“We Have A Starting Quarterback”May 20th, 2013
Partially ignited by a buried quote in a National Football Post story over the weekend, the chatter of a quarterback controversy between Bucs incumbent yet struggling starter Josh Freeman, drafted largely on the advice of a since fired coach, and the Bucs third round draft pick Mike Glennon, is a non-story, Bucs coach Greg Schiano said in a rather adamant tone this afternoon at One Buc Palace.
Following the first practice of OTAs, Schiano met with the local pen and mic club and reiterated that there is no quarterback controversy in Tampa Bay.
“We have a starting quarterback and it is Josh Freeman,” Schiano said in no uncertain terms.
Schiano, in rare, animated form, talked about how the NFL is “the most competitive league” in sports and that he craves competition to bring out the best in all players. “There is some guy out there that wants my job,” Schiano explained.
But that desire for competition does not mean the starting quarterback position is open, Schiano noted. Schiano explained, in theory, how a backup quarterback could win a starting job but slammed the door shut on Glennon being the Week 1 starter in New Jersey when the Bucs visit the Jets, barring injury of course.
“I guess I am too honest with them,” Schiano said of answering direct questions with national reporters.
Schiano also explained that the national perception that either Freeman isn’t his guy or that he doesn’t get along with Freeman is hogwash.
“We have a good relationship.”