All-In On Mike GlennonSeptember 7th, 2013
Despite a woeful final preseason game by Bucs backup quarterback Mike Glennon, the Mike Glennon Mob is alive and well.
Their outcries for Glennon to take over as Bucs quarterback may have quieted, but they’re only pushed back into the shadows, not gone.
Joe knows the don of the Mike Glennon Mob is Dave the Producer at WFLA-TV, Channel 8. So if Dave the Producer is the don, then popular radio and television sports personality Adam Schein is certainly a made man if not a capo.
Schein, once a believer in Bucs franchise quarterback Josh Freeman, has given up on Freeman and in not quite the past year, has made no secret of how he feels about Freeman as a starting quarterback in the NFL. Schein recently has all but claimed Glennon would start before the end of the season and now, in his weekly NFL.com column, Schein has gone all-in on Glennon claiming it will be Glennon — not Freeman — who will save the Bucs season and is one of the nine NFL rookies to watch this year.
9) Mike Glennon, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Yes, you read that correctly: Mike Glennon. And yes, I know he’s not the Bucs’ starter. However, consider that Greg Schiano and Mark Dominik have built a team that’s ready to dance at every position but one: quarterback. There’s a reason they have yet to give Josh Freeman an extension: They aren’t convinced and need to see more.
If the offensive line is healthy and Freeman struggles, Glennon will play. And he should. He has a rocket for an arm and a ton of confidence. With Doug Martin in the backfield, Tampa’s going to run it 25 times per game anyway. The Bucs need someone to stretch the field and make better decisions.
In his Rutgers coaching days, Schiano liked to say that it’s better to put in the young quarterback “a day late rather than a day early.” But he had no problem reshuffling the depth chart when trouble hit. I just don’t see the coach allowing the season to slip away with Freeman. Plus, I like Glennon in the system put together by Schiano and offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan.
Now let Joe be very much upfront here: If Freeman struggles, the season is done. If Freeman is benched, he must be playing horribly, as in 2011 bad. If Freeman struggles, then it’s time to worry about the draft.
Schein does make a couple of salient points. The Bucs are built to win now (which is why Joe believes Freeman is the man, or Dominik trades for a veteran next winter). The thing Schein points out that bears monitoring is his claim of Schiano being afraid to juggle quarterbacks at Rutgers.
What exactly does Schiano do if Freeman struggles and the Mike Glennon Mob grows angrier and loud?