Glennon doesn’t plan to take a “back seat” with the Bucs


There are two kinds of backup quarterbacks.  Those who accept their position and conduct themselves accordingly, and those who refuse to adopt the mindset of a second-string player.

Put Buccaneers rookie Mike Glennon in the latter category.

“I just want to be a good teammate,” Glennon recently told SiriusXM NFL Radio, via  “I’m going to be a good teammate to all the guys, to the quarterbacks, to the line, to everybody.  And earn the respect that way and kinda take everything in and listen to what they have to say.  But at the same time, I don’t know if taking a backseat would be the right term because I’m a competitor and I’m going to do whatever I can to compete.  So at the same time, though, I understand I’m a rookie and it’s a process, and I’m just going to worry about getting better each and every day and let things play out that way.”

While it can be helpful to the starter if the backup adds a “competitive spirit” to the quarterback room (Colts quarterback Matthew Hasselbeck explained that mindset last month on Pro Football Talk), the circumstances ultimately can prevent the starter from having the kind of confidence he needs to play the position without looking over his shoulder.

In Tampa, starter Josh Freeman has reason to look over his shoulder.  Recently, G.M. Mark Dominik said that Glennon could get more reps than any other quarterback on the depth chart during the preseason.  With second-year coach Greg Schiano still not sold on the fifth-year first-round pick, developing Glennon becomes a major priority for the Bucs.

Even if he never starts in 2013, he could be the starter by 2014.  In that sense, he’s far from being the usual backup quarterback.

43 responses to “Glennon doesn’t plan to take a “back seat” with the Bucs

  1. And we have a QB controversy in Tampa folks! As a fan I love the idea of having a starting QB at his salary for the next 4 years. If they give Freeman Flacco money it will be the end of the Bucs positive cap situation for the next decade.

  2. Shouldn’t they be worried about stopping someone from scoring and passing all over them. Couple of Great moves made in the off-season, but that pass defense was beyond horrible.

  3. gotampabay52 says:
    May 17, 2013 1:27 PM
    Go play ball may the best man be the QB

    Mark Sanchez is under contract with The New York Jets.

  4. I don’t think this guy has what it takes–JMO. I am all for lighting a fire under Freeman’s ass and he needs to show improvements this year and get the team to the playoffs, if not deep in the playoffs or its curtains. That being said, this guy isn’t going to be the answer folks. I’m sorry everyone thinks that it could be R. Wilson or T. Brady waiting in the wings but it just isn’t. Those are crap shoots, as is drafting and signing undrafted players is to begin with. Every now and then, a team gets lucky.
    I think people should calm down with their expectations with this guy…you know the saying. You can’t be disappointed if you don’t have any expectations.

  5. Glennon is terrible, but new coaches want their own quarterbacks. Some other team should see if they can get Freeman on the cheap. Just give him a half-decent offensive coach and he’ll be a star. He’s shown more than enough flashes.

  6. Just two kinds of backups? Are there players who accept their position and conduct themselves accordingly while also refusing to adopt the mindset of a second-string player?

  7. This is a no brainer – Schiano drafted Glennon to replace Freeman, and he will by Game 6. That said, I am not at all sure the results will be any better.

  8. Live off a $500K or live off $50M? Screw being the good soldier. I’m trying to become the starter.

  9. My view on this is if after 4 seasons {thats 55+ games on film} JF has not played good enough to earn the respect and confidence of his coaches and GM then they are justified in their pursuit to replace him.

    I am of the belief that NO OTHER Team would have allowed JF to last this long being so inconsistent.


  10. pathsovglory says: May 17, 2013 1:22 PM

    Good insurance to have and good incentive for Freeman to take that next step to make the Bucs a contender.

    Ball’s in Freemans court now.


    Problem seems to be the ball has been in Freeman’s court for 4 years and he doesn’t always seem to know what to do with it.

  11. Glennon is the next Brady, but even better. #bucsnation

    Really Dude ???? Even Better huh ? I’m not a Brady fan, but that seems a bit premature sir! But good luck with that! HA

  12. franbotel says:
    May 17, 2013 1:37 PM
    Maybe he gets lucky again and freeman gets pushed out for him just like Russell Wilson was at North Carolina Stat


    Glennon didn’t push Wilson out, Wilson wanted to try baseball and went to spring training with the Rockies. NC State granted Wilson’s request to be released from his scholarship. Wilson then committed to Wisc after his baseball adventure failed.

  13. As it has been said before, Glennon could very well end up at the top of the depth chart by the end of preseason. He reminds me of a taller Eli Manning with the same arm strength and accuracy as Peyton Manning. He is a pure pocket passer with great vision. Once he gets used to the speed and complexity of the NFL playbook, he’s going to be a very good Quarterback. At the beginning of the year I had Nassib, Manuel and Barkley at the top of my Draft wish list, but as the year went on, after watching video after video of these now rookie Quarterbacks, my mind was altered, changing my list to Manuel, Nassib and Glennon. I would have been happy with my team drafting any one of those three QB’s. All three look promising to become full-time starting Quarterbacks. Manuel should have Buffalo’s starting position locked down by preseason’s end. Nassib landed in one of the worse spots possible. Yes, he will learn a bunch studying Eli Manning, but wouldn’t see the field for a long time. Glennon was put in one of the better spots in the league. With a good possibility to unseat Freeman, and a Offense loaded with talent, he should be golden.

