“BS Meter”May 25th, 2014
What a rollercoaster it has been for Bucs fans, and Mike Glennon himself, the past few months.
No one sung the praises of Glennon more than former Bucs commander Greg Schiano. Why, Schiano had a crush on Glennon and pined for him since the lanky righty was a high school pup.
Then came the hiring of Lovie Smith, followed shortly thereafter by the signing of quarterback Josh McCown, presumably as the starting quarterback.
Along the way, Lovie did not deny the team would consider drafting a quarterback, and then teams attempted to trade for Glennon around the draft. These inquiries evidently were met with Bucs general manager Jason Licht hanging up the phone as if someone was trying to sell him aluminum siding or claiming to be raising money for firefighters.
About the same time, Glennon was told by Bucs brass he was basically the messiah in waiting.
Man, no wonder Glennon could be seen at a trendy Tampa watering hole on a Saturday night playing with building blocks (yes, Joe got the photos — and has since deleted them; purely innocent photos of Glennon and his girlfriend playing with building blocks). Joe would head to a bar, too, after an up-and-down spring.
(Column intermission rant I: What is it with building blocks at a bar? Joe used to go to a trendy craft beer joint in downtown St. Petersburg to relax and have a few cold ones when — CRASH!!! — the building blocks would all fall down. Can’t people use Legos, which barely make any noise, thus, not scaring people half to death, causing polite customers to spill costly beer?)
(Column intermission rant II: Joe is not anti-craft beer, completely. There are some good craft beers on draft. Keyword: draft. Virtually every craft beer Joe has tried in a bottle, or worse, a can, is rank. Joe is tired of paying top shelf prices for skunky beer and has had it with these wild goose chases with a blindfold of trying craft beers in bottle or can. Unless it’s a bar where craft beer is on tap, Joe’s staying with a mass-produced beverage brewed out of St. Louis. At least he doesn’t get a rude surprise and has to find a sap to take away a rotten beer that costs $5 a bottle. Joe’s days of getting swindled by overpriced swill with a weird name, often from a strange town, are over.)
But Chris Burke of SI.com doesn’t buy what Lovie is selling at quarterback. He still smells smoke and implies Lovie has not been forthright, and that Glennon could be anything from summer trade bait or the opening day starter.
BS meter: 7. The idea of starting McCown for a year while Glennon (the lone non-rookie discussed here) takes a step back is a prudent one, on paper. Perhaps that is indeed what Smith had planned all along.
Nevertheless, this situation has been an extremely hard one to get a grasp on so far. Was the talk of possibly drafting a quarterback a smokescreen? Or is the recent pump-up of Glennon’s stock the true misdirection, with Tampa Bay hoping to trade him somewhere during the preseason?
Somewhere along the line, Smith bent the truth.
Well, here is what we know: The Bucs hired Lovie. In turn, Lovie signed Josh McCown to a two-year, $10 million contract, $5 million guaranteed.
This is not disputable. (Joe suggests you read Burke’s full piece linked above.)
What Joe would love to know is, what did L&L see on tape that spooked them with Glennon and motivated them to go out and drop serious cash in McCown’s lap? Only to seemingly get a tinge of buyer’s remorse, proclaiming Glennon the quarterback of the future? If Glennon really is their man, why wait? Glennon started more games last year than McCown has through his last five seasons.
Yes, yes, yes. Lovie said he didn’t know Glennon but did know McCown, and Joe understands and respects that. But Lovie also didn’t know bratty Jay Cutler when the Bears traded for him, either. That didn’t stop Lovie from starting Cutler, did it?