FOX Sports Senior NFL Reporter Alex Marvez joined The Sports Page Tuesday morning to talk all things NFL on the morning after one of the most-hyped preseason games in recent memory - Cleveland Vs. Washington.
Marvez believes Browns rookie star quarterback Johnny Manziel should sit behind Brian Hoyer, but that head coach Mike Pettine should let the two QBs slug it out in Week 3.
The FOX reporter goes on to say that despite feeling that most rookies should not be thrown into the fire, he doesn't mind Teddy Bridgewater starting under center in Minnesota - due mostly to the fact the Vikings have a strong offensive line.
One quarterback expected to have a stand-out year this season is Miami's Ryan Tannehill - but as Marvez pointed out, Bucs DT Gerald McCoy didn't help his cause Saturday night at Raymond James Stadium.
"I didn't know that Gerald McCoy played fullback for the Dolphins," Marvez said, "Because he was in the backfield so much I just figured that they would just hand him the football at some point and do a Jim Marshall and have him run the wrong way on his team. The guy was just unstoppable."
The SiriusXM host touched on the QB situation with the Bucs, saying although Josh McCown improved from his outing against Jacksonville in Week 1, he believes the 12-year veteran is just a temporary fix.
"McCown was so much better in Week 2 than Week 1, "Marvez said. "Week 1, he was sloppy. I saw things that you'd see rookie quarterbacks do. Still think Mike Glennon is the future of this team, maybe that future comes sooner than later."
But, like most analysts in the country, when asked to give an opinion about Tampa Bay, the conversation drifted right back to their All-Pro interior lineman.
"But I can tell you this, Gerald McCoy - I'm voting it: the best defensive tackle in football, he's it," said Marvez. "Pay the man. Forget about Ndamukong Suh - don't worry about him, Gerald McCoy is the guy. What an absolute beast, what a team leader, the Bucs are lucky to have him."
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Tom Jones was born and raised in a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and studied English at the University of South Florida from 1982 to 1986.
He began his writing career with the St. Petersburg Evening Independent in 1985. He then went on to work for the St. Petersburg Times from 1987 to 1991, the Tampa Tribune from 1991 to 1996, the St. Petersburg Times again from 1996 to 2000 and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune from 2000 to 2003. He then rejoined the St. Petersburg Times for a third time in his career in 2003, where he worked ever since.
Jones has spent most of his career covering the NHL, including being a beat writer for more than 15 years of the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Minnesota. Wild. He also spent two years on the Tampa Bay Rays beat. He then become a columnist at Times starting in 2007. Jones has won several national and state writing awards, including a top 10 game story in the nation in 1998 as named by the Associated Press Sports Editors.
Over the course of his career, Jones has covered the Olympics, the World Series, the Super Bowl, the Stanley Cup finals, baseball and hockey all-star games, the NCAA basketball tournament and the Frozen Four.
Jones lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Patty, and sons, Sam and Andy.
With over two decades of reporting on professional and collegiate sports for the Tampa Bay Times, through performance and work experience in journalism and broadcasting in television and radio, Rick Stroud has cultivated an impressive list of sources and utilized his knowledge to produce an outstanding body of work in both print and electronic mediums.
During his career, Stroud has reported on national sporting events including 22 Super Bowls, the NCAA Final Four, and the Major League Baseball Playoffs. While working as the beat writer assigned to the University of Florida at the Times, Stroudâ€™s stories documented NCAA rules violations by the football and basketball programs. The stories for which Stroud won second place for Best Investigative Reporting from the Associated Press Sports Editors, led to sanctions against both Gators programs.
Since 2004, Stroud has appeared as an NFL Insider for ESPN2â€™s First Take and is a regular contributor to ESPNâ€™s SportsCenter, NFL Live, Outside the Lines and Herd with Colin Cowherd on ESPN Radio. He also contributes to NFL Networkâ€™s Total Access.
Stroud becan covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the National Football League in 1990. Since then, the Bucs have undergone seven coaching changes, the death of owner Hugh Culverhouse and the sale of the franchise to billionaire owner Malcolm Glazer and a stadium referendum. They also celebrated a Super Bowl XXVII victory. His reporting was referenced in Tony Dungyâ€™s best seller, Quiet Strength, particularly because it was Stroud who informed Dungy of the Bucsâ€™ plan to replace him with Giants Super Bowl coach Bill Parcells.
A former Div. I-A baseball player at Arkansas , Stroud brings a unique perspective to sports reporting. During the NFL lockout in 2011, he also served as one of the Timesâ€™ beat writers responsible for covering the Tampa Bay Rays.