I don’t like to pay attention to just every report that comes along, and I’m certainly not the founder of the Mike Glennon fan club, but there are some opinions that are so farfetched that they need to be seen to be believed.
Such is the opinion of Michael Schotty, the Bleacher Report’s NFL National Lead Writer, who says Glennon “stands no chance” of being the 2nd-year quarterback that makes the biggest leap in 2014. And while Glennon still has plenty to prove in my eyes, the idea of writing him off completely is ludicrous.
Schotty tried to prove his point by saying the following:
“…you can disagree with me about Glennon’s rookie season and still be wise to the fact that he’s probably not in for a boost this offseason. He’ll be getting backup reps (albeit probably boosted ones, since Josh McCown isn’t a long-term solution either), so he’s not getting the full-time method of improvement that he needs.”
I searched the term “full-time method of improvement” on Google, and got nothing but results for studies on mice and kangaroos; nothing about quarterback development.
In reality, there is no sure-fire way to develop quarterbacks. Each player is different, and will learn differently. Lovie Smith and Jeff Tedford have likely reviewed the tape of Mike Glennon and decided that he will be best served on the bench until he becomes the quarterback that can lead this team into the future.
If he never becomes that guy, then that’s fine. But if you’re trying to tell me that he “doesn’t stand a chance” on taking a huge leap forward this year, then you’re wrong.
Josh McCown has years upon years of terrible game tape, and five games worth of great quarterback play. To suggest that McCown’s short-term starting job will prevent Smith from pulling him for Glennon if Mike outperforms him in practice, thus holding the franchise back, is insane.
Pair that with the fact that this kid threw for 19 touchdowns and nine interceptions in his rookie year with a terrible coaching staff and multiple injuries to key offensive players, and the idea of writing Glennon off doesn’t seem too smart…even if you aren’t the biggest fan of his mechanics and footwork.