There may not be a more backhanded compliment than to call a quarterback a “game manager.” But that’s exactly what General Manager Mark Dominik did on Wednesday in defense of his team’s decision to start Mike Glennon at quarterback.
Jim Corbett of USA Today spoke with Dominik, who told him that the Buccaneers could defeat the Cardinals with Glennon acting as a game manager.
But why move on to a game manager, and away from your franchise quarterback? Here’s what Dominik had to say about Josh Freeman:
The main thing for us was the performance of the team the last nine games was 1-8 and that’s tough. He hasn’t played well. That’s a part of it. If you don’t have a quarterback in this league, you don’t have a shot. We felt like we’d seen enough of what we needed to see.
Dominik is brutally honest here, and essentially is telling USA Today that Josh Freeman already played his way out of a contract extension, and the team cannot possibly get any worse with Glennon under center.
Freeman has not played well over the last nine games, and he’s also not received much help. That will have to change if “game manager” Mike Glennon will be more successful than Freeman. Pass catchers cannot drop passes, and playcalling must improve if the rookie from North Carolina State has any chance of surviving.
Dominik did state in the interview that Josh is the number two quarterback, meaning that he’s still ahead of Dan Orvlosky. That means an injury to Mike Glennon would bring Freeman back into the fold, and that would be borderline catastrophic. Dominik admitted that they’re not going to hold Freeman captive, either, so he did leave the door open to a trade.
Do you agree with Dominik, and believe the Buccaneers can win with Glennon as a game manager? Let us know in the comment section below.