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Glennon fits QB bill for Smith, Licht

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— The biggest call of the offseason is in the books. Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith has named Mike Glennon the Bucs quarterback of the future and general manager Jason Licht says he’s on board with that.

But how did Smith and Licht come to make that decision?

Well, it turns out there is a specific set of criteria that Smith and Licht both believe a quarterback has to have in order to be successful long term, and according to Licht, Glennon meets all three requirements.

“The three things — and Lovie and I were in complete agreement on this — are toughness, intelligence and accuracy,’’ Licht said during a segment on Sirius XM NFL Radio’s “Late Hits’’ show earlier this week. “And then arm strength is a distant fourth.

“Mike showed during this process that he has those three things and he scored very high on those three things. Also, he’s an unassuming type of guy but guys around the building really look up to him and really follow him. So that’s what it came down to.”

Licht added that he and Smith’s criteria for determining future success in a quarterback is not something they compiled all on their own but rather something they culled from working with a variety of coaches and executives.

“You pick up bits and pieces from different mentors you have had throughout your career whether it’s Don Shula or Jimmy Johnson or Bill Belichick,’’ Licht said. “Even Bruce Ariens and Pete Carroll.”

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