While some question the Bucs future at quarterback, there are others who feel the Bucs backup quarterback position is in as good a situation as most teams around the NFL.
In a story posted on NFL.com, Mike Glennon was ranked as the 3rd best backup quarterback heading into the 2014 season.
Glennon’s struggles down the stretch obscured his Offensive Rookie of the Month award for November. He became the first rookie in NFL history to throw at least one touchdown pass in his first eight games.
Glennon was listed behind both Michael Vick (NYJ) and Blake Bortles (JAX), but ahead of Teddy Bridgewater (MIN), Kirk Cousins (WAS), and Ryan Mallett (NE).
Looking at Glennon’s statistics (19 TDs: 9 INTs) and realizing the situation he was in on a very bad team with little talent on offense, one would think Glennon deserves more of a shot at the starting job again in 2014.
In the Bucs 1st preseason game, Glennon outplayed McCown, however, McCown struggled against the Jaguars starting defense behind a Bucs offensive line that had no hope, while Glennon shined mostly in the 3rd quarter against the Jaguars 3rd string defense.
In 2013 as a rookie, Glennon put up nice statistics, but failed to make clutch throws when the Bucs needed them most.
3rd and 5 often led to a punt. As a matter of fact, the amount of 3 and outs were alarming.
4th quarter comebacks immediately faded away with passes in the dirt.
If the rush got anywhere near the immobile Glennon he would fall to the ground.
With that being said, Glennon is now the backup to a lifelong backup, who would probably be pretty high on NFL.com’s list if he would have renewed that role again in 2014.
While it’s fun to get excited because your team has the 3rd ranked backup quarterback in the NFL, the unfortunate reality is that backup quarterbacks might be all the Bucs have for the 2014 season, and that’s not enough to win.