  14. Bucs offense set some franchise records (season) last year. The defense is what cost them some games (at least 4).

    Freeman is 3rd on the Bucs all time passing yards (only 6yds behind Dilfer) and ahead of Brad Johnson, Doug Williams, and Steve Deberg. He is #1 in TDs, plus he has been sacked far fewer than the Bucs top QBs (I know that’s an oxymoron). If he manages to limit his INTs this year (with both of his pro bowl guards back from season ending injuries) I expect a great year.

    I like that Freeman is getting a little push, but more importantly we have potentially a solid backup. Backups are always one snap away from being the starter.

  15. “Problem seems to be the ball has been in Freeman’s court for 4 years and he doesn’t always seem to know what to do with it.”

    then it’s 2 minutes left in the 4th on the 10, 6 to win it.

  16. Freeman sucks when he gets pressure up the middle. Last year, both Davin Joseph and Carl Nicks went on IR. If they stay healthy, Freeman doesn’t do his “guy in my face, oh @#$!!” and make panic throws.

    Freeman is an exceptionally good QB when he can stand up, look around, and throw the ball. If the offensive line avoids injuries, he’ll have the time to do that, and he’s going to be very rich next year. If Joseph and Nicks go down again, he’s going to be awful and, if Glennon goes in, he’s going to be worse.

  17. Believe it or not Freeman has Eli tendencies I.E. a lot interceptions. Not matter the accolades Eli can be an interception machine. Freeman never had the complete squads like Eli has played with in NY.

  18. I swear to god logicalBuccaneersVoice.. Don’t be posting stupid things here and making bucs fans look bad. All bucs fans dont even like any of his comments, he is just going to talk stupid. You are not a part of Bucnation beucase I know you’re just posting things to piss people off. How about you write some intelligent football comments, like ” Glennon has the potential to be a solid QB in the future if he works on his accuracy and his overall craft”

  19. If Schiano starts Glennon, he’s just saying he’ll run the ball a whole lot. Glennon is not the answer at QB. He’s slow and holds the ball too long, with a tendency to throw into coverage.

    At a time when QB mobility is a valued asset, Glennon represents a dying breed of pocket statues.The modern game is just not built that way anymore. We’re talking record sacks.

  20. They praised josh his first year as having what it takes to be an elite quarterback.He seems to have lost his confidence, they cover his mistakes by saying he tried too hard, I think he just made some bad plays when they were needed. Doug Martin took a lot of pressure off Freemen last year, that’s the only reason besides a much improved receiving corps that freeman didn’t fall flat on his face, even at that he looked terrible at times. I wish him luck, but without his infidence he’s outta here

  21. It’ll all be sorted out on the field. Words aren’t going to matter.

    But, somebody point Glennon to the training table and weigh room. There are supermodels who don’t look as skinny as he does in that picture. His helmet is wider than his shoulders.

  22. Freeman has the makings of an elite QB…and they usually take the first big step in their 5th year…which is where Freeman is now.

    Anti-Freeman people understand nothing. IT is their type that started the old QB curse in Tampa; got rid of Steve Young and other screwups.

  23. I watched Glennon last year at the opening game against Tennessee… I knew nothing about him at the time and thought “This guy throws a lot of floaters and wobblers, maybe it’s this TN defense” and then I watched the TN defense the rest of the season…

    Excited about having Glennon as the backup.

  24. We,re going to have to see if Freeman looks like a dear in the headlights or with that wild eyed fiery player he shows glimpses of.

    Competition will sort things out. Glad the coach isn’t,t standing behind someone just because he was there first. Fact is, wins and losses dictate his job .status as well. People throwing praises at what you’re trying to do, won’t keep a coach’s job. Wins and losses speak the loudest and tip the scales for or against. Competition is about ability and chemistry, the main ingredient for success. I don’t care who starts as long as they win and bring the Buccaneers to the top of the division where they belong.
    And as far as mobility goes, it’s the fad today, but I remember a rock anchored behind center with a quick release, you may have heard of him, Dan Marino, he was’t so bad for a rock. Go Bucs !!!

  25. canadianbucsfan says: May 17, 2013 4:59 PM

    I swear to god logicalBuccaneersVoice.. Don’t be posting stupid things here and making bucs fans look bad. All bucs fans dont even like any of his comments, he is just going to talk stupid. You are not a part of Bucnation beucase I know you’re just posting things to piss people off. How about you write some intelligent football comments, like ” Glennon has the potential to be a solid QB in the future if he works on his accuracy and his overall craft”
    Now you have an idea of what being a Redskins fan has been like for the past year.

    On the other hand, you can take it as a compliment: a “voice” isn’t going to show up unless your team is hot and/or poised for a big year. The original logic voice appeared when Griffin impressed in training camp, then disappeared as soon as Griffin got hurt, and was gone for a good two months– until it became clear that Griffin’s surgery had gone well.

    Basically having a “voice says” trolling your articles is a major pain in the a, but Bucs fans should be excited for a big season.

  26. I don’t know where all these Mike Glennon fans in Tampa Bay came from. They certainly weren’t around before the draft. Now all of a sudden he’s “the guy” and is replacing a 4 year starter. A starter who by the way set club records last year for total passing yards and passing TD’s.

    Didn’t anyone here in Tampa watch the Senior Bowl? I know all the new Mike Glennon fans must not have.

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