With Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman entering a contract year and having a third-round rookie behind him, that could make Freeman a little nervous.
Despite copious sweating (which resulted not from anxiety but intense heat), Freeman told Monday’s Pro Football Talk on NBCSN that the 2009 first-round pick has no qualms about the presence of Mike Glennon.
“No, not really,” Freeman said. “He’s a great guy and no, like I said, Coach called me and kind of broke it down, the situation and why wouldn’t you want to have the best possible player behind you? And I think Mike is a tremendous competitor. I think he’s got a lot of talent, he’s a hard worker and he’s a guy that, I mean, we try to push each other every day and it’s been a great relationship and it’s not a deal where these guys don’t get along. . . . No. The pressure, like I said, it comes from within.”
It’s the right attitude. But it’s also Freeman’s only play. The NFL has become a year-to-year proposition and for this year the Bucs plan to go with Freeman. It’s his job to lose; as long as he doesn’t, he’ll play.
And while every starter in theory should want the best possible backup, life is easier when the backup knows his role and doesn’t aspire to send the starter to the bench. Glennon has the skill, the pedigree, and presumably the ambition to eventually pull it off.
While it may not happen this year, the conflict between Freeman and Glennon is looming like the battle between Walt and Hank. (We won’t comment any further on that point out of respect for those of you who haven’t seen the latest episode.)