Donovan McNabb: Let Mike Glennon Lead The Charge Early On

April 10th, 2015


Declare today a holiday for the Mike Glennon Mob.

Donovan McNabb is saying Glennon should be the Bucs’ man to start this season.

Don’t be confused, McNabb, speaking on the Ron and Ian show yesterday on WDAE-AM 620, is fully in the corner of Jameis Winston and believes Tampa Bay should draft him.

However, McNabb is not among the hand-the-ball-to-the-rookie-immediately camp.

“For Lovie Smith, you want a guy coming in who knows the three-step, five-step and seven-step drop and not be a project, where you’re trying to teach him this in his first two years,” McNabb said. “Because we all know, guys, this isn’t the years of the 90s and 80s, where you can draft a guy and maybe sit him on the bench for a year, give him a year or two to kind of develop into that quarterback, and by Year 4 or 5 you have the quarterback you want. Now, if you’re not ready to go in like Year 1, in Year 2, we’re talking about, ‘Are they going to draft another guy at the quarterback position in the first round or the second round/”

McNabb, who works for FOX Sports 1 and NBC Sports Radio, said Lovie Smith has enough of an established defense where he needs to draft Winston and develop his offense quickly. But not necessarily on Day 1.

“Let Mike Glennon lead the charge early on and give time to develop, and then you’ll have your franchise quarterback,” McNabb said.

It’s unclear what timetable McNabb has for Glennon, but Joe’s not liking that idea, unless Winston proves to be a football-immature 21-year-old during offseason workouts.

Otherwise, just hand the kid the ball.

You can hear all of McNabb’s Bucs takes below via the audio player below.

39 Responses to “Donovan McNabb: Let Mike Glennon Lead The Charge Early On”

  1. tmaxcon Says:

    Winston starts from day one. Glennon is completely irrelevant to bucs future.

  2. TheShaz Says:

    I don’t want he Bucs to give the ball to Winston without earning the privilege.

    I am fairly confidant that Jameis will if drafted by the Bucs, win the starting nod by the end of Training Camp.

    Glennon has 3x years NFL experience, Jameis has natural talent and instincts that will overshadow Glennon in the end.

  3. Couch Fan Says:

    I Love Winston and Glennon but I think Winston is better right now. But despite how I feel, there’s just no logic in handing the starting job, even if only a few games to anyone. Let them compete all summer through training camp, and let the best QB win in an open fair competition. Not that fake BS competition they had last year.

  4. Supersam Says:

    If neither one of these quArterbacks are good enough to start day one, trade the pick. Simple as that.

  5. Pickgrin Says:

    Whichever QB gives the best chance to win the opening game is the QB who should start initially. Competition is likely to bring out the best in Jameis. Bucs have 4 months to determine if Winston is ready or not to begin the season as starter.

    Glennon may not even be on the team in 3 weeks – but I hope the Bucs are smart enough to not trade MG8 unless it is literally an offer they can’t refuse like a 2nd round pick in this year’s draft.

  6. DallasBuc Says:

    Lovie doesn’t like competition on his football team. He clearly prefers to hand out starting jobs like Oprah does with cars. See every new starter on 2014 opening day roster.

  7. Ray Rice Says:

    No way Glennon beats Winston or Mariota for the starting job.

  8. DallasBuc Says:

    Did I mention Lovie Smith is incompetent?

  9. thegregwitul Says:

    I don’t know how to state this nicely, so I’m just going to come right out and say it; Donovan McNabb is a clown.

  10. Skyline Crew Says:

    McNabb is old school. The game has passed him buy. Teams don’t let drafted QBs sit anymore, unless you already have a franchise QB.

  11. Supersam Says:

    The good thing is if Licht and Lovie do draft Winston at least it’ll only be a year or so until we have a whole new front office again.

