Is the quarterback controversy in Tampa Bay already over?
According to Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times, Lovie Smith told the media on Wednesday afternoon that Josh McCown was his quarterback.
Bucs' Lovie Smith, asked if Josh McCown is his quarterback: "Yes, he is."
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) March 12, 2014
McCown was signed by the Buccaneers on Wednesday afternoon, and figured to compete with Mike Glennon for the starter’s role in Tampa. But apparently he’s got a head start on winning that job and running Jeff Tedford’s offense in 2014.
Jeff Tedford will run a system similar to what Marc Trestman ran in Chicago, as our friends at Bucs Nation pointed out. He needs a quarterback who is ready to make quick decisions and execute the gameplan while retaining the information he provides to his signal callers.
And apparently, given what they know about Mike Glennon already, that’s something the coaching staff would prefer to see Josh McCown do.
McCown will have a very similar setup to the one he had in Chicago, as he’ll have big, strong receivers who can pluck the ball out of the air if it’s not delivered perfectly. He’ll have an improved offensive line, as well, and a running game that features three versatile running backs.
The Buccaneers will still likely add a quarterback in the draft, and it may be a first-round pick. But by adding McCown, they’ve allowed themselves a chance to run the offense with a proven, if unspectacular, veteran under center while they develop their quarterback of choice.
The Bucs will hold a press conference tomorrow at noon to introduce McCown and other free agents, and Smith will likely explain more about his thoughts on the quarterback at that time.