New Bucs coach Lovie Smith made it clear the first time he was asked that Josh McCown was his starting quarterback.
But the guy he replaced said he still thinks he has a chance to compete.
Last year’s starter, Mike Glennon, said he appreciates Smith being up-front but isn’t going to back down.
“He 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, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. “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.”
They’re so adorable when they’re young.
McCown was given a $10 million contract for a reason, and it wasn’t to push the third-round pick who posted a 4-9 record playing for a shipwreck of a team.
The 34-year-old McCown is a proven commodity to Smith, and will be able to help him stabilize one position while he brings a new philosophy to Tampa.
Glennon’s not without promise, as he played acceptably well at times last year. But he hasn’t played well enough or long enough to convince many that he should be starting over McCown.