Leading Glennon To The “Hall Of Fame”May 13th, 2014
Josh McCown is one giant fan of Mike Glennon, so he detailed today at One Buc Palace.
McCown is certain Glennon is destined for greatness. But, surprisingly, McCown told reporters he hasn’t watched any of Glennon’s game tape.
McCown’s high marks for Glennon and his projections for Glennon’s future are based on what he’s seen with his own eyes through the past five weeks, and in box scores from 2013.
It wasn’t coming from Joe, but McCown was peppered with questions from local media about Lovie Smith’s “quarterback of the future,” aka Glennon.
McCown was happy to entertain all the angles and share all kinds of love about the Tampa Bay “cannon” waiting in the wings. McCown talked about how excited he is to start for the Bucs, and he also reiterated how serious he takes his role as mentor-in-chief.
“It’s a great quarterbacks room. I want to get Mike Glennon, you know, my hope is that one day Mike Glennon is a Hall of Famer. I take great pride in saying, ‘You know, you had a small part of that, man,’” McCown said. “He has everything out in front of him. And so it’s just to help him and help make him better. Whenever that time is, that time is.
“And so [Glennon] pushes me, and I’m just trying to bring him along and make him better. I think that’s good for the Bucs. That’s good for our team. Whenever you have two guys pushing and working with each other but, you know, both parties just wanting the best for the team, that’s when you can capture something special. That’s the hope for Mike and I. And I think he’s got a real, real bright future. I do. I think he’s super talented. He’s a hard worker. He’s really sharp. He’s going to have a great career.”
McCown explained his mentoring approach is fluid and focused on what will help Glennon avoid “potholes” McCown encountered in his career, in addition to emphasizing positive coaching tips.
So what makes Glennon worthy of the “quarterback of the future” label? McCown was asked.
“I just like the skill set, man,” McCown said. “I just like the skill set. I think he throws the ball well. His arm strength is obviously well above average. He can spin it, man. He can really spin it. He’s a hard worker. He loves football. You have to have that at that position. And he’s intelligent. And so those things, all those things, kind of encompass. It’s just a matter of time for him.”
How does Joe know McCown hasn’t seen Glennon play? “I’ve not watched any film from last year,” McCown said.
Center Of Attention
New Bucs center Evan Dietrich-Smith also a big Glennon fan and seems blown away by McCown. However, Dietrich-Smith didn’t see too high on Josh Freeman or Dan Orlovsky, Glennon’s 2013 mentors.
“Mike’s a great player. You know, he’s got his head around it. I think he’s going to definitely gain from having Josh in front of him. You know Josh is a really good player, too. It’s kind of crazy to me the guy’s been in the league this long and, you know, hasn’t been able to get a chance as much as he has,” Dietrich-Smith said.
“But I think Mike will definitely learn form Josh how to be a pro. And I think that Mike probably didn’t have that last year, as somebody to look to what it takes to really be successful in this league. And I think that Josh is going to be able to show him that, and any other quarterback that gets to sit in that room with him. Because at the end of the day as a young player, if you don’t have somebody in front of you teaching you how to be a professional, or how this game’s played, or what you need to be seeing as a player, it’s really hard. It’s hard to develop. A coach can only take you so far.”