Mike Glennon: “Super Bowl Quarterback”February 11th, 2014
Yes, Joe is dumbfounded by today’s passionate column by Pat Yasinskas, ESPN.com Bucs beat writer. Yasinskas makes a long case (about 700 words) that Mike Glennon very likely could be the Buccaneers’ Super Bowl quarterback.
Joe can respond to that in one word: poppycock.
A big part of Yasinskas’ argument centers around the assertion that Glennon is better than Rex Grossman, who led Lovie Smith’s Bears to the Super Bowl seven years ago. Frankly, that left Joe speechless and nearly in tears. Must Bucs fans set the bar so low?
In the interest of internal peace, Joe’s going to skip that whole take and focus on what Yasinskas wrote about the other side of the football.
History has a way of repeating itself, so use your imagination a little bit and you can see a similar blueprint taking shape for the Bucs. They already have a very good defense that could become great if they use their free-agent or draft currency on a pass-rushing defensive end instead of a glitzy quarterback. Combine that defense with running back Doug Martin, who should be healthy after missing much of last season with an injury, and it’s not too difficult to picture the Bucs having a winning season.
Now Joe surely can’t say, like Yasinskas does, that the Bucs have a “very good defense” right now. The Bucs defense last season was average at best against the run and the pass, and not special at all outside of a few games.
Lovie is a great, proven defensive coach, but the Bucs still have to prove it on the field. There will be a new scheme and new parts.
Yes, the we-don’t-need-a-great-quarterback model still could get a team to the Super Bowl, but do the Bucs really need to be the team to test the theory?