Just before the draft, Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith called Mike Glennon the team’s quarterback of the future.
Seeing as how the Bucs signed Josh McCown and immediately installed him as the team’s starter in 2014, it was easy to shrug off Smith’s words as a bit of pre-draft strategizing to cloud potential interest in a quarterback. The Bucs chose no quarterback, however, and reports that they turned down trade offers for Glennon suggest Smith wasn’t just trying to disguise the team’s intentions.
McCown thinks the Buccaneers made a wise choice. He said Tuesday that Glennon “has everything out in front of him” and said he hopes to help groom the younger quarterback for big things down the road.
“I just like his skill set,” McCown said, via ESPN.com. “He throws the ball well. His arm strength is obviously well above average. He can really spin it. He’s a hard worker. He loves football and you have to have that at that position and he’s intelligent. It’s just a matter of time for him.”
McCown signed a two-year contract with Tampa, so Glennon should get a chance to show that Smith was right about him being the quarterback of the future. If McCown’s right, holding onto Glennon will make one of the new regime’s first decisions look like a wise one.