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NFL QB Battles: Tampa Bay Buccaneers pay McCown to snub Glennon

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Which quarterback will lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers? It’s a classic veteran vs young gun with Josh McCown and Mike Glennon. Two NFL studs, one starting job. Dan Salem and Todd Salem debate in part two of this week’s TD Sports Debate. Two brothers from New York yell, scream and debate the NFL and sports.

[Part one - Oakland Raiders right with Schaub]



The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are an interesting case at quarterback. Josh McCown feels like the starter, was a starter for eight games last season with the Chicago Bears, and can definitely lead this team. But he’s also entering his thirteenth season and has never started a full sixteen games. His peak was with Arizona in 2004, when he played for fourteen games.

McCown has nice numbers and enters the year on a high note. Yet so does Mike Glennon. He started thirteen games for Tampa Bay last season in his rookie year and performed admirably. A quick glance at the 2013 stats for both men leaves this conversation at an impasse.

Josh McCown (2013 stats): 1800 yds, 13 TDs, 1 INT, over 8 games

Mike Glennon (2013 stats): 2600 yds, 19 TDs, 9 INT, over 13 games

Does Tampa Bay continue to groom Glennon into their long-term answer at quarterback? Is that even realistic? Or do they hand the starting QB job to McCown in an attempt to win behind veteran leadership? Both sound like good answers on paper. Neither leaves me feeling satisfied if I’m a fan of the Buccaneers.



Tampa Bay probably has the most interesting QB battle of any team in the league to me. They brought in Josh McCown off of, as you said, half of one season. The incumbent meanwhile, Mike Glennon, was drafted by a previous regime who is no longer employed by the team.

On the surface it seems blatantly obvious that the new crew in charge didn’t trust Glennon as their guy and didn’t want their season riding on him. They paid McCown to come here and be the starting quarterback, not just to compete. But just because this seems so straightforward doesn’t make the situation any less enticing to follow. The real conundrum comes when debating whether this series of decisions was correct.

I say no.

McCown has been in the league for 11 years. His best season, really his only good season he’s ever put together, was last season in Chicago. He just so happened to have the best wide receiver combo in the league at his disposal, along with a superb running back and offensive system around him. There is nothing in his past to suggest this was anything other than the situation around him that led to this fluky season, which included an unsustainable 0.4 interception percentage. It’s hard to throw picks when Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall snatch every ball away from opposing defensive backs.

Meanwhile, Glennon had a pretty solid year last year even though he was a rookie and the situation around him was a disaster. It seems likely that he will do nothing but improve if given the chance to start. Considering the weapons brought in through the draft to help this offense, Glennon’s success behind center could be exponentially better than his first year’s attempts.

Of course, Glennon is on a third-round rookie deal, and McCown was given a flashy free-agent contract to come to Tampa. It doesn’t make sense to me, but McCown is the guy for the Buccaneers.


[Part one - Oakland Raiders right with Schaub]

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  • Chad Jensen

    Fun read. I honestly didn’t realize that Glennon had that good of numbers last year. The team should stick with him. Great size and cannon arm. From his TD/INT ratio, it looks like he is a good decision maker too. For a rook, that’s quite remarkable.

  • 65yt

    Glennon had little poise when the pocket was coming apart.
    In playing good teams like Green Bay, New England, and New Orleans, Tampa is going to need a QB who can stay in the pocket and get it done.
    McCown has more NFL experience and even though his past numbers are not the best, his leadership is better, and that is Tampa needs this season.
    Maybe next year kid.

    • JoeBob McGillicuddy

      What games were you watching? Obviously not the Bucs. Glennon looked great considering the lack of talent around him. He will eventually do great things in the league. Is he Brady? No, but as you remember, Brady sat a few years backing up Bledsoe.

    • Vince Ferlita

      Seriously that couldn’t be more false. His pocket composure and awareness rivaled many starting veteran QBs. Glennon may not be ready but before you throw that garbage out watch some film. If he would’ve played a full season his numbers per 16 games would’ve rivaled Luck, Wilson, and Mannings numbers during their rookie seasons.

    • 65yt

      Well aparently LovIe must agree w me because McCown is the starter. I watched EVERY game last Season and saw Glennon get the Sacks. Lovie watched more film than Both of you put together and Glennon still isn’t starting.

  • Jayson Kaplan

    Unless Glennon learns how to not panic the instant he feels the pass rush it doesn’t matter how many weapons the Bucs add to the offense. No QB in the NFL panics under pressure like Glennon did last year.

    Also, the “cannon arm” thing is a myth. Yes, he has a strong arm. He’s also pretty damn inaccurate on long passes and constantly throws to the wrong side of WRs, he doesn’t “throw them open.”

    Some of these things are coachable but he’s not ready to be an NFL starter. He was forced into the position because Schiano sandbagged Freeman. The guy was only a 3rd rounder because Schiano had a hard-on for him. The only defense of Glennon I ever hear is that he was the best rookie QB last year as if outperforming EJ Manuel and Geno Smith is an accomplishment.