Glennon Better Off Elsewhere

January 6th, 2017
Go for the payday.

Go for the payday.

Bucs backup quarterback Mike Glennon is a good dude. Class act.

He belongs starting on another team.

It isn’t just Joe who came up with that. It is also Adam Schein. The fantastic talking head heard on SiriusXM Radio has been a big Glennon fan for a long time. And now the time has come for Glennon to wave goodbye to the Bucs and find greener, richer pastures, writes Schein.

This past offseason, I dedicated an entire column to explaining why Glennon should be a starter in this league. He’ll be a free agent this offseason, and it’s high time for his exodus from Tampa Bay.

Is Mike Glennon a superstar in the making? No. But Mike Glennon can start for many teams in the NFL. Prior to Jameis Winston’s arrival in Tampa, Glennon flashed an intriguing skill set, posting respectable numbers over 19 games in 2013 and 2014: 4,025 passing yards with 29 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.

Glennon could represent an upgrade at the position for clubs like the Cardinals, Jaguars, Jets, Bears and Browns.

Yes, the Bucs are talking like they want to keep Glennon, but wants a shot to start and likely will get a chance — and some level of payday. Good for him.

Use that Team Glazer loot to lure a wide receiver who can help the Bucs instead of paying Glennon too much to sit the bench — a much more intelligent investment.

46 Responses to “Glennon Better Off Elsewhere”

  1. R.O. Says:

    Jags may be a push… and he won’t sign there. Bears, Jets, Bills, maybe Cards but not sure MG8 wants to sit behind CP until he retires.

  2. rayjay1122 Says:

    I hope he gets a shot somewhere. If Winston ever gets seriously injured we are screwed anyways, so I would not put too much into the back-up. They will most likely just keep Griffin and promote him to QB2.

  3. J 2.0 Says:

    He would go perfect for a team like Denver. They could get him and afford to pay their defensive players and he would be good enough to not lose the games for them. Likely won’t win that many for them but good enough to not blow it and let the defense shine.

  4. J 2.0 Says:

    I mean how many teams paying their QB $20+ million have even won a Super Bowl recently?

  5. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    I think Glennon can be an effective QB, but for the right team. He’s not going to go to a team like Chicago and take them to the playoffs. However, I could see him going to Denver and being a good QB for them. I hope he gets that opportunity, even though selfishly I’d love for him to stay in Tampa and backup Winston.

  6. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    I hope MG8 takes his new team to the SUPERBOWL so as to shut up all these MG8 haters!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Best of luck to you Mike!!!!!

  7. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    Former wide receivers coach P.J. Fleck – currently Western Michigan’s HC.
    Is expected to be named the next HC of the Minnesota Gophers.

    Congrats Coach!!!

  8. jerseybuc Says:

    Cards may be moving on from Carson Palmer, wouldn’t that be interesting if we face MG8 in the desert next year? I don’t see Denver making a play for Glennon considering they have a young QB in the wings. Romo might be a bridge for them and a guy who can take them back to the playoffs right away. He will be expensive though. Some Glennon talk to the Jets up here on NY talk radio. New coaches will have a say once they are hired at all the open spots. He has to go somewhere where he has a chance to start. Chicago, maybe SF or Buffalo, but he could get killed in Cleveland with that O line.

  9. DB55 Says:

    Texans. That’s where he’ll go.

  10. orlbucfan Says:

    Mike Glennon came from the same college background as Russel Wilson of Seattle. That’s why Bucs drafted him. He has never had a fair shot as a starter cos of the Head Coach Musical Chairs. He’s a good young QB, and not a head case. I wish him the very best of luck this off-season. Hope FameisJ learns how to calm down a bit, too.

  11. Buc1987 Says:

    Go get’em Mikey.

    Prove tickrdr right!

  12. Buccfan37 Says:

    I’ve never wavered as a Glennon fan. Like to see him do well also, wherever that may be.

  13. richardtyson Says:

    He should go work on a chicken farm.

  14. JonBuc Says:

    J 2.0:

    Manning last year…but your point is well taken. Too large of a cap # takes away from other holes on a roster i.e. Drew Brees

  15. JonBuc Says:

    Check that..Manning “only” made 15 million in 2015.

