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Bucs On The Hunt For QB

Posted Feb 20, 2009 by Roy Cummings

Updated Feb 20, 2009 at 08:38 AM

INDIANAPOLIS – The Bucs are definitely in the market for another quarterback this spring. Their plan is to take four to training camp, but they’re not sure what kind of quarterback that fourth one will be.

Be it a veteran long on experience such as J.P. Losman, a young player with some games under his belt such as Kyle Boller or a budding star just out of college has yet to be determined.

Bucs GM Mark Dominik said the Bucs will go a long way toward making that decision here at the combine, but he doesn’t mean it will be determined by what they see from the players available in the draft.

He said the Bucs are determining what players will truly be available in free agency and what players can be had in trade and that a decision on the matter will be made after all the options are determined and weighed.

So, let the speculation begin. Could the Bucs draft a quarterback? Sure. Could they trade for someone such as Derek Anderson? Sure. Could they wait until free agency and pick off a guy like Losman? Absolutely.

And let’s not limit the speculation here to just one. Though Brian Griese is under contract, he is replaceable. We’re not sure the Bucs really want to let him go, but they may if they can find a better veteran to replace him.

The bottom line is that the Bucs want someone who can “compete’’ (Dominik’s word) with Luke McCown for the starter’s job. They want a competition at that position, and it seems they’re going to get one.

Reader Comments

Por (Jim Kinzer) on February 20, 2009 (Suggest removal)

The QB position last year was one of the Bucs worst.  They need to get a starter type thru free agency to compete with McCowen, let Griese go and keep tudoring Jonson.  This is one position that needs to be fixed before filling the many weak areas on the team.

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Por (Chris Hockley) on February 20, 2009 (Suggest removal)

First and foremost, his name is McCown….He is capable of becoming a starter and has always performed well when given the opportunity to play. If we go into the season with him as our starter, we can fix many other problems we have as a team ( linebackers) Also, it is time to pay the piper and get a bonafide, young receiver that can be a cornerstone for years to come.

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Por (David) on February 20, 2009 (Suggest removal)

I agree Jim, but remember, Johnson was drafted for Gruden’s offense and is a scrambling QB. Don’t see him on the roster come regular season. Would love to see Anderson get a shot down here, if you could get him for a 3rd round pick.

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Por (Earl) on February 20, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Isn’t it funny, a team can take a QB that never started a game in college, and still win with him….hopefully this new regime will not have a revolving door re: QB’s….let’s make a well thought out decision, and STICK WITH HIM.

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Por (:PapaJohn) on February 20, 2009 (Suggest removal)

See what Johnson can do at WR. Maybe he can turn into a Bolden. IMO, he should not have been drafted.

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Por (David) on February 20, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Earl, so true. Hopefully this new offensive regime can make that happen. Coach Jag, I believe, likes pocket passers like Matt Ryan. Hopefully he can do that with our next starting QB.

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Por (The Good Doctor) on February 20, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Griese will end up going wherever Gruden goes, and start for that team. He won’t fester behind inferiors like McCown or Losman or whoever.

Of course, if the Bucs want to pay Brian another 4.2 mil this next year, he might do everyone a favor and stay.

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Por ( on February 20, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Greise is a waste of time and experience dump him and go get Anderson he is young experienced and out played Garcia while he was in Cleveland.

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Por (Leibniz, Inventor Of Calculus) on February 20, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Uuuuh, CH, how do you figure that LBs are one of the team’s problems? What planet are you on? I’d say there are several other positions that need more attention. Plus they have Ruud, Black, Hayes which should be the starting lineup this year.

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Por (flajoe491) on February 20, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Our QB situation is horrible . First Losman ,Boller are no better than anybody we have on our roster ,they suck just like Griese. Losman and Boller completion percentage is to low .They can also go for long periods between completions. Griese does just enough to keep you in the game then chokes more often than not. He’ll not only throw the interception at the wrong time most are returned for TD.
Anderson has had onlyone very good year . I think we need to get the offensive line better. So whoever we have at QB has time to throw and a compatent running game to take some of the pressure off.With the type of Qb coach Jadgs likes , free agent Leftwitch would be a decent fit .