  12. bucs4lyfe Says:

    I don’t think I have to bash glennon any further plus everyone probably already knows how I feel about him so im going to switch it up and be fair.

    nobody on this team outside of the few studs on offense and defense should be given anything especially quarterback. if you go 2-14 just about every position on your roster should be a competition seriously lovie your done giving away jobs day one. the quarterback to lead this team has to earn it and not because he’s a first round pick but because he came in and proved he’s the better quarterback. if glennon has somehow improved which I doubt it, its any a plus for the team that I love so I won’t write him off completely unless he cant separate himself from a rookie because if your only alittle better then Winston they will start winston

  13. Lord Cornelius Says:

    Winston should have started over Glennon in 2013 if that were possible

  14. WS99 Says:

    Let Glennon start week 1 and 2 of the preseason. Winston starts week 3 and 4. This gives him Max reps with NFL speed. This should help him get ready for week 1.

    And forget about trading Glennon we need a solid back up QB in case something happens. STOP THROWING AWAY GOOD PLAYERS.

  15. WS99 Says:

    I think Glennon and winston are going to be a great team. Glennon beat FSU. Only 1 of 3 teams to beat them in the last 3 years. That’s gives him bragging rights.

  16. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    Whatever happened to merit? Why do we no longer allow the best player as displayed by performance on the field get the starting job. If that’s Glennon fine. If it’s Fameis fine.

    One thing is certain. Glennon will have to play lights out and be sooooo far superior to Fameis to ever get a genuine chance.

    If the Bucs select Fameis the job is his to lose, and I mean he’d have to suck out loud to lose it, not Glennon’s to win. Glennon has no chance nor will there be any real sense of competition.

    If the Bucs select Fameis careers will be on the line and if Fameis get’s beat out by Glennon L&L’s rep will be in the crapper. EVERY incentive lines up to GIVING the job to Fameis whether he earns it not. That’s just life in the NFL.

  17. Jolly Bucs fan Says:

    I’m all for this, let Glennon start, he’s serviceable, with a better D and hopefully better O-line, we should still be able to win a few games (we are not going to the superbowl anyways) then when we start Winston (be it year 2 or later in the season) the o-line will have had time to gel and grow (any rookies Kadeem or Pamphile should improve as the year goes on)
    This way Winston isn’t placed at risk early on.

    In year 2 Winston will be ready to lead us to the playoffs behind an improved O-line, and a defense in year 3 of Tampa 2 and should be a top 10 or top 5 D with a franchise DE can be drafted 1st rd in draft next year

    Patience is key, there’s no point in hurting Winston so he can lead us to a few more victories

    Get ready to Fire the Cannons in 2016

  18. passthebuc Says:

    And what if Glennon with a re-vamped O. Line, lights up the league.

  19. tmaxcon Says:


    The only way glennon lights up anything is if he becomes an electrician.

  20. ufour20 Says:

    I love all this talk about a rookie QB coming and starting right away; flirting with a 2-14 record and no more Lovie, a different coordinator the following year and the start Jemarcus Winston’s early retirement (see RG3).

  21. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    You know what they say about opinions.

  22. tmaxcon Says:


    He has had every opportunity to light it up and has FAILED. If you can’t beat McCown out you need to explore other careers. No shame in being an electrician. His height will make his job easier changing bulbs. It’s a logical transition

  23. Barry Says:

    If Winston develops as a QB they way he has , allegedly, as a sexual predator then he’ll be a fine QB. Moan equals Yes… Haha there ain’t no stopping the Creep.

  24. Rrsrq Says:

    I’m in the Jameis camp to start day one also, but why was Jameis a red shirt his freshman year, he couldn’t beat out E. J., or was this just a matter of paying your dues as a freshman, even though he was the prize of the recruiting class. Just a question, but I say, let’s roll with JW, unless you go the way of the Vikes, Jags and Raiders last year

  25. Couch Fan Says:

    Lets stop pretending like he had a fair shot to beat out McCown.

  26. bo Says:

    Could not agree more….neither Jaboo or MM are ready to play in 2015…take a seat and learn

  27. Martinii Says:

    There are so many variables between now and our first real game in September. Are we going to trade Glennon, are we going to pick Winston, are we going to improve our O-line, are we going to trade down, are we going to bring in a Mike Vick type, are we going to draft a mid round QB project and just how quick is Jameis going to pick up our system or God forbid Mike takes a giant leap forward in the offseason. Oh, and not to mention, a knee or ankle in camp or preseason game. To ponder who woulda, shoulda, coulda starting QB tempts “The Best Layed Plans” axiom.

