Many were surprised with Lovie Smith's comment during the NFL Draft that Mike Glennon was Tampa Bay's quarterback of the future. One person who wasn't caught off guard by the comments was Glennon himself who said it had been communicated to him prior to the draft.
Prior to the NFL earlier this month, rumors swirled constantly about the Buccaneers quarterback situation, including one that said Tampa Bay was looking to trade second-year quarterback Mike Glennon for an additional pick and also that the Buccaneers were considering moving up in order to draft Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.
Obviously those rumors proved to be false and Glennon addressed the situation on Tuesday following the Buccaneers OTA (organized team activity).
“As all that stuff was going on, Lovie called me twice and told me that wasn’t the case,” Glennon said. “He didn’t know where it was coming from. He was very open with me. Open and honest on how he feels now and how he feels going forward."
“They told me that all along so there wasn’t any reason to question anything. I am still going to come out here and compete even though they are talking about the future. I am still going to compete everyday and try and help the team.”
Glennon knew along what the Bucs plans were heading into the draft.
“It was communicated a while ago, with both Lovie and Jason [Licht], we sat down and discussed what the plans were for the draft and moving forward,” Glennon said. “And they told me this all along, that I was their guy going forward. Right now it is a different situation with Josh (McCown) right now, but they told me this for a while now, that this is the plan and this is what is going to happen. I am looking forward to the season, still competing and helping the team in any way I can.”
Glennon went on to talk about if he had concerns or anxiety when the new coaching staff came in and signed veteran QB Josh McCown and then quickly proclaimed him as the starter.
“From the moment they signed Josh they told me,” Glennon said. “Lovie knows Josh and has a comfort level with Josh. But moving forward though, he still sees me as the guy. After mini-camp (April) Jason and Lovie both continued to tell me this so I knew what was happening the whole time.”
Glennon, who threw for 2,608 yards with 19 touchdowns and just nine interceptions in 2013, said having a veteran quarterback in the meeting rooms, and on the field, has been a benefit.
“It has been great so far, he is just so far advanced in his knowledge,” Glennon said. “He has been around for what is it, 12 years? Whatever it is. And with me being in it only for one, I can compare notes. He offers a lot of advice that not many people know. He is really like another coach out there for me. A coach that has been through this for a long time now and he offers a lot of advice. He genuinely wants to help me and that is what is so great about him.”
While Glennon appreciates having someone to help him improve his game, he admitted it wasn’t an easy pill to swallow and has thinks he has the capability and talent to lead the Buccaneers in 2014 if called upon.
“It is a tough business and there are going to be time things happen that you don’t particularly see it that way,” Glennon said. “But I am taking it – like I said – I am just going to make the most of the situation it is.
“I feel like I can go out there and lead this team to victory but at the same time I think I can learn in whatever situation and role I am in, I can benefit from it. I am going to have a positive attitude and whatever the situation it is try and become a better player. Whatever it is. If it is starting, learning from Josh, whatever it is I am going to go out there and make the most of it and use it to my advantage.
Part of what makes Glennon think he can have success in the newly-installed Jeff Tedford offense is his somewhat familiarity with the scheme.
“It’s been good, a lot of the uptempo stuff a lot of the concepts I have run, similar to my offense at college,” Glennon said. “A lot of the concepts are what I ran in college for five years so I am comfortable with it and it has looked good so far and I think we are going to continue to build on it through these next OTAs and mini-camp.”
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