Report: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Bench Josh Freeman, Will Start Mike Glennon at Quarterback

Aug 29, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon (8) throws the ball during the first half against the Washington Redskins at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

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.

 

Wow.

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.

Topics: Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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  • Centrale

    What a disappointing season already, especially after all the progress the team seemed to be making in the middle of last year. Maybe I’m getting a bit cynical about the Bucs, but at this point I’m open to a new coach and GM. The fans deserve a lot better than what this organization is doing, both on field and off.

  • Shark64

    There is no way Schiano is stupid enough (which is a giant leap of faith on my part) to be making this decision solely based on play. If we have the same play calling and receiver play in the future as we did in the first 3 weeks, there is no chance for this team to win with Glennon at quarterback. Schiano has to know this. So that leads me to believe that the benching has more to do with Freeman’s attitude than bettering the teams chances of winning. I still don’t buy Freeman’s execuse for missing the teams picture due to oversleeping. It appears, at least mentally, that he is already left the team and just doesn’t care anymore. That’s a shame because I believe he will be a quality quarterback in this league ( he certainly has shown signs he can be, albeit not consistently). He will go to a team that will utilize his strengths and get the most out of him.

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  • stuttsw

    The way Freeman was sweating before the Jets game and him missing meeting I thought he might have a alcohol problem.

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