Smith pleased by initial impression of QB Glennon
TAMPA -- It's too early to know how the Bucs' quarterback situation will play out for 2014, but new coach Lovie Smith said Monday that he's pleased by the attitude he's already seen from Mike Glennon, who started 13 games as a rookie in 2013.
"As a quarterback, you have to command respect ... the guy who commands it by his actions. Mike was one of the first guys here early," Smith said. "Walked in, looked me straight in the eye and said 'Hey, coach, I dont' know about the rules. When can we get started?' He wants to get started right away."
Glennon, who reset most Bucs rookie passing records and led NFL rookies with 19 touchdown passes, could face competition through free agency or from a top draft pick, but Smith likes the physical attributes he's seen in the former N.C. State quarterback.
"What I like from him, first off, he's a little bit taller than a prototype quarterback. Strong arm. He had great pocket presence to me," Smith said. "Mike's not going to win a 10-yard sprint, probably, maybe not a 40-yard sprint, but he can move around in the pocket good enough, make smart decisions. There's nothing like having that experience he was able to get his rookie year. I'm excited about going forward with him."
Just the same, Smith said once his coaching staff and front office are in place, they will evaluate every position on the roster and assess what the team has and any need for change.