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Mike Glennon is in a similar position to Geno Smith, but in his case the team doesn’t seem to have his back.
Sure, the Buccaneers have been doing spin control with general manager Jason Licht lauding Glennon’s ability to fill the three specific traits of a franchise quarterback, per Roy Cummings of The Tampa Tribune, and new head coach Lovie Smith calling Glennon “the quarterback of the future” to TampaBay.com writer Greg Auman.
Heck, maybe they really did turn down more than one offer for Glennon, as reported by Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.
Of course, we don’t know what those offers were or if they were serious offers. The truth is, the team named Josh McCown its starting quarterback back in March, as reported by Auman again, and it can backpedal as much as it wants, but as ESPN’s Chris Mortenson reported on NFL Live a week ago (per FantasySP.com and Rotoworld), McCown is still the favorite by a wide margin.
But there are questions about McCown, who before he met Marc Trestman had a resume which was wholly unimpressive. Can he replicate his 2013 season outside of Trestman’s very quarterback-friendly system?
Meanwhile, Rotoworld’s Evan Silva points out that Glennon had a 59.8 percent completion rate and an 18-7 touchdown-to-interception ratio. Considering the turmoil which was the Buccaneers' last season, that’s pretty impressive.
As NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal said in response to Silva: “overall [he] didn’t play like a rookie.”
It’s really hard to buy into what the Tampa Bay coaching staff is selling about an open competition.
However, if it truly is, Glennon can win this battle.
Even if he doesn’t, he could make himself very valuable for other teams looking for a long-term answer at quarterback.