By Dory LeBlanc
As Leslie Frazier and Jeff Tedford each took the podium for the first time as coordinators on Lovie Smith's staff, questions quickly surrounded two of the most important positions on an NFL roster; pass rusher and quarterback.
After delivering an opening statement, former Vikings head coach, now Bucs Defensive Coordinator Leslie Frazier answered questions from the reporter pool, one of which was addressing a position of need that seemed to have gone ignored last offseason, the pass-rusher. Whether one is developed in house or the organization seeks one out in free agency, Frazier understands the importance of having one to begin with.
"Extremely important in our league today with the way the league has really become a pass-happy league for the most part," Frazier said. "When the numbers, when it comes to offensive statistics are off the charts you need someone that can rush the pass without always having to bring an extra guy. You need that guy that can beat an offensive tackle or can win a chip with a back, and can find a way to get to the quarterback if you're going to have a great defense.
"And in this system, like any system, you need that one guy if you can find him. They're sometimes rare to find, but we (Minnesota) had one in Jared Allen, Lovie had one in [Julius] Peppers in Chicago and it really makes a difference in our league if you can find a guy who can rush the pass without having to blitz all the time."
When asked about his relationship with free agent defensive end Jared Allen, Frazier was extremely complimentary.
"We have a great relationship," Frazier said of Allen. "I have a lot of respect for Jared, both as a player and as a man. He did a lot to help me when I was a defensive coordinator, without question. (I) Just have a lot of respect for him and we'll see what happens with his future."
If bringing the sack-happy Allen is on the Bucs' radar, Frazier isn't going to be the one to confirm it.
"Well that will be something for our GM and head coach to decide," Frazier said. "I'll share whatever input I can, but they'll have to make those decisions regarding our personnel."
On the other side of the ball, Offensive Coordinator Jeff Tedford, who made a name for himself for his prowess for developing quarterbacks in college, think he has one he can work with in Mike Glennon.
"I've seen a lot with Mike on tape over the last couple of days," Tedford continued, "It's really hard to know because you don't know what he was asked to do. And I think until you look and say, 'What was he asked to do?' You don't really know if he was doing the right thing or wrong thing.
"But my impression? I can tell you my first impression is, he did a lot of good things. He's a rookie, he took over fourth game, something like that, so I think his growth and development - I saw some progression through the year with him. I think he's got a lot of poise in the pocket, I don't think he gets frustrated in the pocket. He's pretty smart with the football when things aren't there, he's throwing them away, he's making good decisions. Good decisions come in many forms, whether you're trying to complete a pass, throw the football away, manage the clock, whatever it may be.
"So I see a lot of real positive things with Mike and I'm really looking forward to getting to know him better; to be able to sit down and actually talk to him about things.
Tedford continued on his rookie quarterback from NC State saying "I think physically, I think he brings some real positives, but I also think there's some things he can improve on and I think he realizes that. I think there's some quarterback fundamentals we can help him with. And then physically himself to know - I think he understands what his limitations are that we can improve on in the weight room with strength and conditioning and fast twitch and some things there that may help him a little bit."
Tedford went on to talk about other things Glennon does well including intangibles such as his demeanor, the way he is respected in the locker room, and how he handled being a rookie back-up QB then thrust into a leadership role.
The former Cal coach also talked about how fortunate he was to have a one-two punch at running back through most of his coaching career and hinted that is a system he would like to implement in Tampa Bay.
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