Lovie Smith hit the pause button. Not just on life during his year away from football, but on the games he watched on television during fall weekends.

"I really enjoyed the time being a fan, watching our game, studying our game. Looking at different coaches," Smith said. "And then, everything I believe in, my core values and how I run a football team.

"I had a chance to analyze all of that, and the conclusion I came to is we're not going to make a lot of drastic changes on how I believe you treat people and how you win football games. But there are some things that we will do differently, and I guess you'll have to wait until we start playing games to see that."

The new Bucs coach's philosophy on how to win hasn't changed. He is a defensive coach. He believes in getting pressure on the quarterback with four down linemen, forcing turnovers, protecting the football with a strong running game, playing great special teams.

But offensively, particularly in evaluating the quarterback position, his beliefs are evolving.

Smith sees the trend toward mobile, athletic quarterbacks who are accurate passers. The Seahawks' Russell Wilson won a Super Bowl in his second year. The Redskins' Robert Griffin III won the NFC East in his first.

It's no secret the Bucs plan to draft a quarterback. The only question is whether they will take one in the first round, particularly with the No. 7 overall pick. Last week, the team received visits from Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater, Eastern Illinois Jimmy Garoppolo and Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel. Fresno State's Derek Carr will arrive Tuesday, and there will be more.

The most intriguing possibility is Manziel. Smith attended his workout at Texas A&M, met with him at the NFL combine and has been quick to praise the Heisman Trophy winner.