to WIN the job as the Bucs QB.” Don’t EVER say that this guy is my starting QB without a competition. Maybe he is your guy, but he needs to know that the QB job is to the guy who SHOWS that he is the best QB! I love ya Lovie, but you just screwed up!

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