There must be something in the air in Florida.
Dolphins coach Joe Philbin has refused to name Ryan Tannehill his starting quarterback for this week’s game, although Tannehill decided he wasn’t going to play along in the charade on Wednesday. Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith isn’t being quite as circumspect when it comes to his quarterback, but he also isn’t willing to go ahead and say that Mike Glennon will start against the Steelers even though Josh McCown isn’t practicing with an injured thumb and wasn’t playing well enough for it to make much sense for the team to play him at less than 100 percent.
“Which quarterback will we start this week? There’s a good chance it will be Mike Glennon,” Smith said, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. “Josh is improving. I like to stay with my standard way of doing things and not talk about starting lineups for the opponent. But Mike took the reps today. How’s that?”
The lack of certainty about the identity of the starter probably isn’t going to be much of a concern for the Steelers. They have enough to sort out after losing three starters to injury last weekend and there aren’t the kind of major differences between the two choices that make you think the offense will be doing anything markedly different this week.