A Celebrity Joins The MGMMay 5th, 2014
Most regular readers of Joe know that “MGM” stands for the Mike Glennon Mob, the vocal, outspoken gang of cheerleaders that love and enjoy everything about the Bucs’ backup quarterback.
So infatuated with Glennon as a rookie third round pick who had yet to take a snap in a presesaon game, they demanded he replace a veteran who had just come off a season throwing for a franchise-record 4,065-yards. Can you imagine?
Well, the MGM’s dreams came true when leaky, sleepy Rip Van Freeman went mental and was eventually benched and jettisoned.
Joe can only think of roughly five drives that left Joe impressed by Glennon. Five drives. In 13 starts. That’s not a good ratio.
And while the MGM got their wish and were giddy beyond all reason, Glennon proceeded to gradually run the Bucs offense into the ground, leading Tampa Bay to lowest yardage total in the NFL.
For reference, here is the gruesome list of quarterbacks that also led their respective teams to last place in total offense the previous five seasons:
* John Skelton-Kevin Kolb-Ryan Lindley, Arizona, 2012
* Blaine Gabbert-Luke McCown Jacksonville, 2011
* Jimmy Clausen-Matt Moore Carolina, 2010
* Brady Quinn-Derek Anderson Cleveland, 2009
* Ryan Fitzpatrick-Carson Palmer Cincinnati, 2008
Never fear! The cavalry is coming to defend Glennon. And who is on the lead horse? No less than fight-instigating, barista-training, pedestrian-bumping, olive oil-lapping, popcorn-munching, coffee-slurping, fried-chicken-eating, oatmeal-loving, circle-jerking, beer-chugging, cricket-watching, scone-loathing, college football-naïve, baseball box score-reading Peter King of SI.com and theMMQB.com fame. He wrote this morning in his must-read weekly column that the Bucs simply cannot yet give up Glennon without significant compensation from another team.
3. I think I don’t understand the Bucs apparently being open to dumping Mike Glennon. This is a player with potential, and a sponge, who doesn’t have to have anything handed to him, and could be a part of the long-term solution at quarterback for the Bucs. To get, say, a fifth-round pick for Glennon is just not commensurate with what he delivered last season in a promising rookie year.
Look, there is clearly something in Glennon’s game that new Bucs coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jason Licht did not like. One of their first moves was to get journeyman Josh McCown and name him their No. 1 QB. McCown will never make a fan forget Ken O’Brien much less Dan Marino. That should tell people something.
Perhaps L&L know a general manager or two that thinks like King does about Glennon.
L&L have shown little to no patience or loyalty to players from the previous regime. As Lovie likes to point out, “We were 4-12 last year.”
And had the worst offense in the NFL.