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Mike Glennon Still Wants to Start at Quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Don’t assume Mike Glennon is ok backing up Josh McCown.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback made that perfectly clear Tuesday as he addressed the media.

“I understand the NFL is a business and at different times you may have to take different roles,” Glennon said according to Tampa Bay Times reporter Rick Stroud. “But at the same time, that’s not going to stop me from competing. I’m going to do whatever it takes to help this team win and that’s the mindset so far.”

Glennon started 13 games for the Bucs last season after Josh Freeman was benched and eventually cut. He set a Bucs franchise record for rookie touchdown passes with 19 and threw just nine interceptions while throwing for 2,608 yards. He competed 59.4 per cent of his passes. While Glennon played seemingly well, new head coach Lovie Smith signed McCown and instilled him as the immediate starter.

“[Smith] just said, ‘to start out, there’s got to be a person to start that goes out with the first group first and that person is Josh,” Glennon said. “Lovie said to me and to the team yesterday the best players are going to play and I don’t think that’s any different for the quarterback position.”

Glennon is obviously saying the right things, but at the same time, a second year player who enjoyed a successful rookie campaign would be eager to go into their second year as the starter.

By already naming McCown the starter despite the fact the Bucs haven’t even gone into camp is likely going to make Glennon even more determined to impress Smith, but also new offensive coordinator, Jeff Tedford.

In March however, Bucs GM Jason Licht said that the “keys haven’t been completely handed over to anyone yet,” giving Glennon a glimmer of hope that he can still be the starting quarterback in 2014.

While Smith has declared McCown his starter for now, he isn’t naïve either, and if he feels that Glennon gives the Bucs the best chance to win, then it will be Glennon under center in week 1.

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