Now that we’ve had time to bask in the euphoria of Tampa Bay’s stunning victory over the Steelers in Pittsburgh, it’s time to address what is arguably the biggest decision facing Lovie Smith.
Has Mike Glennon wrestled the starting job away from the injured Josh McCown?
Obviously, Glennon will continue to play as long as McCown’s thumb is still bothersome. But what happens when McCown is healthy? Smith has said McCown is his quarterback. But, what Glennon did in the second half against Pittsburgh may have created some doubt in his mind, and it definitely did among us, the fans.
Don’t get me wrong. This is not about comparing Glennon to the best QB’s in the league. Not even close. Heck, Glennon only completed exactly 50% (21-of-42) of his passes. And the Bucs are still ranked 30th overall in total offense (dead last in passing yards.) This is about whether he’s better than McCown. From what we’ve seen through the first quarter of the season, I think the answer is yes.
Glennon threw a great ball to Mike Evans in the corner of the end zone to open the scoring. After a rough first half offensively, Glennon led the Bucs on an 80-yard drive to open the second half. Then there was the drama of the final drive, where Glennon hit Louis Murphy on a 41-yard catch-and-run that set up the game-winning scoring pass to Vincent Jackson. He did throw an interception on the play on which Evans got hurt (hopefully he’s not out for too long.)
You know that awful cliché that coaches always use: the one about going with the guy that gives the team the best chance to win. From what we’ve seen so far, Mike Glennon needs to be the starter in the Superdome next Sunday.
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