As Lovie Smith and Jason Licht respectively stepped to their podiums in Indianapolis, the national media was ready to pounce on the decision between Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston. Lovie and Licht were obviously on the same page in trying to talk up Mike Glennon.
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“The plan is, well, to move forward with Mike. I mean, it’s about that," Lovie Smith said. "You look at our roster, Mike’s the quarterback on our roster right now, for good reason. Even though he didn’t play as much as he liked last year, we saw some things that we really liked in him. Some of our new coaches that came in really liked him. Made the statement that we would be moving forward in the future with him and that’s where we’re at now.”
Added Jason Licht: "We want him to be part of the future; we like him a lot."
Glennon is currently the only legit NFL quarterback on the roster unless you want to include Seth Lobato. If Glennon was as highly regarded by both Lovie Smith and Jason Licht, he wouldn't have been benched in favor of Josh McCown. Lovie repeatedly said that McCown gave the Bucs a better chance to win in 2014.
Lovie smith is now singing a different tune about who gives them the best chance to win.
Lovie Smith said going forward with Mike Glennon gives the team the best chance to win.— Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) February 18, 2015
It was apparent that both Lovie Smith and Jason Licht were doing their best to drive up the trade value for Mike Glennon. The Bucs would be ecstatic to get a 2nd or 3rd round pick in return for Mike Glennon. A more likely scenario would have the Bucs receiving a 4th round pick in return for their backup quarterback.
While talking up Glennon, Jason Licht might have also hinted at the Bucs not only using their 1st overall selection without trading down, but if they use that selection, it will be on a quarterback.
"We're probably leaning toward using the pick," Licht said with a laugh when asked if he'll be trading the first overall pick.
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