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Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Why Mike Glennon Starting Is The Right Choice
- Updated: September 26, 2013
As news broke early Wednesday morning that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have benched quarterback Josh Freeman in favor of rookie Mike Glennon, many are wondering who the rookie pick. Glennon, a third-round pick of the Buccaneers in this year’s draft, stands 6’7″ and weighs 225, so he contributes nearly the same body size as former starter, Josh Freeman. Glennon’s ties with Bucs’ head coach Greg Schiano go back to his time as a high school football recruit, when he was heavily scouted by Schiano who was the coach of Rutgers at the time.
So as Buccaneers fans and NFL fans look around at this team, who currently sit at 0-3, and wonder what’s next, there should be some hope given to Glennon. This won’t be his first rodeo taking over, as he was inserted to takeover for Russell Wilson during their time together at N.C. State. In a news conference late Wednesday, Glennon said one advantage he has, is during his time at N.C. State they ran a similar, pro-style offense, and not the new-wave, option offense that has taken over both the college and NFL games.
Our very own Bryan Luis breaks down Mike Glennon in a pre-draft scouting report, and notes the strong-arm, yet somewhat disappointing accuracy. One thing that became very noticeable was Glennon’s drop in production in college when he loss his outside receiver, T.J. Graham, but he will have two of them in Tampa Bay. Mike Williams and Vincent Jackson are viable threats for the Tampa Bay passing game, and although there isn’t much else in receiving options, the three of these guys must put in extra work together to make it happen.
The bad news for Glennon and Tampa Bay early, he hasn’t practiced with Williams or Jackson all week, as they prepare to face the Arizona Cardinals. It may not become instant success for the now, Mike Glennon-led Buccaneers, but this move had to be made. Josh Freeman was told to go out and prove he deserved a new contract, led the team to an 0-3 start, and simply did not have the production needed to keep the job.
Greg Schiano has the guy he’s always wanted as his quarterback, and that quarterback has two respectable receivers, now it’s time to put it all together.
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