It is becoming more and more clear that Bucs management has high hopes for backup quarterback Mike Glennon, and on Tuesday two of Glennon's teammates, quarterback Josh McCown and center Evan Dietrich-Smith, threw their support Glennon's way.
The love for Bucs quarterback Mike Glennon continued to grow on Tuesday as head coach Lovie Smith, starting quarterback Josh McCown, and even the man who hands Glennon the ball between his legs, center Evan Dietrich-Smith, all praised Tampa Bay’s second-string signal caller.
McCown met with the local media on Tuesday following an off-season conditioning workout and talked about the quarterback situation with the Buccaneers, and in particular, Mike Glennon.
“I’m excited about the chance to have an opportunity to start for this team and help this team win and also have the opportunity to work with Mike Glennon and Mike Kafka and now Brett [Smith],” McCown said. “So it’s a great quarterback room. My hope is that Mike Glennon one day is a Hall of Famer. I’d take great pride in saying, ‘You had a small part of that, man.’ And so he has everything out in front of him. So just to help make him better, whenever that time is. He pushes me, and I’m just trying to bring him along and make him better. I think that’s good for the Bucs. That’s good for our team.
“Whenever you have two guys pushing and working with each other, both parties just wanting the best for the team. That’s when you can capture something special. That’s the hope for Mike and I, and I think he’s got a real, real bright future. He’s super talented. He’s a hard-worker, he’s really sharp. He’s going to have a great career.”
Many in the media, PewterReport.com included, felt like Glennon’s days were numbered. Multiple reports prior to the draft had Glennon on the trading block, and with the Buccaneers having private visits and workouts with six quarterbacks prior to last weekend’s draft, it seemed that the Buccaneers had decided to find an upgrade at that position. But after the draft was over, and the top-tier quarterbacks were drafted elsewhere, head coach Lovie Smith told the media that Glennon was the Bucs quarterback of the future. On Tuesday morning during a radio interview, Smith reiterated the message.
“I made it clear right away that Josh McCown is our starter, which he is,” Smith said. “And hopefully for quite a few years he will be. And I said I really like Mike Glennon. Mike’s a young player coming up. In an ideal situation you don’t want young players to have to come in and start right away, you want them to be around an established veteran.
"This is the best situation for Mike Glennon to be in. He is our quarterback of the future. He will play for us some day and he’ll play good football. But there’s a progression you have to go through.”
Another fan of Glennon inside the building is Bucs starting center Dietrich-Smith who agreed with Smith that having McCown mentoring Glennon is best for the second-year quarterback from North Carolina State.
“I think Mike is a great player,” Dietrich-Smith said on Tuesday. “He has got his head around it and I think he is definitely gaining from having Josh [McCown] in front of him. Josh is a really good player too. It is kind of crazy to me that the guy has been in the league this long and hasn’t been able to get a chance. I think Mike will definitely learn from Josh to be a pro. And I think Mike probably didn’t have that last year, someone to look to as far as really be successful in this league. And I think Josh is really going to be able to show him that. And any other quarterback who gets to sit in that room with him.
"At the end of the day, as a young player and if you don’t have someone in front of you teaching you how to be a professional, or how this game is played, or what you need to be seeing as a player, it is really hard. A coach can only take you so far, a coach isn’t out there holding your hand. As a player, if you have a guy who has the experience in front of you, giving you tips, showing you the ropes and letting you know how it is to be a player out there, you are going to benefit out there.”
McCown on Tuesday talked about his role to help the team’s young quarterbacks and the enjoyment he gets from mentoring them.
I think there’s a great value for young quarterbacks and having a veteran in the room – not necessarily just if you’re a young starter and having a veteran in the room and if you’re a young quarterback whose behind a veteran starter," McCown said. "I think there’s value in both of those things, especially if that veteran will help that young player along, because it’s neat to be able to learn from a guy who’s out there doing it and who has done it, and like I said, who can help you along the way.
"So it’s a fun process everyday, because little things come up throughout the day that you’re saying, ‘Hey, if you’ll just think about doing it this way, you can probably help yourself and you can get this ball out quicker if you go here.’ Just little things like that.”
McCown went onto talk about the things he has seen from Glennon that makes him think he has a bright future in the NFL.
“I just like his skill set, (and) I just think he throws the ball well,” McCown said. “His arm strength is obviously well above average – he can spin it, he can really spin it. He is a hard worker. He loves football and you have to have that at that position. And he is intelligent. So those things, all of those things kind of encompass it. It is just a matter of time for him. He is doing really, really good. That is just from what I have seen.
“And I haven’t watched any film from last year. But I look at some of the things he is able to do and he was able to find some successful moments in a tough situation last year. Those things you can’t coach either. You can kind of guide yourself through that and deal with a tough situation. And I think all of that combined bodes very well for Mike and the career he is going to have. Because all of the little things that have happened along the way is going to help him be a really good player.”
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