Interesting Words About Mike GlennonMay 12th, 2014
Man, the weekend at One Buc Palace sure was interesting, and not just because of the players the Bucs picked. It was the subplot of the status of backup quarterback Mike Glennon. It went on for days, and even Bucs coach Lovie Smith acknowledged as much Saturday.
The bombshell of the weekend was when Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reported Saturday evening that six teams had inquired about Glennon, and each team’s advances were shunned by Bucs general manager Jason Licht.
(Joe found Stroud’s second sentence interesting. “In fact, those teams said they regarded Glennon as a better quarterback than most of the prospects available during the three-day selection show.” Yet this “fact” had no attribution; not even a quote from a confidential source. Eh, Joe’s not going to muddy the waters here. Let’s not take our eye off the fastball.)
Thursday, Lovie had this to say about Glennon:
“You know how much I like Josh McCown as our starter here, but I love Mike Glennon. Mike Glennon is our quarterback of the future here.”
That’s pretty bold. No wiggle room there.
Saturday, just minutes before Stroud’s bombshell broke, both Licht and Lovie again talked about Glennon, but seemed to have backed off slightly from the “love.”
Said Licht, “There’s a lot of interest in Mike and we want to keep Mike, I guess I should just say. We want to continue to work with Mike and we’re very excited about his future.”
Want to keep. Read: Match our price and he is yours.
Lovie later added, “… a lot of talk that’s going on about Mike Glennon, what I’ve said is that Josh McCown is our starter, which he is. Love Josh, and Josh is pretty excited – more so than, or as excited as any fan as we have about the offensive group – but what I said was we like Mike Glennon and Mike has an excellent future in the league, and that’s how it has played out.”
Future in the league.
The way Joe looks at it, Lovie has become enamored with Glennon’s work ethic (which is one reason former Bucs commander Greg Schiano liked him as well) and his bonding with teammates. Remember, Lovie didn’t know Glennon from the guy selling stale donuts and watery coffee at a gas station, and there was clearly something he didn’t like on tape about Glennon, or else he would not have signed McCown. Lovie knew McCown. He didn’t know Glennon.
Joe absolutely believes teams inquired about Glennon over the weekend and a transaction was not executed because teams weren’t serious or low-balled Licht.
Glennon is likely here for the duration of 2014, unless in training camp a starter goes down rendering some team desperate and Licht might be able to take advantage of the situation.
Remember, Lovie also talked about how Darrelle Revis could play for him and also said mattress-in-the-yard Mike Williams would not be jettisoned for taking a blade to the leg.