Glennon Hasn’t Done EnoughDecember 22nd, 2013
When Josh Freeman was a rookie starting nine games on a garbage team, he closed that 2009 season with every last Bucs fan knowing he had a ton of promise. The raw skills and special talent were there.
Freeman had some standout games, despite his No. 1 wide receiver target being Maurice Stovall. (That’s right. Stovall was the WR with the most catches from No. 5 that season.)
But Joe’s not getting that standout feel from Mike Glennon. He hasn’t done much in a month.
Glennon has performed well at times, much better than expected overall. Don’t get Joe wrong. But Glennon looks nothing like a guy who should be anointed a starting job in 2014. He surely doesn’t look like a guy who can do anything without a humming running game. And he is nowhere close to the level of the other quarterbacks in the NFC South.
The comparisons to Cam Newton, Drew Brees and Matt Ryan are unfair, but they represent reality. Those are special quarterbacks. Glennon does not appear to be special.
Team Glazer is at a crossroads. The starting quarterback is always the face of the franchise, and Glennon looks like a strong backup and a potential average starter at best. Glennon’s body of work doesn’t show more than that. Yes, he’s weapons-challenged, but he’s struggling.
Glennon’s offensive coordinator is stuck in the mud, his offensive line has plummeted to below average, his running game is woeful, and he’s got little to throw to after Vincent Jackson. Glennon has every last excuse going for him. But those excuses don’t make him look special, and that’s what it takes to win in the NFL. You need that kind of quarterback.
About a year ago, Greg Schiano said he wanted competition for Josh Freeman. Now the Bucs need competition for Mike Glennon — top-flight competition.