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Lovie Loves Winston's Progress At QB


Until Friday afternoon, it was unclear whether Sam Bradford or Mark Sanchez would be the Eagles' starting quarterback on Sunday. But, for Tampa Bay, that didn't matter.

Head coach Lovie Smith explained that regardless of the quarterback, the Buccaneers know they need to be ready for the Chip Kelly-type of offense.

"I think you have to prepare for the quarterback position and what the offense does philosophy-wise," Smith said. "I don't think that's going to change an awful lot. As we see it one very good quarterback that is possibly injured and can't play and another very good quarterback that's played a lot of good football in this league who will be the backup if he can't go. That's what we're doing."

While the Eagles' quarterback situation remains a little jumbled up due to injury, Tampa Bay couldn't imagine being in a better spot. The team selected Jameis Winston with the No. 1 overall pick in the past draft, and Smith has continually been impressed by the rookie's play.

"I love what he's done," Smith said. "I of course loved him before the draft and every time we talked I liked him more. I saw him being our quarterback for years to come. He hasn't disappointed me at all. He's a young quarterback at the same time and we knew that there would be some growing pains to go through with all the young players, but seeing improvement weekly. I've seen him fight through adversity, just a lot of different things that I really like. He's got a great future in this league.

"I think he's taken steps in all areas. He can throw the football, decision-making. You always look for quarterbacks with that leadership moving into the role. There are things you have to do as far as that's concerned. I think in all categories you want to judge a quarterback by, we've seen improvements from the moment he walked into the building."

To hear Smith's full conference call with the Philadelphia media, click here.

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