Originally written on The Bay Cave  |  Last updated 11/17/14

The quarterback is a very important player for every team. Perfect example of that is what San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick did during Wild Card weekend to lead his team past the Green Bay Packers. Or what Indianapolis Colts’ quarterback Andrew Luck did to single-handedly  lift his team from down 28 points to advance to the divisional round. The traits that those quarterbacks have many believe  Bucs’ quarterback Mike Glennon does not. But this new regime, led by new head coach Lovie Smith, may be thinking differently. Smith revealed some details about his search for the right offensive coordinator. In his findings he chose former Cal head coach Jeff Tedford. Talking to the media during his introductory press conference, Smith said the search was all about the effect his offensive coordinator would have on his team’s quarterback. “I did a lot of research, talked to a lot of different people, other quarterbacks in the league,” Smith said. “For my offensive coordinator position, I wanted to get a guy that had been a primary quarterback guru, that knew that position in and out. My research led me to Jeff Tedford.” Smith stated he watched Glennon grow in 2013 and added that he wants the Bucs passing game to be explosive. But what Smith expounded on was Glennon’s mobility in the pocket and his decision making as two key ingredients a quarterback should have. “Mike was one of the first guys here early, walked in looked me straight in the eye and said ‘Hey coach I don’t know about the rules, when can we get started?’ That’s a good start right away this time of the year,” Smith said. “What I see and what I like from him a little bit is first off he’s a – I wouldn’t say prototype, he’s little bit taller than a prototype quarterback, but just strong armed, he had great pocket presence to me. Mike’s won’t win a 10-yard sprint probably – or maybe not a 40-yard sprint – but he can move around in the pocket enough, make smart decisions and there’s nothing like having that experience that he was able to get his rookie year.” Granted, football is a team sport. But we all can agree that the quarterback is a pivotal piece. Whether or not Glennon is the quarterback for the future for the Buccaneers remains to be seen. However, it seems like Glennon will definitely be the quarterback of the present.

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