  28. Newbucsfan!!! Says:

    I would agree but I think that Winston will beat glennon out fairly easily for the starting job. No need to sit the kid if he won’t learn anything from it. Regardless of how he played Josh McCown was beloved by the team and he would have been the projected starter. Then I would sit Winston and let him watch and learn what to and not to do.

  29. UF Alum that likes a few Noles here. Says:

    Not Peyton, not Brady, not Elway, Aikman, Staubach nor Any other QB threw a TD pass in Each of his first Eight games. Mike Glennon did.
    None of those guys threw only One INT to their first Ten TD passes.
    Mike Glennon did.
    He did this without a no. 2 WR, with 3rd and 4th string RBs, a Rookie TE that just converted to WR, behind terrible OL with a HC that was getting fired.

  30. UF Alum that likes a few Noles here. Says:

    *from WR*

  31. tmaxcon Says:

    Here is the only stat that matters glennon people

    5 – 13

    Everything else is just creative math and excuses.

  32. JoeJoes Fungi Nails Says:

    If Glennon starts…Jameis will have a very hard time getting on the field…..

  33. LargoBuc Says:

    A majority of the reasoning to draft Winston is that he is “NFL ready”. Why sit him and let Glennon flounder out there. Lovie knows he cant start Glennon and be out of it by Halloween for a third straight year. He wants to start Jameis asap and he should. Thats what makes him worth of going first overall. If they’re just going to start Glennon and groom a quarterback, then they might as well trade down for picks and draft Petty in the mid rounds.

  34. Trubucfan22 Says:

    McNabb is a freaking idiot, and Glennon is freaking terrible. Just start anyone or anything over Glennon. I’ll eat crow if Glennon ever does anything worth a damn, but in 2 years I’ve been proved right. He’s garbage.

  35. Buccfan37 Says:

    Glennon is the QB of the future. Whose team’s future, that is the question. I mean the cement footed beaker giraffe ran out of bounds short of the first down, ad nauseum. I’ll be content if the Bucs keep him as the backup, I think he stays with the Bucs.

  36. MM-ARMY Says:

    what what what????

    “unless Winston proves to be a football-immature 21-year-old during offseason workouts.”

    All I have heard from JBF is that JW is NFL ready and MM is not (which is laughable to me as neither are really NFL ready)….and that is why he has the edge over MM. Are you beginning to backtrack now??? I thought you were 100% sure this guy is the next Luck??? What happened to your confidence in JW.


  37. The original "Kevin" Says:

    I usually disagree with mcnabb on everything…..except this. If lovie finds his pass rush he needs for this defense to be effective then Mike Glennon under Dirk Koetter gives them the best chance to win. Especially in a year where the falcons are in shambles and new orleans will be learning to work without Jimmy Grahmm. I like the idea of drafting winston…..BUT, if Lovie feels Koetter can help Glennon put up Matt Ryans numbers, he may feel he has the starter he needs to pair with his defense.

    I mean think about ATL….theyre defense is always horrible but there offense puts up points. Matt Ryan had comparable stats to Glennon before Koetter came in. Mike Glennon has had a pile of crap to work with. I really feel like despite the belief they take a qb number one….they may go DE with the first pick and take a backup to Glennon later.

    I would rather they draft winston just to be safe but as long as lovies defense bounces back and becomes what it is known for then Mike Glennon and Koetter offer the most upside for 2015…

  38. CLW JB Says:

    Isn’t it really best case scenario that MG starts and does well before ceding to JW…more trade value and we have 1 more yr on his rookie deal as insurance – Glennon is a nice qb but not a franchise caliber guy – he could be our back up for 10 years too like a Kubiak type…

  39. BoJim Says:

    JoeJoes Fungi Nails Says:

    If Glennon starts…Jameis will have a very hard time getting on the field…..

    That’s what Lovie is afraid of.