Glennon “Journey” To Acceptance Is ProgressingAugust 29th, 2013
Joe knows some readers despise references to the Mike Glennon Mob, whose members wish to rid the Bucs of Josh Freeman so the team can play a quarterback they believe could potentially deliver a Super Bowl.
For these folks, and they really do exist, Glennon’s readiness is far less important than the fact that he’s not Freeman, a man those fans believe has no shot of becoming a championship QB.
There’s really nothing odd or unique to these fans’ mindset. It happens every season in several NFL cities. Backup quarterbacks are often popular guys. Joe was first exposed to this as a kid in New Jersey. Jets fans screamed to dump Richard Todd for Matt Robinson, and Giants fans wanted to hang Phil Simms in favor Scott Brunner. Eventually Bill Parcells stripped the starting job from Simms before coming to his senses.
Today, Tampa Bay Times Bucs beat writer Rick Stroud penned a piece about Glennon that includes backup Dan Orlovsky explaining locker-room faith in Glennon is there and growing.
“I do think that Mike will be ready,” Orlovsky said. “He’s been impressive with the way he’s handled himself, with the way he’s handled the offense. He’s not scared to rip it, which is a good quality. He can. The ball comes off his hand really nice.
“I think the biggest thing for Mike is he’s proven to his teammates he’s got something there to him. That will be something he has to continue every week to prove to his teammates that, ‘if something does happen, I’m okay, guys.’ I think he’s started that journey.”
Yesterday, Greg Schiano talked about how Glennon has “shown that he can make all the throws.” This morning, Stroud said on his WDAE-AM 620 radio show that Orlovsky likely will become an NFL coach and his highly respected in the Bucs’ organization.
All this small stuff adds adds fuel to the Mob.
Glennon should be progressing and developing, and fans with good mental health should embrace it. The Mob shouldn’t be rooting against Freeman. But Joe knows the attitude of these fans, that Freeman can’t be a winner, and that just won’t change until he’s playing in January.