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Jason Licht expects competition for Bucs QB job


With the signing of former Chicago Bears quarterback Josh McCown to a two-year contract, new Tampa Bay head coach Lovie Smith seemed fairly certain the Buccaneers had found their quarterback.

General manager Jason Licht wasn’t so quick to rule out Mike Glennon or draft pick potentially earning the job.

In an interview with PFT from the owner’s meetings in Orlando, Fla., Licht said he expect a competition for the starting quarterback job.

“Well someone has to take the first rep and it’s gonna be Josh McCown, but there is gonna be a competition,” Licht said. “Competition drives the best out of both people I think this is the best possible situation Mike Glennon can be in to have a guy like Josh McCown in the building.”

Licht also wouldn’t rule out taking a quarterback with the seventh pick in the draft.

“It’s possible it can be a quarterback, tackle, corner it’s gonna be the best players available,” Licht said.

Smith obviously has a comfort level with McCown, who played for two years under Smith in Chicago. However, Glennon also showed promise as a rookie last season. Glennon completed 59 percent of his passes for 2,608 yards with 19 touchdown and nine interceptions in 13 starts for the Buccaneers.

As Licht notes, McCown is No. 1 on the depth chart right now. Whether he will still be No. 1 on the depth chart come September remains to be seen.

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10 Responses to “Jason Licht expects competition for Bucs QB job”
  1. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 27, 2014 7:37 AM

    What the Bucs really need is competition at the GM and HC positions.

  2. rdstpa2 says: Mar 27, 2014 7:55 AM

    Glendon will end up being the starter in Sept.

  3. rdstpa2 says: Mar 27, 2014 7:57 AM


  4. TheDPR says: Mar 27, 2014 8:14 AM

    I thought Glennon showed potential and didn’t do anything to earn a demotion. Bringing in a veteran backup like McCown to mentor the kid is a good move. Thinking he can replicate his small portfolio of success from Chicago last year and stretch it out into full seasons with lesser weapons is a fool’s game.

  5. mjmistretta says: Mar 27, 2014 8:48 AM

    I believe it should be an open competition. Glennon played with all his weapons on IR and played well…He even made the all rookie team.

  6. trezzyt says: Mar 27, 2014 9:36 AM

    Mike Glennon Do Deserve another opportunity though

  7. willjasper says: Mar 27, 2014 10:39 AM

    I thought Glennon played well in a circus atmosphere last year. If I were the Browns, I’d try to acquire him for a mid-round pick.

  8. doe22us says: Mar 27, 2014 1:49 PM

    19TD’s and 9 picks is pretty good, considering he didnt even start the season nor atop the depth chart. He played better than Flacco thats for sure and he is a rookie.

  9. gburr75 says: Mar 27, 2014 2:21 PM

    I expect competition as well….just can’t hand the job over to McCown!

  10. mikeschmitt1217 says: Mar 27, 2014 4:06 PM

    I agree…it was a confusing statement to see Lovie declare McCown the starter before OTAs even started. Especially with how Glennon played last season in such a dysfunctional environment. I don’t think Glennon is necessarily the answer at QB but he showed definite potential.

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