Smith isn’t the first Bucs’ coach to love a QB

by Gary Shelton on April 1, 2015 · 6 comments

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Wednesday, 6:30 a.m.

At this rate, the Bucs might not just draft Jameis Winston.

At this rate, they might adopt him.

The Bucs appear to be completely into Winston, lock, stock and cannons. They might put his face on stadium bucks. They might put it on the

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Gene Armentrout April 5, 2015 at 9:39 am

I just can’t shake my belief that no QB can successfully operate behind that awful Bucs O line. So I am not sold on spending the 1st round pick on any QB. I would trade that pick and get a handful of linemen. (But I am not the GM am I ?) Is the stat right that I have read that only about 1 out of 6 first round QB picks pan out ? Regarding Winston (this will get me in trouble with Seminole fans) let’s remember that he played ACC football and had a lot of interceptions. The image of Winston that haunts me is that “deer in the headlights” look he showed when getting up from being knocked on his butt.

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Gary Shelton April 5, 2015 at 11:15 am

You could be right. The difference maker, to me is that there isn’t a great lineman prospect, a Munoz or a Pace. Offensive linemen bust, too. Remember Kenyatta Walker? Remember Eric Fisher? Most great lines have one first-round draft pick, and this one could use one of those. But great quarterbacks are more important. If you think you can get one, grab him.

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scott myers April 1, 2015 at 1:29 pm

Gary, regarding Lovie Smith’s anointing of Josh McCown as the Bucs starting quarterback for the 2014 season, the dots did not come close to connecting. The two years that Lovie, as head coach of the Chicago Bears, had Josh on his roster, Josh was 3rd string quarterback, and Lovie cut him during the 2nd year. So how did Josh all of sudden become worthy enough to be a starter, without even competing for the job.

Methinks that an owner(s) that was truly engaged with the franchise would have never let this move take place without tons of due diligence.

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Gary Shelton April 1, 2015 at 7:50 pm

McCown had a solid year with the Bears in 2012 and was, admittedly, one of the prizes in last year’s free agency class. That’s how hard it is to find quarterbacks. And this will blow your mind: McCown actually got a raises after winning one game and getting cut.

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scott myers April 1, 2015 at 9:46 pm

I think you mean that McCown had a solid year with the Bears in 2013. He had a solid one third of a year – 5 games started with a 3-2 w-l record.

Yes, I was aware that Josh landed on his feet after he got cut. Maybe one of the best jobs on the planet is being an NFL backup quarterback – great pay with very few or no concussions!

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Gary Shelton April 1, 2015 at 10:38 pm

Yes, it was the ’13 season. His quarterback rating was over 100, and he was fairly well coveted in the off-season. If you look at the reviews, most of them were in favor of his signing. I remember writing how rare it was that a quarterback blossomed at his age.

Pay has really gone up for backups. Hard to believe this team paid him like a starter when it signed him, and he got more than that this year.

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