“This Mike Glennon Thing… “May 29th, 2014
Though many Bucs fans don’t want to read it, the words from Bucs coach Lovie Smith over some two weeks ago that backup Mike Glennon is the “quarterback of the future” still has the walls One Buc Palace rattling.
What does all of this mean? It is a thick smokescreen? Did Lovie really mean Glennon is the starting quarterback in the future? Did it mean the competition for starting quarterback this fall is open? When is “the future?”
Well, the “Custodian of Canton,” eye-RAH! Kaufman of The Tampa Tribune, proclaimed not only is he not sold on Josh McCown as the Bucs’ savior, Kaufman told a national radio audience Wednesday that Lovie’s words about Glennon simply don’t add up.
Appearing on “Movin’ the Chains,” co-hosted by Pat Kirwan and Jim Miller, heard exclusively on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Kaufman initially appeared to discuss the passing of Bucs owner Malcolm Glazer. But while Kirwan and Miller had Kaufman on the phone, they asked him general Bucs questions.
Kaufman was meandering about various Bucs issues and in one breath took a sharp turn and smashed right into Lovie’s quarterback crystal ball.
“I know that you guys are looking at this from afar, but this Mike Glennon thing, there have been like 37 stories written about Mike Glennon in the last three weeks. About a backup quarterback,” Kaufman said. “I believe he did a good job last year. But you know what? You can’t keep calling him the quarterback of the future, guys, when he played a full season and now you have reduced him to a backup role behind a guy who was a journeyman. Pat, I’m sorry, because I know you like McCown. But a year ago even you would have said ‘a journeyman.’ And he had a heckuva season last year, there is no question. So, I do not believe everything Lovie is saying about Mike Glennon’s future. I really don’t. I don’t think he is going to be the heir apparent to McCown in a couple of years. We will see. I think he is a good backup, but to be your guy going forward, I’m not buying it, guys.”
As Joe wrote previously, there is something fishy about this whole quarterback thing and Joe just cannot put a finger on it. Bucs general manager Jason Licht and Lovie clearly saw something on Glennon’s tape they did not like. Otherwise, why go out within hours of the free agent dinner bell ringing and buy a quarterback? Something on tape about Glennon spooked L&L, and Joe would love to know what that was.
If what L&L saw on tape passed muster, enough to declare Glennon the quarterback of the future, then there was no reason to rush out and get McCown.
Again, Glennon had more starts last year than McCown has had in his past five seasons.
Now, yes, Lovie will tell everyone he knew and trusted McCown and didn’t know Glennon, hence why he was so aggressive in obtaining McCown’s services. Joe understands this and respects this.
But you know what? Lovie didn’t know bratty Jay Cutler, either, when the Bears traded for him and started Cutler right away.