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.