Mark Dominik, Greg Schiano sound off on Mike Glennon pick
When the Bucs drafted N.C. State quarterback Mike Glennon tonight, it left many a bit puzzled at the team's intentions.
In a press conference late tonight at One Buc Place, general manager Mark Dominik and coach Greg Schiano addressed the pick with reporters.
Here are some highlights of their Q&A:
Dominik on the thinking behind the choice:
"We talked about it at the end of last season. We want to increase the competition for everybody, bring out the best in everybody. It’s a position on our team that we felt was a good fit for the third round and the value of the player and what he can do. And frankly, it lets him come in here and be around Josh Freeman and be around Dan Orlovsky and learn from the coaches, John McNulty and Mike Sullivan and what we do offensively. What’s why we took him: For what he can do in this system."
Schiano on how quickly Glennon can develop:
"I think that’s hard with any rookie quarterback. It’s going to be a matter of how quickly he grasps our system. The fact is we have a starting quarterback in Josh Freeman."
Schiano on Glennon's accuracy issues:
"The thing with the accuracy, if you watch – and we obviously watched a ton of tape – he had an extraordinarily high number of dropped passes. Really when you go back to his first year, he had a better completion percentage – not as many dropped passes. Certainly every ball wasn’t on the spot. But that’s something we took into account."
Schiano on competition at quarterback and elsewhere:
"When I said that after last season, that’s kind of a philosophical thing with me. . . I think competition and quality depth across our roster is critical for us to be a championship team."
Dominik on the mere three quarterbacks chosen so far:
"It was something we thought could happen. We build depth charts at every position going into the draft. We put holes where we think there’s actually openings. If you looked at the quarterback position, there’s a lot of clubs that feel like they have their No. 1 quarterback, like us. Needless to say that end up (making) quarterbacks drop."
Dominik summing up the decision:
"If you sit back and look, this is a quarterback-driven league. Anytime you have a chance to add a guy into your organization you feel like you can develop, but also has a talent that fits your system and fits what you believe in terms of the character. . . as a player, that’s the reason we took him in the position that we did."