Jan 26, 2013; Mobile, AL, USA; Senior Bowl north squad quarterback Mike Glennon of North Carolina State (8) prior to kickoff of a game against the Senior Bowl south squad at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Setting Mike Glennon Up to Start Over Josh Freeman


The Tampa Bay drafted Mike Glennon in the third round of the NFL Draft this year, and while at the time they tried to quiet rumors that he would come in and compete for the starting job, that tune has changed very quickly and the Buccaneers are expected to give Glennon virtually all the snaps in the preseason and general manager Mark Dominik said that Josh Freeman may not see snaps at all.

“We’re going to put a lot of pressure on [Glennon] and see a lot of reps from him in the preseason. He’s got to play,” Dominik said, via JoeBucsFan. “We may not see as much of Dan Orlovsky or even of Josh Freeman somewhat in the preseason as much as you’re going to see Glennon.”

There are quarterback controversies and then there is the coup d’état going on in Tampa Bay at the moment. It’s no secret that head coach Greg Schiano isn’t sold on the idea of Josh Freeman leading his team, and the antics at Buccaneers camp right now show that Schiano isn’t going to try and hide his desire to overthrow Freeman as the starter.

Glennon isn’t impressing everyone who watched him play at North Carolina State, but people like Dominik and Schiano are paying more attention to what they saw out of him so far in his short Buccaneers career.

“We’re excited about just the little bit we saw from him [during rookie minicamp] in terms of mentally what he could handle” Dominik gushed about Glennon. “We kept piling more on him and he kept doing a great job digesting it, regurgitating it and running the team.”

Nothing guarantees that Glennon will be a success in the NFL, as the obligatory reference to Russell Wilson is being drawn by everyone who has an opinion. But there is no doubt that the Buccaneers are making a serious push to get Glennon into starting shape and it’s yet to be seen if that is meant to motivate Josh Freeman in his contract season or overthrow him and get the change started early.

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  • cardreader

    Even though Freeman set some significant records for TB last year, Schiano doesn’t like to lose games through poor QB play. Expect to see Glennon if that happens again this year.

    • http://twitter.com/JaedenStormes Matt Holden

      He didn’t lose games through poor QB play. He lost games through poor secondary play. Josh had us within 1 TD in 15 of 16 games, and the secondary blew a staggering FIVE fourth quarter leads.

      • cardreader

        Hey Matt. I agree that the DB play was… well, the worst. Ironically this year, it could be the best, who knows. As for the QB, Josh should have more fun this year with his pro bowl line back. Last year he showed up big time in a 5 or 6 game stretch but there were times when he made foolish decisions and missed receivers badly. I know the rap on him is “bad mechanics” but i think its mental. By “mental” i mean simply an inability to relax in the face of pressure. Some QB’s have it and some have to learn it. Josh is the latter. If he gets that straightened out, he’s franchise material. If not, Glennon will be waiting in the wings.

  • Jayson Kaplan

    The backup typically gets more reps in preseason, particularly when it’s a rookie that has zero NFL experience. Of course they want Glennon to get as many reps as possible as opposed to Freeman who knows the system and the personnel. Stop trying to force a QB controversy where there is none, yet anyway. Glennon is an exceptionally raw prospect that wouldn’t be ready for the NFL on a team without a legit veteran QB in place. In a true competition he couldn’t last with Freeman for five minutes.

  • http://twitter.com/Centrale1 Centrale

    A very dramatically-framed article, but we’re going to be watching Freeman taking snaps once the season begins. If the Bucs don’t end up with an improved record this season, then Glennon will get a serious shot. But for now, both Glennon and the team are best served by him learning and developing as a backup.

  • http://twitter.com/JaedenStormes Matt Holden

    This is extremely common. You always see a lot of the rookie in preseason, especially when he’s going to be the primary backup. No way Orlovsky’s on the week 1 roster. In no way is he going to beat out Josh Freeman. But if somebody’s going to get hurt in preseason, I’d far rather it be Glennon than Josh.