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It's not often that a third-round pick at quarterback throws 19 touchdown passes and just nine interceptions as a rookie and then finds himself in a backup role the following season.
But that's exactly the situation for Mike Glennon heading into the 2014 season, as he takes a back seat to veteran free-agent acquisition Josh McCown.
The North Carolina State product took over the starting job after just three games in 2013, replacing the embattled Josh Freeman. Glennon performed admirably, especially considering the season-long run of injuries along the offensive line and in the backfield, as well as the MRSA issue the team faced.
Heading into the offseason, there was plenty of chatter about Glennon possibly not being the right fit for new offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford's system, prompting many to believe the Bucs might target their future franchise quarterback in this year's draft.
But the draft came and went without the Bucs selecting a quarterback at all, and Glennon received a resounding vote of confidence from new head coach Lovie Smith, after the team reportedly fielded several trade offers for him:
"I love Mike Glennon. Mike Glennon is our quarterback of the future here. So why would you want to add a third quarterback to the mix? We needed other positions. Forget just the quarterback position, we thought this was the best available player for us. It was an easy decision for us."
Smith has made it clear on multiple occasions how much he thinks of Glennon:
"I've been in position meetings with Mike, I've been around Mike in every environment that you can think of, and then just watch him on the football field and what you ask a quarterback to do. Smart. Makes checks. And then throw the football. Mike can make all the throws. I knew what he can do throwing-wise and all that before, but to just see it up close and personal.''
Though this year's draft class at quarterback had some attractive options, and next year's could be even better, it looks like Glennon is indeed the future at quarterback for the Bucs. At least for now.