Becht: Glennon Could Start Opening DayMay 19th, 2014
The Josh McCown Deniers, aka veteran members of the Mike Glennon Mob who spend their nights knitting “19 and 9” banners, may have a new leader, former Bucs tight end Anthony Becht.
Nowadays seen and heard on the Buccaneers Radio Network, BSPN and NBC Sports Network, Becht says Glennon could become the opening day starter.
“They’re going to compete this year. I mean listen, we all think ‘Josh McCown’s going to be the starter. So be it.’ But they’re gonna let these guys compete. There’s no reason in my mind to say that Mike Glennon couldn’t come out and win this quarterback race,” Becht told Pat Donovan of WDAE-AM 620 this weekend.
Becht went on to describe what a “huge asset” McCown is for Glennon, a daily veteran teacher Josh Freeman didn’t have early in his development, and that Glennon impressed at times last year with a weak supporting cast.
Becht said Glennon should be able to win the starting job no later than opening day next season, based on Becht’s personal interaction with Glennon and learning of his work ethic.
But Becht reiterated that this season’s starting job is very much on the table for No. 8.
“Josh McCown was brought in to push [Glennon], mentor him and make him better. If he is the best quarterback after training camp, there’s no reason my mind that Lovie and the general manager wouldn’t actually start him this year.”
Joe has a very different view. Joe is 100 percent certain this is McCown’s starting job for opening day, barring injury.
McCown was handpicked after Team Lovie watched every inch of film on Glennon this offseason. McCown also offers a more diverse skill set and experience. If McCown falters during the regular season, then, yes, Joe would hope the Bucs turn to Glennon. But Joe’s confident no real shot exists for Glennon to start opening day.
Joe hates to take the bait of the “19 and 9” crowd, who chirp Glennon’s touchdown-to-interception ratio like a woodpecker methodically drills a tree. But Joe knows numbers can be spun all over the place. For example, what happened in December, during those pesky five games that exposed Glennon after defensive coordinators had more film to study?
And what of Glennon’s historically dreadful performances in the second halves of games?
Again, all the statistical good and bad of Glennon are just numbers. For Joe, Glennon simply didn’t show enough — performance or potential — to call him “quarterback of the future.”