"There has to be a starting spot, a starting point," Smith said, via the Tampa Bay Times, "a starting person to go out there first. And that would be Josh."
McCown will ostensibly have a long leash entering training camp.
Asked point-blank if McCown is his quarterback, Smith replied, "Yes. He is."
The Bucs' new regime isn't content to go through a rebuilding process. Even with Darrelle Revis departing, this team has a stout defensive nucleus, an improved quarterback situation and a talented young running back returning from injury.
They're not done shopping, either. They have free-agent visits scheduled with offensive linemen Anthony Collins and Evan Dietrich-Smith, wide receivers Emmanuel Sanders and Ted Ginn and cornerback Charles Tillman.
In the latest edition of the "Around The League Podcast," the guys study the free agency picture with the help of NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.