Josh Freeman has been benched, the Buccaneers are 0-3 and Greg Schiano is still the head coach.
Things aren’t exactly looking bright in Tampa. So how should the Buccaneers play out their remaining 13 games?
One option for the Buccaneers is to continue as they are, albeit with a different quarterback at the helm. The Bucs very well could be 2-1 if it weren’t for some poor mishaps, but they’re instead 0-3. To be fair, if the Bucs are 2-1, Freeman is still the starting quarterback and the season is going as planned.
But with Glennon now a “game manager,” what are the chances the Bucs end up with a decent record come December? Is another 7-9 considered good? I think right now it would have to be. But I don’t see it happening at all. Too many mistakes, injuries and a rookie quarterback doesn’t usually make for a lot of wins.
You could argue that the Buccaneers should tank so that they are able to get a high draft choice and take that franchise quarterback in the draft. I’m not an advocate of a team tanking and I don’t see the Bucs doing it here. They’re likely going to be bad as it is, so what’s the point in losing on purpose?
There’s far too much talent on this team to encourage tanking so don’t expect it. But that being said, this team is so talented that they need to start winning soon and to do that they need that franchise quarterback.
It makes for a difficult period for Bucs’ fans. In all likelihood, the Buccaneers aren’t going to win many games this year which stings the most, especially with the high expectations they had coming into the season.
That in turn will set them up nicely going into the draft to take the quarterback they need. If the Bucs do end up with a decent record, then that either means Glennon is the guy, or if he still isn’t, the Bucs can move up using draft picks and player personnel.
The Buccaneers aren’t going to win many games this year, whether that’s because of Glennon or not. They shouldn’t change their approach to the season because there is far too much talent on the roster to justify tanking or anything similar.
The Bucs just need to play football and see where it takes them this season and then into the off-season.