After signing veteran quarterback Josh McCown during free agency, Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith made it very clear that he was going to enter the team’s offseason workouts and training camp as the No. 1 signal-caller on the roster.
However, that news hasn’t discouraged second-year quarterback Mike Glennon, who recently said he plans to keep his competitive edge and compete for the starting job.
“He just said, ‘to start out, there’s got to be a person to start that goes out with the first group first and that person is Josh,”’ Glennon said, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. “Lovie said to me and to the team yesterday the best players are going to play. And I don’t think that’s any different for the quarterback position.”
While you have to admire Glennon’s attitude and approach to the upcoming season, the reality is that McCown is the heavy favorite to start the season with the first-team offense.
McCown is familiar with Lovie Smith from their time with the Chicago Bears, and McCown’s $10 million contract clearly suggests that the team has no plans of beginning the season with Glennon as the starter.