  16. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    So everyone thinks that Glennon is a starter yet he couldn’t beat out McCown and we drafted a QB as soon as possible the following year. Regardless of what you all think of Lovie (he sucked) if Glennon had shined in training camp that year McCown was here he would have won the job. I will guarantee you the coaches had them graded similarly. To me his biggest short coming was his lack of pocket awareness and overall lack of mobility. It was painful to watch at times and he didn’t do much of anything as far as winning when he was starting.

  17. Lord Cornelius Says:

    Dude is a cancer we need him out ASAP


    Seriously hope he gets a big deal. Win win for everyone because we should get a mid to late rounder

  18. Mike Johnson Says:

    Nothing wrong with being a career backup in the NFL. As we all know, they get their shots at starting many times along the way. Glennon may be one of these guys who sits and sits then eventually gets a start with a team and sticks! One of the best thing about being a backup is you have no excuse when called. Your body is fresh and has not been..beatdown. Bucs had better have a good backup. You can’t cheat the odds forever. Jameis will go down hard one day. Its just the nature of the game.

  19. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    “Texans. That’s where he’ll go.”


    Makes a lot of sense, but I don’t know the details of Brock the Flop’s contract. They may not be able to afford him.

  20. JWBUCS Says:

    I appreciate every quality Mike Glennon has displayed while here is Tampa, and I would love to see Mike tap into some stronger Starting NFL money, like a gig with the Cardinals or Jets…

  21. ToesOnTheLine!!! Says:

    Tickrdr, myself, and a few others…pretty much all that will admit to being part of the group (Glennon Mob?) that thinks Glennon has shown some promise and can be a solid NFL starting QB. Hopefully he gets his chance to start somewhere and makes the most of it.

  22. LakeLandBuc Says:

    Teams won’t be knocking down the door to sign Glennon.

  23. America's Commenter Says:

    Imagine the Bucs are 9-3 heading into December 2017, and Winston goes down with a 4 week injury.

    Going 9-7 will sometimes make the playoffs, going 10-6 will usually do it, and going 11-5 is a practical certainty.

    Put yourself in Licht’s shoes. Is Ryan Griffin, or any other available QB, good enough to win 2 games to salvage the season? Mike Glennon is good enough.

  24. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    @ america – this article is talking about Glennon being paid big bucks to compete for a starting job. It is not asking if Glennon could come in for a pinch and try to win 2 out of 4 games for a playoff caliber team. I don’t think he is a starting caliber QB but is an average to good back up QB

  25. J 2.0 Says:


    Whereas Manning was highly paid, he was only paid $19 million last year so my theory stands true. Last season was also the last year of lower salaries for integral parts of Denver’s defense, which is why the went SUPER cheap on QB this season.

    I love Jameis and I hope we can win a Super Bowl in the next 3 seasons. Once he gets paid $25+ million a year it will be very tough.

    The modern NFL is why you have to build a team that is only a QB away from winning it all to have a chance.

    Or have a guy like Brady as your QB. I hope Jameis structures his deal (I should say I hope he union and his agent allow him to structure his deal) to where it doesn’t kill this team the way Cam’s contract has.

  26. Eric Says:

    LOL even if we had to rely on Glennon to win those games, we’d be screwed when we reached the playoffs. I just don’t see him making a run after that.

    Look at Miami and Oakland. Both have extreme potential to do work in the playoffs, but neither of them will without their qbs. Unfortunately if Jameis goes down, the Bucs go down. Even if we have Glennon still here.

  27. Stpetebucsfan Says:

    yet he couldn’t beat out McCown

    Yet you mention in the next sentence the coach was lousy. Duh. Yes lousy coaches make lousy decisions.

    MG8 would have two more W’s on his record if vaunted defensive guru Schiano could have put out a defense to protect leads and in Seattle if moron Schiano hadn’t taken his foot off the accelerator off the hurry up offense that was killing Seattle…why..because Schiano thought they hadn’t practiced it enough. DUH

    I’m not a member of the MG8 club. I think he too suffers from the “White Men Can’t Jump” syndrome. People see a tall gangly white guy who is a bit goofy looking and totally immobile and immediately write him off. Dude is academically the smartest QB in the league…he makes good decisions and he has what every defensive HC in the league lusts for…the ability to protect the ball! He is the anti-Jameis….no spark or glamour and he can’t carry a team…but he won’t lose the game.

