Schiano says he’s “not against” starting Glennon


The Buccaneers might not have viewed drafting quarterback Mike Glennon as a message to incumbent quarterback Josh Freeman.

But the more they talk about it, the more clear it becomes that they don’t mind it being perceived that way.

Via Dan Pompei of the National Football Post, Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano compared his third-round pick to Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, and said he thought Glennon “can play quickly,” if they need him to.

But our situation will be only if he’s needed,” Schiano said. “Or if he wins the job. Look, I’m not against that. We have a starting quarterback. It’s not like we’re looking to find a starter. But competition is competition. Mike Glennon is a fierce competitor. I knew that when he was coming out of high school. Now being able to work with him a little, you can see it on the practice field.”

It’s reasonable to think the Bucs want to have Glennon ready in a hurry, with Freeman in the final year of his rookie contract.

But with every passing report, it’s harder and harder to sell the motion that they have nothing but trust in the former first-rounder, or that they want to hitch themselves to Freeman for the long-term future.

18 responses to “Schiano says he’s “not against” starting Glennon

  1. His mobility is his only real weakness but he should be able to stay in the pocket with the highest paid oline in the league blocking for him.

  2. .

    Schiano seems like the type of coach who will put the best 11 on the field to win that week’s game. Age, experience, draft status, or reputation most likely will be non factors in his decision.


  3. Theres tons of released good NFL QB’s for the simple reason they were inconsistent. And thats Freeman’s bug-a-boo, he’s inconsistent. Throws one TD pass, then throws two ints or fumbles. The Buc’s could also give Freeman some work at ball security, and if they have then its on Freeman. He better have a monster yr coming or Glennon will have his job. Glennon is a smarter QB, thats not to imply that Freemans dumb, but he sometimes is not very smart with the ball. The game is still very fast for Freeman, he’s in a hurry to get the ball out.

  4. As a Bucs fan, I pray Glennon doesn’t start. The two games he played against SEC defenses he threw a combined 7 INTs. That’s as telling a stat as there is if you ask me.

  5. how many teams like the Jets,Browns,Jaguars and etc would love too get Freeman in 2014 for a good price and most importanyly QB Upgrades and save there draft picks for team needs??
    yeah he better have a good year or hes gone

  6. Let me get this out there now:

    You don’t build confidence and cohesiveness with Freeman by talking about replacing him before camp even starts.

    Schiano is slowly showing us all that he doesn’t really doesn’t understand how things work on the Pro level of football.

    This Glennon kid looks like a nice guy, but he’s nowhere in the zip code of Freeman talent wise. Freeman has had two bad coaches in Morris and now Schiano AND…he was put into a new system (again) by Schiano last season. And it’s Freeman’s fault???

    If I were Freeman, I couldn’t wait to get away from that organization.

  7. This is a case of “be careful what you wish for b/c you might just get it”

    Freeman has the tools and has flashed capability on the field. A great coaching staff would be pulling that greatness out of him.

  8. If Freeman continues to struggle why shouldn’t they try Glennon? They have given everything to Freeman for him to be an elite QB, now with his improved defense it might take some pressure off of him.

  9. Freeman just needs to play like 2010. He doesn’t need to win it himself, just make the smart decisions and with the weapons this offense has there is no reason this shouldn’t be a playoff team.

  10. I am so tired of people acting like you need to treat NFL starting Qb’s egos as if they were fragile eggs.

    Bottom line, if Freeman was great or even above average last year, Glennon is somewhere else trying to earn a job.

    But he wasn’t good last year, and as a result of that, he will need to beat out a third round draft pick to keep his job.

    Deal with it.

  11. Freeman has the physical tools to be great. But the biggest issue he’s had even going back to his college days is his head. Mentally he struggles to make decisions.

    He’s great at the two-minute offense because it’s a quick decision. He’s great for the first 2-4 seconds following the snap. After that when the primary routes are covered and he has to sit back there and a make a decision, he starts to panic and acts as if he doesn’t know what to do. The deer in the headlights look starts to show.

    It’s frustrating to watch because you know the physical tools are there.

  12. Clueless.

    If you look at tape of Glennon playing, he is so slow at releasing the ball that he gets hit nearly every time. In college. The NFL game is much faster.

    The media is doing their best to make controversy. Glennon is a backup. Of course Schiano said he’s open to a backup being starter if he earns it. ALL coaches say that.

    Glennon is a 3rd round pick. That’s it. Just like Chris Simms was. Career backup. Nothing more.

    And Freeman is very close to Schiano. They spend a LOT of time together.

    Don’t believe the hype.

  13. “I’m not against starting Glennon, especially if we can find a helmet to fit his long head!”.

  14. If I’m Josh Freeman I’m just sitting back taking all of this in and remembering it for next year’s contract talks.

    All he did last season was play from behind. The defense couldn’t stop a high school team. Josh had to answer almost every team we played score for score because we couldn’t hold a lead. Under that kind of pressure (and with 2 pro-bowl guards out) it’s no wonder he threw some interceptions. Punting the ball over and trusting the defense was practically handing them a TD anyway.

    The people who belong on the hot seat is Schiano and his defense. They need to finish in the top half of the league instead of last or next to last.

  15. Freeman’s time in a Buc uniform is quickly coming to an end if he doesn’t step up his game… The next guy is on deck!

    Why were the Bucs so bad last year and why blame JF? The answer is 1 in the same…. The Bucs spent more money and focus last offseason on the offensive side of the ball to build around JF which blew up in the Bucs face…. The addition of a talented WR and a gifted RB behind a wall of an offensive line, JF still had to many ints and fumbles….

    The best news of all this is that with all the talent now on offense and defense it should make the next QB look that much better so long as he can be consistent and accurate!

    BEST OF LOOK to you MG!

  16. But the Glazers said that Josh Freeman, Legarrette Blount, Aquib Talib, Barrett Ruud and Kellen Winslow are the future of this team. I still have the letter!

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