Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Fans Don't Want to Hear 'Quarterback Controversy' in 2013

By Andrew Fisher
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Whether Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans like it or not, the seeds have been planted for the possibility of one of the worst things for a team in sports – quarterback controversy.

Let’s be clear, there certainly isn’t any sort of controversy at this point, but the Bucs opened themselves up to that possibility when they drafted Mike Glennon. He wasn’t ranked at the top of this year’s crop of QBs, but he’s consistently referred to as a guy who’s more than capable of being successful in the NFL. While some might view the selection of Glennon as completely unnecessary, I like the move, despite the potential for a controversy.

At this point, there’s not even a competition, it’s clearly Josh Freeman‘s team. However, this could very well be his last season in Tampa, if he doesn’t put this team in or near the playoffs. It’s pretty simple – Freeman performs, he gets a long-term deal to stay. There’s not a lot of gray area here, Glennon will remain the backup as long as Freeman is putting Ws on the board.

The one phrase that Bucs’ fans don’t want to hear in 2013, is indeed ‘quarterback controversy.’ Best case scenario for them, Freeman silences his critics on his way to the playoffs. It would simply mean that everything went to plan for Tampa, and there was no need to even consider Glennon. Fans should want to exclusively see the rookie in mop up time this season.

Freeman is plan-A for the Buccaneers, and Glennon is merely the insurance policy the team hopes it never has to use.


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