Only days after telling the media during a press conference that Josh Freeman was his starting quarterback, Greg Schiano and his Tampa Bay Buccaneers have reportedly benched their starting QB in favor of rookie Mike Glennon, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Bucs have made the move: Benching Josh Freeman for Mike Glennon, per league source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 25, 2013
Greg Schiano clearly had no patience left for his fifth-year Kansas State signal caller, sending him to the bench after just three weeks. And while Freeman certainly did not impress statistically during his first three games, he’s not been put in the best positions to succeed either.
But at this point, that doesn’t matter. The team has decided that Mike Glennon gives them the best chance to win, so that’s the direction they will go. I think that this is a perfectly reasonable move for a team that’s convinced it cannot make the playoffs, because Freeman is not worthy of a contract extension, so they might as well see what Glennon has to offer.
For Schiano, however, this move better result in wins, or his days as head coach will be numbered. Schiano can’t afford a miserable season, nor can GM Mark Dominik. So while it might make sense for the organization to see what they have in Glennon, this move will likely end the Tampa Bay career of Dominik and Schiano if Glennon can’t turn the ship around in a hurry.
We’ll be sure to bring you more thoughts, opinions, and analysis of this move as the week goes on.