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Benching Freeman Was The Right Move At The Right Time

By: Justin Pawlowski -on twitter: @CommishOnline
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If Josh Freeman gave the Buccaneers the best chance to win, then there wasn’t much hope to begin with.

Freeman, who was the Buccaneers starting quarterback for the first 3 weeks of this season, has the Bucs at 0-3 to start this season. Only three teams since 1990 have made the playoffs after starting a season 0-3.

If Freeman was the Bucs best chance at winning, then a switch to Glennon shouldn’t be that bad considering that Freeman has not won this season.

The Glazers made their mind up that Freeman would not receive a hefty new contract at the end of the season.  Why continue to roll with a quarterback who has not won you a game yet and is not part of your future past this season?

Enter Mike Glennon.

There are two ways this can play out.

Scenario 1:

Mike Glennon could show promise, be a good fit in this offense, ignite a spark in the offense, and lead the Bucs to some wins this season.  If Glennon does enough, Schiano can keep his job, Glennon can remain the starting quarterback, and the Bucs can focus on 2014 with a quarterback who has some NFL experience.

Scenario 2:

Mike Glennon plays the way most anticipate him to play.  Glennon makes rookie mistakes and proves that he was not ready to take over as a NFL starting quarterback.  The Bucs would end up winning a max of 2 games and battle the Jacksonville Jaguars for the top pick in April’s NFL draft.  At this point, Bucs GM Mark Dominik and head coach Greg Schiano are both fired.  A new GM and head coach are brought in to draft their quarterback with a top 5 pick in April’s draft.

Although neither scenario shows promise for this year, as a fan, both scenarios should give us hope for the future.

Yes, benching Freeman now was the right move at the right time. The Glazers knew that Josh Freeman was not getting another contract with the team.  Rather than wasting everyone’s time by playing a quarterback who had zero future with the organization, the team made the bold move to see what they have in Glennon before making the ultimate decision on coach/quarterback after the season.

The Bucs are close to being a great team, but until you figure out your head coach and quarterback, you’ll never become great.

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