Mike Glennon: No. 25February 9th, 2014
Joe isn’t sure if people read what they want to read, or if people have mangled the King’s English so that their vocabulary is skewered by too many evenings with narcotics.
Simply put, Joe doesn’t “hate” Mike Glennon. He has a lot of attributes Joe finds admirable. By all accounts he is a workaholic. His teammates like him, and in the handful of encounters Joe has had with Glennon, he couldn’t be a nicer guy.
But nice-guy status doesn’t make a guy a successful NFL quarterback.
If so, Joe knows all sorts of plumbers and roofers who should be pulling NFL paychecks. Being a hard worker doesn’t mean a guy can be a winning NFL quarterback.
Short of stretches against a couple of plays against a woeful Lions secondary, and two impressive drives against the 49ers, Joe hasn’t seen much from Glennon where a coach would sit back in a film room and say, “You know boys, we have our Matty Ice.”
Glennon has not shown Joe one thing that makes Joe think he can put the Bucs on his shoulders and lead them to a division title. Apparently, Tom Jones feels the same way. The Tampa Bay Times columnist decided to rank each and every starting NFL quarterback. Glennon ranked among the rank quarterbacks of the NFL, at No. 25.
25. Mike Glennon, Bucs
Had little help around him, but I’m still waiting for that “aha moment” that gives hope for the future.
That’s just it. Good quarterbacks make players around them better, not the other way around. When Reggie Wayne went down with a season-ending injury after seven games, did Andrew Luck curl up in a fetal position because he lost his best receiver? No. He raised the level of play of a bunch of no-names.
This is why Joe is so adamant that the Bucs draft a quarterback with the No. 7 pick, or trade up. Hopefully, the Bucs will never have this high of a pick for the next decade. To bank on Glennon or pulling someone off the street (Michael Vick) and expect them to lead the Bucs to the Super Bowl is a terrible gamble.
Though he eventually melted down worse than a stick of butter on a hot skillet, at least when he was a rookie, leaky Rip Van Freeman showed signs he could carry the Bucs to a win over a playoff team. Glennon, when facing a playoff team, looked like someone dropped him off in the middle of the Ocala National Forest.
Joe doesn’t hate Glennon. Get that out of your mind.
Joe does hate the Bucs banking on wild reaches in hopes of a Super Bowl.