    I’m like others here..Denver is his best bet from HIS perspective if he want’s a chance to play for a winner. If he wants top dollar he may be thrust into a horrible situation.

  28. Lord Cornelius Says:

    Houston seems unlikely. Too much money in Brock and they just pulled that move last year so I doubt the owner is even thinking about paying any QB anything this off season. They will likely draft one or double down in the mistake that is Brock.

    Denver is a possibility – but they want Paxton Lynch to be their starter even if he isn’t ready.

    Bills / Jets / Browns / 49ers / Cardinals – I like the chances there more than either of those teams.

    There’s a lot of teams with potential QB issues. It just takes one to think he could potentially start and pay him for it.

  29. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    @ST Pete – I just don’t see it and never did. It was like he was playing in slow motion. He was wildly inaccurate with the deep ball too. I don’t care what the stats say, I watched with my own eyes when VJax would be running down the sidelines and he would throw it 5 yards out of bounds. I saw him do that several times. I just don’t think he has much of anything to offer outside of not throwing picks. Of course that was because he would check it down or get sacked most of the time. I don’t know if fans remember those games or not. Three and outs over and over again. Outside of a few games he just ran an offense that was in quicksand and went no where. Maybe if you are someone like Cleveland you pick him up for a season or two until you can draft a guy to replace him. I just don’t see anyone paying him big money. He would be kind of an “oh sh&% I guess we have to go with him this season” type of situation.

  30. BFFL Says:

    Insurance always suck to pay for until you actually need to use it.

  31. Joe Says:


    So you value a guy you hope never plays over a starter? Feel free to list the last backup quarterback to win a Super Bowl (Joe has the answer).

    Simply put: You lose your starting quarterback, you are screwed.

  32. orlbucfan Says:

    TouchDownTampaBay Says:
    January 6th, 2017 at 11:42 am
    So everyone thinks that Glennon is a starter yet he couldn’t beat out McCown and we drafted a QB as soon as possible the following year. Regardless of what you all think of Lovie (he sucked) if Glennon had shined in training camp that year McCown was here he would have won the job.
    @TDTB: Are you kidding me? Lovie never gave MG8 a fair shot. Then the fool goes and brings in McClown cos HE HAD HIM IN CHICAGO!! That idiot QB lost AT LEAST 3 games by his very own lonesome that season. He was horrific!!! Did Lovie bench him? No. There were PLENTY of fans and others yelling for MG8 to come in. I knew then that Lovie was history. I was so sick of the musical HC chairs by then, too.

  33. Joe Says:

    Lovie never gave MG8 a fair shot. Then the fool goes and brings in McClown cos HE HAD HIM IN CHICAGO!!

    And Lovie cut him in Chicago for Jason Campbell. Let that sink in.

    Of course Lovie wasn’t going to bench McCown. That would be admitting a pretty grievous mistake.

    Remember: When Lovie was here, it was all about Lovie and his genius football acumen. Don’t have to believe Joe; just ask Lovie.

  34. GhostofTedford Says:

    Agree with DB55…………..Texans

  35. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    My point is that MG8 isn’t that good to begin with. I remember a friend of mine attending one of those night practices before the season started. He texted me and said the Bucs are in trouble, both of these QBs suck! Lovie cut McCown in Chicago but after watching tape of Glennon he felt McCown was the better option and signed him and promised him the job. That should tell you something. Right or wrong the fact that even happened (albeit by a moronic coach) is telling.

  36. orlbucfan Says:

    TouchDownTampaBay Says:
    January 6th, 2017 at 4:54 pm
    My point is that MG8 isn’t that good to begin with. I remember a friend of mine attending one of those night practices before the season started. He texted me and said the Bucs are in trouble, both of these QBs suck!
    Which season are you referring to? What year?

  37. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    The year they brought in McCown

  38. ThunderSack Says:


    Wait… Did I just spot a difference in the Two Joes about MG8?! Discuss!

    This article:
    Bucs backup quarterback Mike Glennon is a good dude. Class act.

    He belongs starting on another team.

