By Cody Strahm @CodyJStrahm on July 28, 2014
Signs are pointing to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers enlisting veteran quarterback Josh McCown into the starting lineup in 2014, relegating Mike Glennon, who impressed as a rookie, into a backup role. Here are five reasons why that would be a mistake.
Mike Glennon was a rookie in 2013, but he rarely looked like one. Although he left something to be desired from a production standpoint, the situation, whether it was playing with a lead, playing from behind or playing in front of a national audience, was never too big for him. Composure is such a vital quality for quarterbacks in the NFL. Glennon appears to have an ample supply of it.
With the arm strength to make every throw an NFL quarterback is required to, in addition to possessing impressive size and mechanics, Glennon's ceiling isn't as limited as some make it out to be. The potential is there, with continued development, for Glennon to emerge as one of the NFL's better passers.
The motivation for plugging Josh McCown into the starting lineup as opposed to Glennon is undoubtedly the security that would come with his 11 years of experience. The Buccaneers have talent on defense, so employing a ball-control, mistake-free offensive attack is the aim. Although McCown is a capable triggerman for the system, Glennon proved he was too in 2013. With a mere nine interceptions, he showed he's at least an effective game-manager.
Josh McCown did an admirable job of filling in for an injured Jay Cutler last fall in Chicago, throwing 13 touchdowns to only one interception in five starts. But banking on similar efficiency would be a huge gamble by the Buccaneers. Judging by his track record, McCown's performance was likely an aberration. In fact, he threw more touchdown passes than interceptions for only the second time of his career.
For as good as McCown was last season with the Bears, he's never, barring unprecedented late-blooming success, going to become a franchise quarterback. He's 35 years old and was a career backup and journeyman prior to signing with Tampa Bay. Glennon, on the other hand, still has a chance. At only 24 years old and fresh off of a rookie campaign that, again, was impressive, Glennon should continue to be invested in.
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