Lovie Smith: Bucs Will Consider A QB With No. 7 Pick


We all know when a new coach and GM are hired, they usually want to select their own quarterback as well.  It’s nothing personal, just standard business.

Lovie Smith has to determine in the next few weeks if Mike Glennon can be his guy under center, or if he has to go out and use the No. 7 overall pick on one of the many talented quarterbacks set to enter the league.

Reports were that Smith had initially seen enough of Glennon to know that he could be a player.

But Smith Told the Tampa Bay Times on  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 at least consider it.

“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.”

“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.”

If it were another coach saying that, I would say see you later to Mike Glennon.  Lovie Smith though has appeared in a Super Bowl with Rex Grossman as his signal caller, so he knows a thing or two about winning with defense.