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Lovie Smith describes Glennon as future leader of franchise

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The Buccaneers have insisted that their quarterback of the past will be their quarterback of the future, even if he’s not their quarterback of the present.

Coach Lovie Smith spoke in the strongest terms yet regarding second-year quarterback Mike Glennon during halftime of the local broadcast of Friday night’s preseason opener.

Via JoeBucsFan.com, Smith had this to say about Glennon in a prerecorded interview with Ronde Barber:  “In time he will be leading our franchise.”

The potency of that assessment gives rise to a fairly obvious follow-up:  When?

The transcript of Smith’s Saturday press conference reveals no questions or answers addressing that or any other matters relating to Glennon.  In fact, Glennon’s name wasn’t even mentioned by Smith in the transcript.  But the transcript shows that Smith did provide a less-than-glowing evaluation of the current starter, Josh McCown.

“It was tough, but we got a chance to evaluate Josh under tough circumstances,” Smith said.  “That’s why he’s a mobile quarterback.  Sometimes you have to move around a little bit.  Josh will learn.  He took a hit as he scrambled one time — can’t take that hit.  We’ll have better protection for him and he’ll be able to have more success.”

McCown threw only four passes, completing two to his teammates and one to the Jacksonville defense.  Glennon, in contrast, connected on 11 of 19 throws for 140 yards and a touchdown.

If that trend continues, Glennon could be leading the franchise sooner than expected.

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51 Responses to “Lovie Smith describes Glennon as future leader of franchise”
  1. zdravit says: Aug 9, 2014 5:34 PM

    And what a pathetic franchise it will be.

    #FireLovie

  2. jimmy53 says: Aug 9, 2014 5:35 PM

    He’s our QB of the future—y’know, until we take Winston or Mariota in next year’s draft.

  3. freddiec8 says: Aug 9, 2014 5:35 PM

    The way they looked last night aganist the jags they had better get going because I would’nt take either one of them now.

  4. firerogergoodellnow says: Aug 9, 2014 5:38 PM

    “If you have two quarterbacks, you have none.”

  5. bucsorbust says: Aug 9, 2014 5:39 PM

    Whoa…Nelly! All five O line guys last night had NEVER played together at all. They really stunk. McCown ran for his life for the short time he was in. So did Doug Martin, etc. McCown made a couple GREAT throws called back for O line penalties. So it’s not quite that bad, PFT! The O line needs to get it together for sure. In the meantime, it was nice to see Glennon more comfortable when he was in compared to last preseason. But he WAS playing the second teamers. And we all know (and love) Lovie. He can change his mind tomorrow and that’s what head coaches do, are supposed to do. He’s correct in that right now, Glennon is the future. That can change at (what time is it now?)….very soon. Let’s see at preseason week 3 how this is going. I think in one week there will be different dialog.

  6. maltdawg says: Aug 9, 2014 5:40 PM

    They are both terrible and if Lovie thinks that Glennon is the Qb of the future then he needs to go to. Mariota, Winston or Hundley would all be upgrades over the crap we have at Qb now…Also, how do you draft a wr with the 7th pick in the draft and he doesn’t even start. Can we please get a FRANCHISE QB. Something this franchise hasn’t had since Doug Williams.

  7. newdayintampabay says: Aug 9, 2014 5:41 PM

    Can’t pin the entire blame on McCown. Even though I’m pro-Glennon he would’ve looked just as bad going up there with our 1st team offense. That offensive line is horrendous.

    The bucs better make a move for Boone quick.

  8. mikealstott says: Aug 9, 2014 5:42 PM

    In all fairness to McCown, our starting offensive line played horribly … Glennon fairer better because he had some time to make the throws…

  9. grantgoodman93 says: Aug 9, 2014 5:42 PM

    Their O-Line needs some serious work

  10. bucsorbust says: Aug 9, 2014 5:42 PM

    @jimmy53…season ticket holder here. If they take Winston, I’m going to burn down my neighborhood, unless of course, I don’t. For the same reason we didn’t take Manziel, we won’t take Winston. But I hear you…get a QB if these two guys don’t pan out. Or get one anyway!

  11. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 9, 2014 5:44 PM

    You just never know sometimes, he could be the greatest QB in the world among those that aren’t good enough to start today.

  12. poorcalvinisstuckonthecrappylions says: Aug 9, 2014 5:44 PM

    Lovie has the best eye for terrible QB’s…

    “Rex is our Quarterback”

  13. gayforbrady says: Aug 9, 2014 5:45 PM

    Fire lovie smith.

    He declared macclown the starter 5 months ago.

    Good head coach let’s them compete for the job.

    Bad head coach knows everything

  14. bucsorbust says: Aug 9, 2014 5:45 PM

    @newdayintampabay.
    My thoughts exactly. That said, this line is 100% new and has NEVER worked together. Let’s give them a couple weeks, see if they learn/coach up. I’m betting it will come together as all the parts have been good elsewhere. The slow leak is Cousins, but he’s not inexperienced, not really bad.

  15. snaponrules says: Aug 9, 2014 5:50 PM

    Hope the bears fans screaming to keep JM or Lovie were watching that game close.