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Por (berlin) on February 20, 2009 (Suggest removal)

We have to dump Griese he is a fourth stringer at BEST.

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Por (bill livingston) on February 20, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Maybe I’m wrong? I looked down the long lists of FA’s and I saw nobody worth a F as far as QB or not much of anybody else. Just a few that will end up somewhere else.

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Por (Lou C) on February 20, 2009 (Suggest removal)

The bucs can win with an average QB if the get better on defense. YOU win with Defense and NO turnovers. Lots of teams have average QB but great defense and they win lots more than they lose. 2002 you seen it. Look Dilfer could win a superbowl and he was just average at best. Pay for defense and the bucs can win and win big!!!!

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Por (Del) on February 20, 2009 (Suggest removal)

“Be it a veteran long on experience such as J.P. Losman, a young player with some games under his belt such as Kyle Boller”

Um…Roy….Kyle Boller has been in the league longer then JP Losman so this sentence makes no sense.

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Por (cd) on February 20, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Derek Anderson ...the rest suck…BUC coaches will need an outstanding team to make up for Gruden…better sign A Bryant…who else do BUCS have?

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Por (tony kinsey) on February 20, 2009 (Suggest removal)

they need to try and make a trade for thigpen from kc. haley might want a pocket quarterback and they might go after cassel or someone in the draft and then tampe might be able to get thigpen in a trade. he had a solid year last year. it was his first year starting and there was very little talent around him. put alittle talent around him and he will become a very good quarterback. the guy has skills

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Por (tony) on February 20, 2009 (Suggest removal)

1 word “VICK”

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Por (alec bradlow) on February 20, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Article is poorly researched-
“Be it a veteran long on experience such as J.P. Losman, a young player with some games under his belt such as Kyle Boller”
Both players were born in 81 and Boller (the “young player” has 8000 career yards-Losman the supposed “veteran” has 6000 carreer yards-
I think Mr Cummings could take a better look at career stats before posting his story- Both guys are unproven QB’s that have had spots of success.

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Por (tatmanfish) on February 21, 2009 (Suggest removal)

anderson for a 3rd would be great. jadgs also runs an offense loosely based on the west coast offense-johnson could fit his offense. if he performs well he may be here next year. his stats were phenominal in college. if jadgs can get that to translate to the nfl he may be real good. only time will tell. in jadgs interview recently he made a lot of comments about using players for their strong points. it sound like he plans on using every weapon available. we might actually get to see guys like d. jackson, clayton, and any other wr that makes the squad have some sort of impact this season.

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Por (Alan Kapell) on February 21, 2009 (Suggest removal)

No need to rush.  Gruden passed on D Culpeper who was not bad with a 0 & 16 team.  I would not trade for a QB.  Gruden & Allen have given away draft picks like they were candy.  See who is available for free.  B Griese is a minus zero.  Remember the Bucs owe the Bears their 6th rnd pick for this guy. Hopefully, the new coach & GM are better poker players than Gruden & Allen.

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Por (jimlo) on February 21, 2009 (Suggest removal)


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Por (tatmanfish) on February 22, 2009 (Suggest removal)

culpepper was good with an 0-16 team? THEY WERE 0-16!!!!! nothing about any player except maybe calvin johson could even consider their season performance good. there are no other qbs, that can come in and compete for the starting job available. there will be no one like that available to the bucs in the draft without trading up. so they have to trade, or settle for someone that will compete to be the backup, or draft another qb to develope a year or two. getting a possible starter for a 3rd makes more sense than spending a first on a guy that wont compete to be a starter for at least one year, if not more. if he even pans out.

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Por (ROLAND) on February 23, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Leftwitch > Griese
Leftwitch = McNown and McNown has more upside
Leftwitch > Boller and Lossman —-
Johnson has a great deal of potential. He could turn out to be a Drew Brees type of QB if he can put on 10-15 lbs of muscle, and someone can harness all that ability. He is the kind of QB that could exploit match ups and keep plays alive. If he can throw a slant he might even start this year…

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Por (ROLAND) on February 23, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Alan Kapell are u for real or are u just trying to get laughs?

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Por (JVand) on February 23, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Agree with getting better defense. Disagree strongly with going out and getting an 0-16 quarterback.

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