“I Think Mike Glennon Has To Go”April 30th, 2014
It is eight days from the draft and it seems all the NFL world is talking about is Johnny Football. Oh, there are some muttering about Derek Carr or Blake Bortles or Jimmy Garoppolo or Teddy Bridgewater or Khalil Mack.
But turn on NFL Network (and try not to gawk at hottie Molly Qerim in her flaming red dress) or SiriusXM NFL Radio, and Johnny Football dominates the chatter. Hell, you don’t see Zach Mettenberger on the cover of Sports Illustrated, but there’s Johnny Football.
Which brings Joe to the Bucs. If not in the market right now for a quarterback, they soon will be and, hopefully, the Bucs never sniff a top-10 draft pick for years. The Bucs could, or could not, draft Johnny Football. Time will tell.
Joe fully expects at some time next weekend the Bucs will draft a quarterback, whether it is Johnny Football in the first round, Carr in the second, Garoppolo in the third or Aaron Murray on the third day. In fact, Joe would be surprised if the Bucs do not draft a quarterback; surprised, not shocked.
So if/when the Bucs draft a quarterback, that gives them four quarterbacks including starting quarterback Josh McCown, backup Mike Glennon and third stringer Mike Kafka.
In this scenario, ESPN insider Adam Caplan, who is as plugged in to NFL suits as anyone, believes it spells doom for Glennon’s days in Tampa Bay, so he told Tom Jones and Rick Stroud this morning on WDAE-AM 620.
“It is obvious to me and people around the league that [the Bucs] are going to try to move him,” Caplan said. “They have denied this, but I think Mike Glennon is going to be good as gone. If they can get something that is reasonable, I think Mike Glennon has to go. When Lovie Smith announces and tries to take it back that Mike Glennon is not going to be the starter and Josh McCown is, you are basically putting it out there that you don’t want him to be your guy.”
The Bucs made it clear yesterday; coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jason Licht covet draft picks and already are working the phones to make a possible move back in the draft, if their guy is not there at No. 7 in order to get more picks.
Remember, the Bucs currently do not have a fourth round pick.
Clearly, a quarterback with experience would be collateral. L&L are not trading McCown. Kafka would be lucky to bring a loaf of day old bread in return. So with a glut of quarterbacks, the only one marketable would be Glennon. And let’s be honest, L&L have voiced little to no loyalty or shown patience to players from the previous administration not named “Gerald McCoy” or “Lavonte David.” Why should they?
Joe thinks Caplan’s take is quite reasonable. To hear Caplan’s full interview, click the orange button below. Audio courtesy of Joe’s good friends at WDAE-AM 620.