    Bucs fans, I feel for what you are about to go through.

  16. 6ball says: Aug 9, 2014 5:50 PM

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    Who would have predicted that Lovie would have a quarterback controversy in preseason week 1?
    .

  17. mudhead123 says: Aug 9, 2014 5:50 PM

    Hahaha. Only had to read the headline

  18. sportsfan18 says: Aug 9, 2014 5:52 PM

    gayforbrady says:
    Aug 9, 2014 5:45 PM
    Fire lovie smith.

    He declared macclown the starter 5 months ago.

    Good head coach let’s them compete for the job.

    Bad head coach knows everything

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    So I guess Belichick should make Tom Brady compete to start this season?

    Or Peyton in Denver?

    What about Rex Ryan saying that it’s Geno (when he sucks)?

    And on and on and on…

  19. 941bucs says: Aug 9, 2014 5:53 PM

    He got shafted no doubt. But I like how hes staying strong and keeping his cool. I support him as our future QB….he just needs to eat a sandwhich or two to prevent getting snapped in half in the NFL

  20. kd75 says: Aug 9, 2014 5:56 PM

    So basically that light at the end of the tunnel is an oncoming train.

  21. noleitup says: Aug 9, 2014 5:59 PM

    Hey Lovie, You know if your oline cant run or pass block it doesn’t matter if you have Peyton Manning back there right? Just sayin…

  22. scottb23 says: Aug 9, 2014 6:00 PM

    Yea right. They should trade for Josh Freeman.

  23. bucsorbust says: Aug 9, 2014 6:02 PM

    @941bucs
    I support any QB who can do the job. If that’s McCown, great. If it’s Glennon, great. Not going to know anything from last night. Those laughing about McCown are probably the same ones who wanted him to stay in CHI. I could care less who the QB is….let’s go two more weeks and take the best one. Lovie did make it clear that Josh was #1 going into camp but it’s also because you have to assign a number/depth chart. Both he and Josh are professionals enough to know if you don’t perform, that can change. Frankly, I think in one week it will be talking about how well McCown played, how inconsistent Glennon was. That is the truth about both QBs. But I hope both are successful, obviously.

  24. bucsorbust says: Aug 9, 2014 6:06 PM

    The Bucs, and 21 other teams, including the Cleveland Browns, passed on Johnny Manziel. So you really can’t say Lovie isn’t with the program. Season ticket holder…Bucs…not worried. BTW, the starting D destroyed the opponent…shut them out totally.

  25. baller2 says: Aug 9, 2014 6:12 PM

    first pre-season game let’s not get too stressed out. our o-line is young but we have the best o line coach in the league. saw interview of him when he coached in dallas and he is all about fundamentals, technique and toughness. Coach hop will straighten them out ‘cuz he’s a excellent teacher and motivator stay true bucs fans ‘cuz we are on the right road and we build from here

  26. bucsorbust says: Aug 9, 2014 6:12 PM

    @zdravit
    Bucs ranked 30th in the world in franchise value. So you can smoke that one. We love Lovie in Tampa. This isn’t a fluke….he was great the first time he was here. Lovie belongs here, belongs with one of the top franchises in the world. Sore losers in Chicago do come here on vacation. Ker-ching!

  27. bucsorbust says: Aug 9, 2014 6:18 PM

    @maltdawg
    You ask how you draft 7 overall WR and he doesn’t start. Here’s a hint. We know we’re keeping him. Mike Evans also missed OTAs due to academic policy. It’ the folks you won’t keep who need to get the look. He got some time, and will get more. And man, some other guys did very well. Glad they got some reps. If you look at the Bucs depth chart, clear starters aren’t listed as starters. That is by design. No free rides. Questions?

  28. bucsorbust says: Aug 9, 2014 6:22 PM

    @baller2
    You say we have a great O line coach but all the guys are misfits, never played in the NFL. Oh wait, they have. 4 of 5 are proven, but they have never played together til last night.

    Yup…steep learning curve, most players have good experience, proven elsewhere, great coach. They will get it. You R 100% right.

  29. 78jaguar says: Aug 9, 2014 6:22 PM

    Yes…I was at the game in Jacksonville last night. My Jags got tons of pressure on the QB through the porous O line of TB. And we have had the worst pass rush in the league for a while now. I hate to see how the Buc line will fare against teams with a better rush.

  30. kwjsb says: Aug 9, 2014 6:33 PM

    Rivers, Wilson and Glennon

    Is NCSU the new QBU?

  31. mrbigass says: Aug 9, 2014 6:43 PM

    Lovie, just make sure the buildings are clean and you’ll be fine……

  32. rupp246 says: Aug 9, 2014 6:46 PM

    Why do u go out and get a journeyman Qb who has had 1 good year at best and make him your starting Qb? The Bucs are pathetic.

  33. milkmandanimal says: Aug 9, 2014 6:51 PM

    Oniel Cousins started at RG. My grandmother could play as well as he did, and she’s been dead for 15 years.

