With the minutes dripping away in the fourth quarter of their loss to the Patriots, Buccaneers rookie quarterback Mike Glennon took a couple of steps onto the field in what some thought was a sign that the Bucs were going to pull Josh Freeman.
The timing seemed right, what with the Patriots up 23-3 and Freeman struggling once again, but Glennon did not continue further onto the turf and Freeman completed the process of guiding the team to their third loss in as many tries. After the game, Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano said he never considered making a quarterback change and explained when he would consider making one.
“Whenever that’s your best chance to win,” Schiano said, via Gary Shelton of the Tampa Bay Times.
The Bucs’ losses have had plenty of fathers, but there’s no escaping the fact that Freeman has failed to complete half his passes in any of the three games this season and that he’s now thrown more interceptions than touchdowns. It may be a relatively small sample size, but the sample isn’t looking too good for the present or any hopes Freeman might have of a long future in Tampa.
If things continue that way, the Bucs are likely to reach a point where they’ll make a change regardless of what Glennon does for their chances of winning in the short term.