Jul 25, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman (5) drops back as Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (93) rushes during training camp at One Buccaneer Place. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Freeman versus Mike Glennon: The Fake Competition

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Warren Sapp has said it, and it’s now time for the media and fan base to listen, “There’s no competition — give me a break.”

For some reason, media outlets across the country have been talking about Mike Glennon as a possible challenge to Josh Freeman. The fact is, it’s not true. Mike Glennon was drafted by the Buccaneers as two things. First, a backup to Josh Freeman in 2013. Second, a viable option for quarterback moving forward in the event that Freeman is not here in 2014.

The key to all of this is Josh Freeman. If Freeman has success, he’s the Buccaneers’ QB for the extended future. If he doesn’t, he’s gone. It has nothing to do with Mike Glennon, and it’s time for everyone to stop saying it does.

Freeman will get every rep he should, and Glennon will only get those designated for the backup. There is no competition.

The Buccaneers future is in the hands of #5, and the organization is going to do everything they can to give him the best possible chance to succeed. They’ve added pieces to the defense, they’ve locked down Mike Williams, and over the past few years have grabbed multiple Pro Bowlers to help Freeman.

Everyone knows that if Freeman doesn’t develop into the Buccaneers’ franchise QB this season, they will have to move on. Drafting Glennon represented a possible cog in the moving on wheel. They see Glennon as an option if they need to start over at the most important position on the field. And getting a QB this year gives them the option of someone who’s already been with the organization, rather than multiple “outside hire” options.

But Glennon is not the heir apparent. He’s not going to get snaps even if the Buccaneers start out 0-4. He’s part of what might be a QB competition a year from now. If Freeman fails, Dominik (if he’s still around) will likely bring in one or two more options to help identify the next guy.

Everyone’s wagons are hitched to Josh Freeman. But like any well run organization, you have to plan for the future. The plan is, has been, and hopefully will turn out to be many more years of #5. But if it’s not, the Buccaneers have already begun blazing a new path.

 

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