  34. 4thqtrsaint says: Aug 9, 2014 6:59 PM

    But mainly, what’s up with those unis? Glad that’s not my team.

  35. mantastic54 says: Aug 9, 2014 7:19 PM

    Lovie also claimed the Bears had 5 #1 WRs in 2011 after they signed Roy Williams and Sam Herd, so I wouldn’t believe anything he says.

  36. claymatthewshairplugs says: Aug 9, 2014 7:21 PM

    Lovie Smith qb, offensive line problems, where have we heard all of this before. With Lovie at the helm the Tampa bay offense will never be ready

  37. rajbais says: Aug 9, 2014 7:45 PM

    Why did you sign McCown then??

    Don’t fix anything that isn’t broken otherwise you might break your own career.

  38. poorcalvinisstuckonthecrappylions says: Aug 9, 2014 8:15 PM

    bucsorbust says:
    Aug 9, 2014 6:12 PM
    @zdravit
    Bucs ranked 30th in the world in franchise value. So you can smoke that one. We love Lovie in Tampa. This isn’t a fluke….he was great the first time he was here. Lovie belongs here, belongs with one of the top franchises in the world. Sore losers in Chicago do come here on vacation. Ker-ching!

    ____________________________________

    Being ranked 30th in anything is horrid and pathetic, nothing to be proud off.

    How do you know Lovie belongs there he has even won a game in Tampa yet?

    Your rants on here reveal your ignorance and low self-esteem.

    I lived in Florida and have been there many times, it’s filled with largest population of low class white trash I have ever seen, worst drivers in the world and terrible food. Florida sucks, try Cali…

  39. nolebucfan32 says: Aug 9, 2014 8:26 PM

    Lovie, like Dungy, can not evaluate o-linemen. Very good coach, but huge Achilles heel. With a journeyman McCown who had one good year under an offensive guru, I fear my Bucs are not going to take a big step this year. 8-8 looks about the most to expect.

  40. bucfanforlife says: Aug 9, 2014 8:34 PM

    cousins is bad third graders are better than him, and if you think glennon is the answer watch some tape from last year, this guy isn’t one of the top 32 qbs in the country, which means he isn’t a nfl starter

  41. metalhead65 says: Aug 9, 2014 9:17 PM

    stop your whining buc fans it’s not as if Bears fans did not warn you this was going to happen. now shut up and enjoy lovie ball!

  42. bucsorbust says: Aug 9, 2014 9:58 PM

    @zdravit
    30th franchise in the whole WORLD is big. Yes, Bucs are there. Fact. That is good. No GREAT. You said “pathetic franchise” and were wrong. I called you on it. You lose.

  43. belichickdominatedjoemontana says: Aug 9, 2014 10:17 PM

    The same man that kept Rex Grossman in all the way til the Super Bowl. Where Rex 31 turnovers threw as many touchdown passes to the Colts players as Peyton Manning did.

    Lovie is clueless when it comes to QBs. FACT

  44. codythao35 says: Aug 10, 2014 12:03 AM

    Lovie will fail again bc of qb issue. When ever you have Rodgers tip OC for job, there will be failure bc either peewee Rodgers doesn’t know what he’s talking about or he wants Lovie to fail. LOL, CHEEEEEEESE!!!

  45. codythao35 says: Aug 10, 2014 12:04 AM

    Lovie will fail again bc of qb issue. Whenever you have Rodgers tip OC for job, there will be failure bc either peewee Rodgers doesn’t know what he’s talking about or he wants Lovie to fail. LOL, CHEEEEEEESE!!!

  46. edavidberg says: Aug 10, 2014 12:28 AM

    Lovie has no idea what to do or say with respect to the offense. He should defer to Tedford on all such matters.

  47. focushawk72 says: Aug 10, 2014 7:12 AM

    Lovie is simply stupid for declaring McCown his starter before he had even had the chance to coach Glennon and allow a competition to take place. Dumb dumb dumb.

  48. evansvc says: Aug 10, 2014 11:25 PM

    Bring in Vince Young.. It would be a WIN-WIN situation for everybody involved…
    This would be the best insurance policy a team could ever have…
    (NFL Rookie of the Year, 2 Pro Bowls, Playoff experience and Mobility). Vince has a career winning record of 31-19…
    It would definitely upgrade the team’s quarterback pool

  49. newtoallthis23 says: Aug 11, 2014 8:22 AM

    In fairness to McCown, he had no time to throw. Either he needs to be back in a deeper shotgun so he can stop up or be taking no the snap from under center, but whichever way he does it the kine has to give him time.

  50. acurat says: Aug 11, 2014 10:34 AM

    I wrote this earlier and I will write it again, Smith made a decision onw what he knew. If McCown does not adopt and improve and the Bucs lose the first couple of games due to QB errors, the future will be sooner than he thought. He will have no choice but to start Glennon in an effort to save the season. I gave McCown four games to prove himself at least as effective. After that Glennon watch will be in play.

  51. JC De La Torre says: Aug 11, 2014 12:07 PM

    There is no QB controvery in Tampa Bay. An o-line controversy? Yes. But McCown is the QB this season.

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