The Answer Is In The DigitsApril 3rd, 2014
Somewhere in a near-empty bar in the Tampa Bay area, as closing time inches closer, a member of the Mike Glennon Mob sits in the corner and softly mutters to himself. “Yes, I’m pleased with the way the Bucs have reshuffled their roster.”
But there is one roster move that gnaws at this MGM member. It’s that Mike Glennon was benched in favor of journeyman free agent quarterback Josh McCown.
The MGM crowd believes Glennon got the shaft, despite leading the Bucs offense to the NFL’s basement.
This subject came up in a recent airing of Pro Football Talk, which Joe knows his readers enjoy weekdays on NBC Sports Network. In a roundtable discussion about the Bucs, the creator, curator and overall guru of ProFootballTalk.com, the great Mike Florio, was asked if Glennon is being mistreated by the signing of McCown.
Florio said the answer to what the Bucs really think of Glennon is as easy to find as the digits on your hand. In this case, the digits are the eight figures on McCown’s check cut by the Bucs.
Erik Kuselias: Josh McCown is in and Mike Glennon is to the bench. Are you convinced they upgraded the quarterback position?
Mike Florio: Oh, I think they have based on what they plan to do. If they really liked Mike Glennon, they wouldn’t have gone out and given $10 million to Josh McCown. And McCown, at least in the last year, has shown he is capable of getting it done. Now you have to have the right offense for him and you have to have guys suited to his strengths. He had 13 touchdowns against one interception and was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week after a great Monday night performance against Dallas. This guy has a lot of tread left on the tires because he hasn’t played much in his career. And he would be a major upgrade at quarterback for the Bucs.
The money speaks volumes. The Buccaneers didn’t have to bring him in. The Buccaneers didn’t have to give him that money. They could have just stayed with Mike Glennon. But they believe they can get out of McCown what we saw last year. And they are excited about the possibilities.
Yes, the Bucs have handed their offense to McCown and, for the time being, Glennon has been sidelined. Still, Joe senses the Bucs are still going to draft a signal-caller. After all, McCown only signed a two-year contract; the Bucs must not be 100 percent sure McCown is the future if they only inked him to a two-year pact.
Of course, we all know who Joe hopes the Bucs draft at No. 7. That may not happen. But at some point in during the three-day draft in mid-May, Joe expects the Bucs to call the name of a quarterback.