Originally written on The Bay Cave  |  Last updated 10/20/14
Seems like people are still piling on the idea of Josh Freeman losing the starting role this season to rookie quarterback Mike Glennon. According to Gil Alcaraz IV of RantSports.com, Glennon will eventually replace Freeman this season. While it’s still a mystery as to when it’ll happen, rookie Mike Glennon will be the starting quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at some point this season. Why, you ask? Well because Josh Freeman is the current starter, and he will slip up at some point this upcoming season. When that time comes, Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano won’t hesitate to bench the 2009 first-round pick who has yet to live up to his billing. It’s fair to say that Freeman is replaceable. However, replacing him with someone that was drafted to act as a backup plan and someone that is of no competition makes no sense to do so in 2013. Now that’s not to say the change can not come down the road, but the Glennon pick was not to immediately replace Freeman this year. The Buccaneers will mold the rookie quarterback out of NC State to fit their system. If Freeman is not re-signed after this season then the Bucs have a quarterback in Glennon who learned the offense for an entire year and be ready for next. If Freeman excels and is extended, then they will still have insurance behind him. It’s a win-win either way. So while the article on Rant Sports notes Freeman’s inaccuracies as the main reason for Glennon to be the starter sometime this season, the article itself contains a couple of its own that it uses to back up it’s theory for Glennon to start. For example, Alcaraz writes Freeman took too many ‘unnecessary’ sacks last season. That may be true, but he was sacked third fewest in the entire league behind an offensive line full of injuries and players being shuffled. He also writes that Freeman fumbled 10 times. Also true. But out of those 10 fumbles he only lost two. That ranks him better than Tony Romo, Aaron Rodgers, and “big money” Joe Flacco, to name a few. He adds by saying that both issues of the sacks and the fumbles are “not the type of numbers you want” in a former first-rounder. Those numbers are not a good foundation to validate a point to replacing a starting quarterback — especially when Glennon’s problem in college was fumbling the football. This isn’t an attempt to bury the Rant Sports columnist. This isn’t even an attempt to not get people to read the article. In fact, I encourage all to go check it out. The problem is that everyone is continuing to find ways to replace Freeman and have nothing — whether it’s stats or information — to truly validate their claims. As stated previously, the Bucs are in great position whether Josh Freeman fails or excels. But for 2013, they will ride Freeman through the end of the season as the starting quarterback. The post Glennon will replace Freeman this season appeared first on The Bay Cave.
  • One of the smartest moves Mark Dominik made was drafting Glennon.
    He has a big tall strong quarterback as a backup who will learn their system. If he pushes Freeman early the season could start on fire for them.
    If Freeman play bad they will resign him on the cheap.
    Either way it plays out they are in a win-win situation.
  • I don't personally understand why people are down on Freeman so much. The man threw for a franchise record number of touchdowns and (I believe) completions and he did this despite playing most of the season behind a patchwork offensive line. Did the bucs lose 5 of 6 to close the season? Yes they did. Was Freeman SOLELY responsible for those losses? No he was not. In those losses he threw for a 52.2 completion percentage and only had 2 games where he threw for more INT's than TD's. If one wants to place blame for offensive woes place it on the lack of quality depth on the O-Line not at Freeman's feet.

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