Mike Glennon’s FutureApril 15th, 2014
The Mike Glennon Mob has come to grips with the fact their hero, barring injury to Josh McCown or the Bucs not drafting a quarterback next month (something Joe will lay cash that the Bucs indeed will do) will not start for at least two years.
That doesn’t mean the MGM has given up hopes that Glennon will someday rescue the Bucs from their postseason winless purgatory.
The MGM also lives in denial that Glennon led the worst offense in the NFL last year. Sure, Glennon didn’t get much help from his teammates as the offensive line was ragged, the best running backs were hurt, and there was zero depth at wide receiver after the scourge of society, mattress-in-the-yard Mike Williams, was lost to injury.
Well, the MGM can take some solace in the fact that Matt Williamson and Robert Flores have their backs. The BSPN NFL analyst and the BSPN talking head seem aghast that Bucs coach Lovie Smith tagged Josh McCown as their starter via free agency. And with their information that Lovie and Bucs general manager Jason Licht seem to be struck by Cupid’s arrow for Johnny Football, they consider Glennon some sort of an NFL martyr and general managers leaguewide should be beating down Licht’s door to trade for Glennon.
This is what Flores and Williamson discussed in a recent “ESPN Football Today” podcast.
Matt Williamson: I think the other shoe to drop, and I’ve been saying this ever since [the Bucs] signed [Josh] McCown, if I was 31 other GMs, I’d be making offers for Mike Glennon right now. No doubt. The Texans should, the Raiders.
Robert Flores: That’s a very good point. We’ve both talked about how Glennon really showed flashes of being a solid or maybe a very good quarterback in this league. When they signed McCown, I think we were both surprised because we thought they would give Glennon every chance to make that position his own. Now they have Johnny Manziel coming to visit. Jeff Tedford is the offensive coordinator. So maybe between him and Lovie Smith, there is something they don’t like; something they are not seeing from Glennon. And as you mentioned, they very much love Johnny Manziel.
Williamson: They have an asset that a lot of teams could use right now. The Cardinals. Let [Glennon] sit behind [Carson] Palmer for a year. I mean, just about anybody, if you can get him for a fourth-round pick. I thought he played quite well as a rookie. I also heard of any quarterback who played in this league, he had a Top Ten passer rating of any rookie season. He wasn’t a disaster. He had very little running game at the end. He lost [Doug] Martin, he lost the backups. Their offensive line wasn’t much to speak of. Mike Williams was hurt. They didn’t have much to throw to. I thought he played quite well.
First off, let Joe get something off his chest that’s been gnawing at him like a perpetual hangover. There may not be any more of a nonsense, bogus, empty concocted and convoluted statistic than quarterback rating. Want proof? Take a gander at the top quarterback ratings in NFL history. It’s a friggin’ joke!
So Tony Romo is better than Tom Brady? Matt Schaub better than Dan Marino? David Garrard better than Roger Staubach? Brian Griese better than Lenny Dawson? Neil O’Donnell better than Fran Tarkenton? Steve Beuerlein better than John Elway? Jay Fiedler better than Kenny Stabler? Tony Banks (who lost his starting gig to Trent Dilfer, of all people) better than Terry Bradshaw? In what world???
Quarterback rating is nothing more than statistical graffiti, tied together by gibberish, injected with nonsense and floated as Gospel. So someone touting Glennon as having a good quarterback rating is empty if not misleading rhetoric.
Joe has no idea how people watched Glennon last year and think he is the second coming of Carson Palmer. To the best Joe can remember, Glennon had five impressive drives. Five drives out of 13 starts! That’s not a good ratio, not even for a rookie thrust possibly too quickly into the starting lineup.
Now if you want to argue Glennon had bad coaching, then Joe is listening. In the San Francisco loss, Glennon got hung out to dry by former Bucs commander Greg Schiano. Glennon had two fine hurry-up drives in the first half, only to have Schiano to pull the plug on the no-huddle with a lame excuse that the team hadn’t practiced a no-huddle, thus Schiano stopped it.
Though we later learned Schiano and his staff were already out the door by the time that game was played, Schiano’s postgame line probably would have sealed his fate had Team Glazer not already come to a handshake agreement with Lovie, allegedly.
Clearly, barring an injury to McCown, Glennon is not going to start for the next two years. So Joe doesn’t think he would balk if he had a chance to play somewhere else via a trade.
This draft is deep in many positions, specifically one where the Bucs have a need: wide receiver. Licht told Joe at the NFL Scouting Combine that a starting WR can be had in the third round. If L&L do plan to draft a quarterback next month, and some other team is texting Licht for Glennon, then Joe doesn’t think it’s such an outrageous notion to swap Glennon for a draft pick. And maybe the Bucs could use that as ammo (with another future pick) to get another 2014 third round selection in a trade, using that on a wide receiver. Or a quarterback more to their liking.