With the recent addition of free agent quarterback Josh McCown to the team, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon will likely be traded before the start of the 2014 season, according to Chris Wesseling of the NFL Network. The Buccaneers have a new head coach in former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith, and he immediately inserted ex-Bear McCown as the starting quarterback for the Bucs before training camp has even started.
While that may not mean that the job will remain McCown’s by the end of the preseason, it does show that it’s his job to lose. The only way McCown messes up is if he fails to play at the high level that he did in 2013, McCown will obviously be put on the bench in favor of another quarterback on the roster. But that quarterback likely won’t be Glennon, as the Bucs are rumored to be using their No.7 pick in the 1st round on selecting a rookie quarterback such as Johnny Manziel or Blake Bortles if either of them are still there when it comes time for the Bucs to draft at that spot.
Even if they don’t get either of them, they’re still likely to draft a quarterback at some spot in the draft. McCown completed 66.5 percent of his passes in 2013 with a passing rating of 109. However, he’s about to turn 35-years-old in July, and the Bucs obviously don’t see him as a long term solution to their quarterback situation, even though he’s coming off a sensational season in 2013.
The Bucs will hedge their bets with McCown by drafting a young quarterback, and they’ll have him sit behind McCown for as long as McCown is playing at a super high level. Lovie Smith isn’t going to bench McCown if he puts up the kind of numbers that McCown did last season that’s for sure. The Bears current head coach Marc Trestman benched Smith when Jay Cutler returned to the lineup after coming back from an injury, and it cost the Bears with Cutler not playing as well as McCown, and the Bears losing their last two games of the season. Smith isn’t stupid, and he’s not going to bench McCown for playing like a super star the way that Trestman foolishly did.