By Tom Krasniqi
There’s a new coach. A new attitude. One that’s player friendly. You can feel the difference when you walk into One Buc Place.
Offseason workouts, or OTAs (organized team activities), are underway. And because the Bucs have a new coach, they are afforded the luxury of additional workout dates to get acclimated with their new surroundings.
New head coach Lovie Smith addressed the team Monday for the first time and the vibe was upbeat.
"It's real different man, different vibe from everyone,” Bucs linebacker LaVonte David said. “We feel like the situation is better.”
Whenever a new regime takes over, changes will be made. And that meant bad news for quarterback Mike Glennon. As a rookie last season, Glennon performed admirably. He threw 19 touchdowns to just 9 interceptions.
"I think overall, I played well for the situation at hand,” Glennon told the media on Tuesday. “Something to really build on."
The reality is that this team was 4-12 last season and Glennon was 4-9 as the starting quarterback. So when a new coach and a new GM take over, they will make changes. And that's exactly what Lovie and new GM Jason Licht did with the signing of Josh McCown. Lovie all but named McCown as his starter so that means Glennon has an uphill battle.
"I'm gonna go out there and compete in whatever my role may be, I'm going to do it in the best of my ability and help this team win,” Glennon said.
According to Glennon, Lovie told the team on Monday that the best players will play and that will include the quarterback position. While there may be a “competition” at QB, Glennon would have to thoroughly outplay McCown this summer at training camp in order to be the starter.
Glennon says he’s been throwing consistently during the offseason and he’s also working to get “bigger, faster, stronger.”
News & notes:
- When asked to describe new offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford’s offense, WR Vincent Jackson used the words “balance” and “up-tempo.”
- VJax was impressed when he met Lovie: “He’s everything I thought he would be…..and more.”
- Bucs kicker Connor Barth says he feels fully recovered from his torn Achilles tendon injury suffered last summer during a charity basketball game: "I've been home kicking from 60 yards so my leg strength is the same. If anything, hopefully it's stronger.”
- Barth on Lovie Smith: "I treat everyone with respect and I think he treats us like men." Subtle jab at Schiano perhaps?
- Bucs LB LaVonte David was coached at the Senior Bowl by new Bucs defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier. David calls Frazier a “cool guy.”
- The Bucs confirmed that Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo visited with the team on Tuesday.
- According to the latest figures from the NFLPA, the Bucs are $13 million in cap space. Locking up DT Gerald McCoy remains a top priority.
- The first minicamp is scheduled for April 22.