The Buccaneers have insisted that their quarterback of the past will be their quarterback of the future, even if he’s not their quarterback of the present.

Coach Lovie Smith spoke in the strongest terms yet regarding second-year quarterback Mike Glennon during halftime of the local broadcast of Friday night’s preseason opener.

Via JoeBucsFan.com, Smith had this to say about Glennon in a prerecorded interview with Ronde Barber: “In time he will be leading our franchise.”

The potency of that assessment gives rise to a fairly obvious follow-up: When?

The transcript of Smith’s Saturday press conference reveals no questions or answers addressing that or any other matters relating to Glennon. In fact, Glennon’s name wasn’t even mentioned by Smith in the transcript. But the transcript shows that Smith did provide a less-than-glowing evaluation of the current starter, Josh McCown.