Oct 24, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon (8) warms up before a gam against the Carolina Panthers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Expect the Tampa Bay Buccaneers To Seek Out A Quarterback This Offseason

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have still never found their franchise quarterback. Through the history of the franchise, there are more stories of failed signal callers and disappointments under center than at any other position.

The most recent disaster story, Josh Freeman, gave way to Mike Glennon early in the 2013 season, and it’s Glennon who sits atop the depth chart heading into Lovie Smith’s first year in Tampa Bay.

And while there are certainly options in the draft at the position, there may not be a worthy quarterback around when the Buccaneers pick at the seventh selection. But whether or not the Buccaneers spend their top pick on a quarterback, one thing is fairly certain.

There will be a new quarterback in Tampa next season.

Jason Licht, the new GM of the Buccaneers, spoke with 98.7 The Fan in Tampa and was asked about the weaknesses on his team. When pass rushers were brought up, he compared pass rushers to quarterbacks, and said you can never have enough of either.

“I don’t think you can ever pass on a pass rusher, regardless if you’ve got those on your team or not. Just like a quarterback. You’re always looking for that next Tom Brady. You might have a franchise quarterback on your hands, but you always have to prepare for the future.”

Licht was a member of the New England scouting staff when the team drafted Tom Brady in the sixth round, so he’s aware of how a team can be changed by adding the right guy under center. And while it’s unlikely that the Buccaneers are going to find another Tom Brady in the late rounds in 2014, they will at least provide depth at the QB position and bring competition for Mike Glennon.

Because as Licht said, you’re always looking for that Tom Brady. Even if it’s in a slightly different form.

You don’t have to search hard to find a story about Russell Wilson lately, as the second-year quarterback has led his team to the Super Bowl to face Peyton Manning and the Broncos. Wilson was a third-round pick who was slated to sit behind Matt Flynn before winning the job and becoming one of the best young quarterbacks in the league. The Seahawks paid well to bring in Flynn, but remained diligent and got a quarterback they liked in the draft as well.

It’s clearly paid off.

So while we may not see Blake Bortles or Teddy Bridgewater in Tampa this season, you can almost certainly bet on the presence of a new face or two under center during the 2014 preseason.

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  • Karen Melanson Hartman

    Well that was a given Leo

  • Reinald Vallejo

    None worth taking in the draft. Carr will be hyped up to #1 when the scouts see his arm strength. Bridgewater will fall in the #5-8 draft order range.

    • LeoTPP

      Saying “none” discounts the six rounds that follow the first. It is possible to take a quarterback outside of the top-10. Not looking for a franchise guy here.

  • Centrale

    Just a reminder, Tom Brady was selected with the 199th pick. Everyone’s looking at the big names but they come with big price tags, too. I’d like to see the team invest in shoring up the foundations – O line and D line – and then whoever is taking the snaps is going to have a good situation to build on.

    • Tom Weissmann

      Exactly. It all starts in the trenches and that was a major reason they finished dead last in total offense. If there’s no protection or no holes being made, the offense isn’t going anywhere. Same can be said on defense. No one to plug those holes or get after the QB effectively hurts the rest of the team. I’d like to see Robinson or Matthews at 7 or trade back and get either Nix or Jernigan to create havoc at the point of attack.

  • Jayson Kaplan

    Use the #7 pick for Khalil Mack (or an offensive lineman if Mack is gone) and then take San Jose St. QB David Fales in a later round. I certainly haven’t seen all there is to see, but to my eyes, Fales has at least as much upside potential as any QB in this draft. He can already make every throw, something several QBs that will go in the top 10 picks CANNOT do. At the very least, he’s a significantly better prospect than Glennon ever was. I’m still not convinced that without Schiano’s crush on him that Glennon would have ever made an NFL roster.

    • LeoTPP

      Fales is small and has small hands and doesn’t have the strongest arm, but he throws with good anticipation, which is something I personally like in a QB. I need to watch him more closely.

      • Jayson Kaplan

        Which reason would you prefer for my not caring about Fales’ size, that QBs like Brees and Wilson are successes, or that Mike Glennon is 6’7″ with giant hands like Arsenio Hall?

        • LeoTPP

          By the “if Brees and Wilson did it, anyone can” logic we should just only draft sixth round QBs from Michigan or first round QBs from Tennessee. Not every guy is like the similar players who came before him. For every Brees and WIlson there are dozens of guys who didn’t cut it in the NFL due to size. You cited two of 32. Those are still poor odds.

          • Jayson Kaplan

            Better I name every single 6’4″ QB prospect that failed? Sorry, nobody has that kind of free time available. There are WAY more 6′ and over QBs that failed miserably than undersized QBs that never even got a chance to show they were better than the guys that were drafted for their height.

            My point is that every last prospect that enters the league is an individual and no matter how much scouts favorably compare a prospect to an established player or some age-old template for what a player at that position should look like, it’s entirely meaningless.

            Remember how we heard about how strong and accurate Glennon’s arm was and how big he is? In reality, his arm was neither and for all the glad-handing by announcers (mostly Ronde Barber) about his “functional mobility,” I saw a guy that more than once tripped over his own oversized feet.

            It’s far from being just about QBs as well. It’s a damn good thing someone on the Bucs scouting team didn’t agree with most that Lavonte David is too small to be an NFL LB because quite obviously he’s not.

          • LeoTPP

            You’re further proving my point by saying that quarterbacks of all sizes fail. But short quarterbacks have a much steeper curve. There’s a reason why there are only two short starting quarterbacks.

            And while I agree with your point, I feel like you’re arguing against yourself by comparing to Brees, Wilson, and David. Every player is his own man. I am just saying that there are specific things about being a quarterback that are made tough by being short with smaller hands. I never said Fales was bad, and you took my comments about his height out of context. All of those qualities make Fales who he is. If he was taller, his NFL transition would be smoother. Just how things go. Just a fact of life.

          • Jayson Kaplan

            I wasn’t really comparing Fales to Brees or Wilson or anyone else. I was simply making the point that there are (at least) two ways to approach debating the notion of the “too small QB.” I used Brees and Wilson as the obvious examples that most people point to. The other example was someone like Glennon, or any of the taller allegedly big-armed QBs the scouts seem to love but whose performance left at least the two of us repeatedly discussing the need for another QB in this offense.

            I do completely agree with you that physically smaller QBs can have a tougher transition to the NFL. I also know I’ve seen enough games from the guy already to see him make throws in game situations that he would have to make in an NFL game. With a QB development guy like Tedford, it’s an interesting prospect for a QB to take in this draft without having to reach with a #7 overall pick for a guy who may not be a better prospect. Those scouts sure loved Blaine Gabbert.

            As far as each player being an individual, that was precisely my point (and elaborated in the 2nd paragraph of my previous comment.)

  • PINN

    Brett Smith. My guy…

  • victorbarney

    Folks, if Mike Vick couldn’t bring PEACE to our original city of brotherly-love Philly, we don’t WANT HIM in Tampa Bay! We’ve had a history of such issues, lets finally quit the same old mistakes! PLEASE!