If “Sully” Leaves, QB Gig Should Be OpenDecember 17th, 2013
Joe knows Bucs fans are not in the Christmas spirit. They want to dump coal in the stockings of Bucs offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan and, to a lesser degree, Bucs commander Greg Schiano.
(The lunatic fringe wants to dump more than just sedimentary rock in the stocking of Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik. These types are firmly entrenched on Santa’s naughty list and will be banished to spend Christmas Day at an OTB, where the only other patrons will be wandering around drinking scotch and water at 10 a.m. dressed like Al Davis.)
Joe has firmly believed, and has written and spoke about the subject with Joe’s good friend, the dean of Tampa Bay sports radio, “The Big Dog,” Steve Duemig, that if the Bucs really, truly believe Mike Glennon is the quarterback of the future, then current Bucs offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan must be retained.
The best way to screw up a young quarterback’s head is to change offenses. Didn’t we learn that first-hand with Rip Van Freeman? Besides, Joe is not wholly convinced Sullivan is an evildoer, as was pointed out by another of Joe’s good friends, Justin Pawlowski of WHFS-FM 98.7 via Twitter.
@CommishOnline: Do people really think that changing the Bucs offensive coordinator will magically change everything? Bucs were top 10 offense last year.
Now to be fair to Justin, he is not clamoring to keep the current regime at One Buc Palace. But his comment does make one ponder what happened in the course of a year that sent the Bucs from No. 9 offensively in 2012 to dead-last this year, with two games remaining and the league lead in offensive penalties?
The Freeman mess didn’t help, nor did the MRSA. And losing Mike Williams for the year to surgery. Anyone notice Eli Manning largely hasn’t been worth a crap since Sullivan left the Giants?
But Freeman, Williams and MRSA are not calling for or designing five-yard pass routes on 3rd-and-12.
Again, if the Bucs decide Glennon is their guy, Sullivan needs to stay. If Sullivan leaves, then the quarterback position should be up for grabs and drafting a quarterback in the first round should very much be in play, if Dominik grades out a quarterback to be worthy of his high first-round pick.
Joe still is not sold on Glennon, yet. Just like his touchdown drive late in the first half against the 49ers, Glennon plays well enough to tease you, like the hot chick at the bar well out of your kicking distance who is just looking for a free drink, purring in your ear when you know damn well once the tab is paid she’s running out of the joint as if you set fire to the place. Glennon’s body of work leaves Joe, well, underwhelmed and suspicious he’s just being played.
Joe’s pretty confident if Schiano returns in 2014, he will be on the hot seat from the start of training camp and nothing less than a winning season will be accepted from Team Glazer. Does anyone really believe Glennon can learn a new offense and be proficient enough in one offseason to get this team to a playoff run?