Will Glennon Rot On The Bench?July 9th, 2014
Joe has spent plenty of time studying all things Josh McCown. And why not? He is the quarterback handpicked to lead the Bucs to the promised land, so of course Joe needs to know everything he can about the man.
In 2011, McCown was looking to get back into the NFL and signed on with San Francisco, where he essentially was post-lockout, training-camp meat for Jim Harbaugh. (That was before Lovie Smith cut McCown after the 2012 preseason.)
During his summer in San Francisco, McCown gave an extensive interview recorded by the Press Democrat. You can enjoy that here.
What stood out to Joe was a comment McCown made when asked about his 2010 season with the Hartford Colonials of the defunct United Football League. McCown made it clear that he believes quarterbacks can only develop when they get playing time.
Q: What was the UFL like?
McCOWN: It was a great experience. It was different. The competition was a lot better than people would have thought, and I had a good time. It was a chance for me to continue to play, and play games. I think I’m further along now than had I sat on a roster last year and been a backup, because I played eight games. I think you’re only getting better when you’re taking reps, and so I really valued that. That’s what my agent and I were looking at going into it – a chance to play, because I had sat there for two years behind Jake (Delhomme) in Carolina. I hadn’t gone that long [without] playing, being the starter or the backup. Being on IR that last year and sitting was frustrating, so you just want to get back out and play.
Joe finds it interesting that McCown, per his take above, believes Mike Glennon won’t get better sitting on the bench. Joe not sure that jibes with what Lovie Smith and Jason Licht believe about their “quarterback of the future.”
Yes, plenty of QBs have matured on the bench, including Aaron Rodgers, but there’s probably just as many who have rotted without playing time and/or stagnated holding a clipboard.
Joe has no idea how Glennon will respond to his demotion.