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Lovie Smith calls Mike Glennon Bucs’ QB of the future

Mike Glennon BucsWhen the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed Josh McCown over the offseason, new head coach Lovie Smith said immediately that McCown was the team’s starting quarterback. That came as a surprise to many people because Mike Glennon played fairly well for the Bucs as a rookie last season. But despite bringing in McCown and planning to role with the veteran backup as his starter this season, Smith is now calling Glennon the team’s quarterback of the future.

Lovie made his remarks Thursday night when discussing the team’s decision to pass on Johnny Manziel — and any other quarterback in the first round — for receiver Mike Evans.

“Just talking about our quarterback position, our quarterback position is as strong as any quarterback position I’ve had when I’ve been a head coach,” said Smith, whose Bears teams were mostly led by the likes of Rex Grossman and Kyle Orton. “You know how much I like Josh McCown as our starter. I love Mike Glennon. Mike Glennon is our quarterback of the future here. So why would you want to add a third quarterback to the mix? We needed other positions. Forget just the quarterback position, we thought this was the best available player for us. It was an easy decision for us.”

Well that certainly is interesting. If Smith really believed in Glennon as the team’s quarterback of the future, would he really bring in McCown and name him the starter? His words don’t really match his actions on this one, though the team’s draft strategy seemed to. The Bucs didn’t take a quarterback, but they took offensive players with all six picks, including a wide receiver and tight end in the first two rounds. They must believe they have a quarterback already, because they’re obviously trying to give them playmakers.

Josh Freeman reportedly benched for rookie Mike Glennon

Josh-Freeman-BucsTampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano has reportedly decided to bench quarterback Josh Freeman in favor of rookie Mike Glennon. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Glennon is expected to start against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

The Bucs are off to an 0-3 start, and many of their struggles center around the poor play of Freeman. Through three games, Freeman has thrown just two touchdowns and three interceptions. He has an abysmal passer rating of 59.3, but Schiano had endorsed him as the starter as recently as Monday.

“Josh is our starter,” Schiano said, via ESPN.com. “That’s where we are. He’s done some good things and he’s done some things that we’d like to change and he’d like to change. But it’s the whole offensive unit. We need to be more precise. We need to be coached more precisely.”

Things change quickly in the NFL. Schiano was not with the team when Freeman was drafted. A recent report indicated that Schiano’s relationship with Freeman was “beyond repair” after the head coach sold his quarterback out over a missed team photo. Schiano drafted Glennon, a former North Carolina State star, in the third round of April’s draft. It was only a matter of time before he handed him the reigns.

Tampa Bay has a bye week after facing a Cardinals team that ranks 26th in the NFL against the pass, so Schiano probably felt that now was as good a time as any to make the switch. Look for the team to attempt to trade Freeman now ahead of the deadline, though his value has officially hit rock bottom.