All In On Mike GlennonSeptember 19th, 2013
Joe always chuckles when he hears and reads locals whine about midday radio. Joe always tells them SiriusXM Radio has a wealth of strong options.
You can start with the King of All Media, Howard Stern, then Tim Brando (produced by Big Papi), then there is NFL Radio and, lastly, “Schein on Sports,” hosted by popular sports radio and TV personality Adam Schein, heard exclusively on “Mad Dog Radio.”
For Joe, Schein is a breath of fresh air. He brings a New York attitude to non-New York sports in a thoughtful way. It is so, so, so much better than the tripe like the Dull Patrick Show many outlets ambush and force feed to innocent listeners.
Schein comes across as a closet Bucs fan. He really likes Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik (who will occasionally pop up on his show) and believes Bucs commander Greg Schiano will turn the Bucs’ culture around. But there is one Bucs element that Schein does not like and that is franchise quarterback Josh Freeman.
It all began last year when Schein correctly stated that he trusted Christian Ponder more than Freeman, despite Freeman having more talent. Sure enough, Ponder led the Vikings with clutch performances at Texas and against Green Bay to vault the Vikings into the playoffs. Meanwhile, Freeman had his annual December swoon and vanished under pressure, leaving Bucs fans to once again watch other teams in the playoffs.
Ever since, Schein has become more and more disenchanted with Freeman and has subscribed to the Mike Glennon Mob. Well, Wednesday, Schein went all in jumping into the deep end of the pool, and is no doubt the member of the Mike Glennon Mob with the biggest megaphone.
Schein, in so many words, suggested if Schiano had any fortitude, he would have already shelved Freeman and started Glennon, blasting the under-performing Freeman.
“That team is absolutely in chaos. Josh Freeman wants a trade. They should have guts and just bench him because Schiano can’t stand him because he’s not a leader. He’s not responsible. He doesn’t get to practice on time. He missed the team photo. The whole report about rigging the captaincy. I mean, just go to Mike Glennon. What are you waiting for at this stage?
“And by the way, Josh Freeman can’t play. He’s completing less than 50 percent of his passes this year! I mean, if Josh Freeman is the answer, I’d love to know the question.”
Now hold up! Joe understands where Schein is coming from but let’s cool the heels a moment. The reason Schiano hasn’t benched Freeman is quite simple: Freeman gives the Bucs the best chance to win. Simple as that. And Freeman hasn’t played nearly as bad as the Mike Glennon Mob would have you believe this season.
Again, if recent history means anything, the Bucs saw their playoff hopes blow up in their faces eight days into the regular season. An 0-2 mark to start a regular season is a death knell to playoff hopes, though the Bucs still have a lightning bolt of a chance to get back in the playoff race. The odds, the schedule, and the strength of the NFC, all work against the Bucs.
But if the team does circle the drain and go, say, 0-6, Joe wouldn’t be shocked if Schiano inserted Glennon into the lineup because at that point, what’s the harm? The season would already be lost, so you may as well throw Glennon to the wolves and see what you have.