TAMPA, Fla. – With Bucs GM Jason Licht and new Offensive Coordinator, Dave Canales, talking about how Kyle Trask is, as for now their starting quarterback, head coach Todd Bowles says hold on a minute.
“I didn’t say he could be number 1 yet,” Bowles said, responding to my question about why Bowles is so confident in Trask being the starter. “I said he can compete. I see the work ethic. I see the willingness to get better. every day.“
The 3rd year University of Florida product has watched behind Tom Brady and Blaine Gabbert for the past 2 years, and Trask is the only quarterback signed on the Bucs roster. Canales said last week he believes the Bucs will have 4 QBs during training camp and then go with just 3 during the season.
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Bowles and GM Jason Licht are not ruling out taking a quarterback in this NFL draft and most likely will be bringing in a veteran to compete against Trask; what does Bowles look for in a QB?
“Intelligence, number one,” Bowles said.”You don’t want him to lose the game, so you gotta be smart. Arm strength, how well you know your system, and how well you manage the game and get rid of the game. Know when to take shots, and you’ve got to have a lot of heart.”
No one has ever questioned Trask’s heart.
He started out as a backup in high school and college and ended up shining. Can he now do it on the biggest stage? All these questions will be answered at training camp and in the preseason.
Regardless of who’s at QB for the Bucs, Bowles feels they can win the NFC South because in his words, they still have a lot of good players. Bowles thinks too much emphasis is placed on the quarterback and football, even at the NFL level, is still a team game.
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“When you lose Tom Brady, everyone is going to look at it differently,” Bowles said. “We have to play better team ball all the way around. One guy should not define us as far as how we win this year. We should be able to play team football and play the right way, we’ll win the same amount of games.” Last season the Bucs did win the NFC South but only won 8 games and ended up losing in the Wild Card Playoffs to the Dallas Cowboys 31-14.
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