After thinking about the match up of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Philadelphia Eagles, and with the likely absence of Michael Vick, I couldn’t help but notice how similar quarterbacks Mike Glennon and Nick Foles are. Both of these players are 6-foot-6 and have a very slim look to them, even though Foles is about 20 pounds heavier than Glennon. During Foles’ senior season at Arizona, he threw the ball 560 times; the next year, Glennon threw the ball 564 times. These quarterbacks seem like the exact same player, except Foles has been in the NFL one year longer.
Last season, while Foles was starting, the Eagles played the Buccaneers in a very heated game. With less than one minute left in the game and the Eagles down by five, Foles would drive the field against a terrible Buccaneers pass defense, which was ranked last in the league. Foles made several of great passes to put the Eagles in scoring position. When time was expiring, Foles would throw a pass on the goal line for a touchdown to defeat the Buccaneers.
This game is pivotal for the Buccaneers season. If Glennon performs well at a satisfactory level for the Buccaneers, he could remain the starting quarterback for the future to come, and even get a little revenge for the Buccaneers after their loss from last year. However, if he doesn’t play well and performs at a Josh Freeman type level, you may see the Buccaneers make a move in the draft to get a quarterback like Taj Boyd, Aaron Murray or maybe even Teddy Bridgewater.
Even with the possibility that Foles doesn’t start, this will still be a very interesting game, but something more interesting would be to see how Glennon’s and Foles’ careers both play out.
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