While the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Mike Evans with the seventh overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, and passing on Johnny Manziel in the process, Bucs head coach Lovie Smith might have dropped the biggest bombshell of the evening:
Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times has the details:
Lovie: "You know how much I like Josh McCown as our starter. But I love Mike Glennon. Mike Glennon is our quarterback of the future here."
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) May 9, 2014
This is a stunning revelation. The Bucs were heavily rumoured to draft a quarterback in the draft and it seems as though that can be put to rest based on this statement.
The talk leading up to the draft centered on the Bucs trying to trade Glennon away for a draft pick but if Mike Glennon is the future, then the Bucs don’t need to address the quarterback position over the next two days.
It also makes us wonder why the Bucs signed McCown over the off-season, especially if they are now going to leave Glennon on the bench after playing in 13 games last season and tossing 19 touchdowns.
While Glennon can certainly learn from McCown, it doesn’t appear as though that will be quite as beneficial if he’s sitting on the bench when his head coach has called him their future quarterback. Glennon still has plenty to learn but he made strides last season as he played more games, but now he may get relegated to a backup role for the time being.
It’s a tough spot for Glennon. He seemingly knows he has a future in Tampa Bay, but after playing 13 games last season to presumably sitting on the bench in 2014 behind a career backup, at least for the beginning of the year, it seems like an unusual method to endorse the Bucs’ so-called franchise quarterback.
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