    Previous Article:
    “Sorry, Mike Glennon Mob, but Glennon is not guiding any team to the Super Bowl as a starter, maybe not even the 2000 Ravens. ”

    Reference Link:

  39. Fred E. Buc Says:

    Wherever he goes, he’ll be someone else a year later. Many folks miss this simple fact: It’s not if a QB is needed at five or so teams where Mike Glennon may go. It is how likely those teams are to need a QB in one year if they don’t win and he isn’t really lighting it up. A chance for Mike? He had that here–he didn’t ever so much as add a spark. Captain Checkdown. Mr. Cocoon. Mike The Possum. MikeQuil. Concrete Cleats. The Stalking Giraffe. He’s a great guy, but not a leader. You can’t take the hill if your leadership skills don’t make others want to follow you…even if you CAN take the hill. Glennon will keep his team in games, and not lose the games for his team. But he will not win the games. He will not make plays; he is not a gamechanger. He lacks the x factor. Very capable backup.

  40. Doctor Stroud Says:

    Cardinals, Jaguars, Jets, Bears, and Browns? Other than Arizona (maybe), he may want to sign a one year contract with the Bucs and wait for some better teams to come calling the following year. He wants to be a starter, but he should also want to go somewhere with a decent offensive line. He may also have the opportunity to go to a better situation, like Denver or Houston, if they give up on their young QBs.

  41. Trubucfan22 Says:


    Carson palmer> glennon
    Bortles > glennon
    Cutler/Hoyer> glennon
    Jets QB = glennon
    Browns mess = glennon

    It is hard to say that glennon would be an upgrade over any already starting QB. Glennon would need a pretty impressive team around him to have any success. Let’s not forget that Glennon was the king of garbage time when he did get his chances to play. He never had 1st quarter TDs and most of his TDs came in the 4th quarter of 3 score blowouts. We’ve only seen glennon really win a game once in his career. That one steelers game was pretty impressive for the kid. But past that game he hasn’t shown much of an ability to lead a team to wins. Stats are cool for fantasy football, but in the NFL the only stat that matters is W/L. And glennon can not win games. I’m afraid of what a team would be willing to spend for glennon, only for him to disappoint millions of loyal fans. I don’t wish that on any fan base. Hopefully teams learned from the osweiler incident. But I doubt they have. This league is thirsty for QBs. Any glimmer of hope and a team is throwing multiple draft picks or truck loads of cash to get them.

  42. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    TrueBuc, Lovie and Licht watched the tape of Glennon and then went out and signed feeling Josh McCown. Let that sink in! They thought McCown was a better QB based on their review. Once GMs really look at the tape I don’t think a big offer is coming. I would bet money Licht never received a decent trade offer and that is why he is still here. The offense with him under center was pathetic. Coaches and GMs lose their jobs with QBs like Glennon as the starter. Why would they take him knowing that they will probably be gone in a year or two if they do.

  43. RustyRhinos Says:

    “Tickrdr, myself, and a few others”
    I too have always been a Glennon Fan!
    I would have liked to see him show he can be a success in the NFL. He has done a great job in being a “team first Buccaneer” player, never ever have I heard him grumble at the situations he has had to endured in the NFL. Saying all that I would like him to stay and be at the ready if Mr. Winston gets a call from the injury bug. But I can not blame him if he goes to where the money is. NFL = “not for long” Mr. Jerry Glanville is right.

    Good luck either way you decide to go Mr. Glennon.
    Go Bucs!

  44. RustyRhinos Says:

    That would be Mr. Jeff Hostetler, who went 20-32 for 222 yards and a touchdown in the win 20-19 against the Bills. He was the back up for the Giants for get this seven years with only 2 starts in that seven year span.

    My best back up who did not play in the super bowl but yet took his team to that pinnacle game after coming off the bench in week five is Earl Morrall who in week 5 took over for Bob Griese who had his ankle broken. This team went undefeated 14-0. He went out in style by beating the Browns 20-14 and Steelers 21-17 in the playoffs before giving back Bob Griese the keys to the Offense. Who by the way went out and won the Super Bowl against the Redskins 14-7. Yes, Earl Morrall was a veteran player with 16 years in the NFL when he did this but that is a plus for your back up QB right to have experiance.
    Go Bucs!

  45. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    Rusty, random posts that ramble are awesome. Good job!

  46. RustyRhinos Says:

    TDTB Random? Joe asked the question no one else answered, I did. Now the later part about Earl Morrall rambling for sure. Not like others here do not ramble.. Oh look a Rhino….