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Tedford continues to assess Glennon

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The Bucs are not committed to Mike Glennon as their starting quarterback for 2014. How could they be?

New offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford can watch all the tape he wants but won't have him on the grass until the first offseason workout April 7.

Learning an NFL offense is harder than learning calculus and a new language. And during the regular season, quarterbacks will meet 16 times a week.

Glennon did some nice things as a rookie, and his biggest improvement should come in his second season. The best thing you can say about Glennon is he generally protected the football, throwing 19 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He didn't seem overwhelmed by the step up in competition.

But at 6 feet 6 and listed at 225 pounds, Glennon needs to add pounds and become a better athlete. And who knows what kind of fit he will be in Tedford's offense?

All Tedford will say is he is evaluating all of the offensive players. He also knows Tampa Bay holds the No. 7 overall pick in the draft.

"I see a lot of real positive things with Mike," Tedford said. "I'm really looking forward to getting to know him better; to be able to sit down and actually talk to him about things. Physically, I think he brings some real positives. But I also think there's some things he can improve on. He realizes that."

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper projects Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel as the No. 1 pick to the Texans, UCF QB Blake Bortles going No. 4 to the Browns and the Bucs passing on Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater for Buffalo LB Kalil Mack.

It's unimaginable the Bucs would pass on Bridgewater if he fell to them. There also is free agency, where Josh McCown and Michael Vick could be available.

"It's a quarterback league," Tedford said. "Not just in the NFL but everywhere. In college, the more efficient your quarterback is, the more productive your quarterback is. But that being said, it's not just the quarterback. It's the cast of people around him as well."

CROWDED BACKFIELD: RB Doug Martin was such a workhorse over his first two seasons, coach Greg Schiano planned to ride him until he couldn't go anymore. But the arrival of Tedford might preserve Martin's career.

Martin is coming off season-ending surgery on a torn labrum in his left shoulder sustained Oct. 20. Mike James played well before breaking his left ankle Nov. 11, and Bobby Rainey was a pleasant surprise.

Tedford says he preferred a running back by committee approach when he coached at Cal: "For one guy to carry the load the whole time, especially as physical as this level is, I think to have two and maybe three backs that … can provide different things as far as third-down backs are concerned, catching the ball out of the backfield, pass protection, all the things to be able to create some matchups I think are really the key."

GOT IT COVERED: One of the biggest transitions for an offensive coordinator going from college to the pros is the volume of plays needed for a 16-game regular season. That's what, essentially, caused Jeff Jagodzinski to lose his job 10 days before the 2009 opener.

But Tedford, who has not called plays at any level for four years, does not believe it will be a problem.

"We had a huge volume of plays in college," he said; "probably too many."

Tedford continues to assess Glennon

01/18/14 [Last modified: Saturday, January 18, 2014 9:43pm]
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