Will Glennon Help Freeman?April 27th, 2013
Joe’s expressed multiple times that Josh Freeman doesn’t seem like a guy that would benefit from a talented backup breathing down his neck and challenging him for playing time — on the field and by the media.
Not every player, regardless of the sport, has the makeup to thrive in that high-pressure environment. Freeman’s challenges in the NFL largely have been mental. So Joe really questions how Freeman will respond to the Bucs’ new quarterback, third-round pick Mike Glennon. The Raheem regime and last year’s edition of the New Schiano Order saw no reason to have competition for Freeman, so this is all new territory.
Now Joe has no doubt that Freeman will be a team player and be thoroughly professional to Glennon. But there are several unknowns.
Will Greg Schiano tell Glennon and new quarterbacks coach John McNulty to approach everything from Day 1 as if Glennon will be the starting QB, in an effort to push Freeman? Will Glennon get any practice reps with the first team, in contrast to Dan Orlovsky getting none last year? Or will the Bucs strictly try to slowly develop Glennon and keep Orlovsky as a third QB?
Joe knows there’s a faction of Bucs fans who love to say things like, ‘Yeah, the Bucs need a QB in here to challenge Freeman and light a fire under his ass.’ Joe just isn’t sold that will actually help Freeman, and it could backfire.
Joe will be watching Glennon’s role and handling closely. That should reveal how the Bucs believe Freeman may or may not benefit from competition.