Despite Loss, Greg Schiano Made the Correct Choice by Benching Freeman
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And despite the team's disappointing 13-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, the Buccaneers made the right decision to give the rookie from North Carolina State his debut and send the fifth-year Freeman to the sidelines.
As I wrote last week for Bleacher Report, it was time for the Buccaneers to bench Freeman after their Week 3 loss to New England. That's not because Mike Glennon is the better quarterback, but because the franchise needs a quarterback for the future, and Josh Freeman has proven that he's not the franchise QB the Bucs need.
So after one week, it's not time to turn from that decision. Here are two reasons why the Buccaneers made the right decision to move on from Freeman.
Josh Freeman was not behaving like the future of the franchise
In an interview with ESPN (as reported online by JoeBucsFan) it was revealed that Josh Freeman slept through a team photo due to an alarm clock issue. And while most former college students can certainly relate to oversleeping important engagements, there is ultimately no excuse for missing work functions due to sleeping in too late.
A franchise quarterback in the NFL has an obligation to his teammates and to his fans to represent his team in a positive way. That means setting an alarm on a cell phone, or not staying up too late the night before, to make sure that team events are a priority, not a nuisance that get slept through.
And since his benching, it's obvious that he no longer sees himself as a member of the Buccaneers. Rather than accepting a role as a backup, he's instead decided to request a trade or release, according to Fox Sports' Jay Glazer.
Josh Freeman told me this AM he'd like to get traded or released, says he doesn't want to be a distraction and it's time both sides move on— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) September 29, 2013
The Buccaneers cannot move forward with a player like that under center and certainly not as the face of the franchise. If he cannot accept his role with the team, he has no place on the roster.
Mike Glennon showed signs of potential
Mike Glennon proved on Sunday that he has potential, and that he is at least qualified to do as well as Josh Freeman, if not better.
He scored his first career touchdown in the first quarter, and also led a 13-play drive that resulted in a field goal in the second quarter.
Here's a GIF of his first touchdown, thanks to Ken Dorset of Bleacher Report.
This is a great throw into a tight window in the red zone. These are the throws that can lead to a long, productive career in the NFL.
Glennon finished the game with a completion percentage just under 56 percent, which is actually the highest for any Buccaneer quarterback in 2013, including the preseason. Part of that was a first-half offense which allowed for shorter throws, but it was also due to Glennon's ability to scan the field and find the right receiver.
The rookie from NC State didn't get any help from his running game, which led to some must-throw situations late in the game against a fantastic cornerback in Patrick Peterson.
But when the first half of the game is considered on its own, there are encouraging moments which the Buccaneers can build upon with their first-year signal caller. And with Freeman clearly done with the franchise, they can move on with Glennon as the unquestioned starter and see if he's worthy of keeping that job in 2014.
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