For those fans wanted had coach Lovie Smith to name Mike Glennon the official starter for the rest of the season, there really is no reason to at this point. Glennon will start once again this week in New Orleans, and very well could be the starter for the foreseeable future just based on Josh McCown’s injured thumb.
On Thursday the 12-year veteran spoke to the media and it didn’t sound like his return is imminent.
It’s feeling better, it’s obviously not quite there yet, but an improvement, so that’s good,” McCown said. “There’s obviously all different kinds of treatments. We’d be here all day if I said every little thing that I’m doing, but Bobby (the trainer) and the guys are doing a great job. I’ve just been coming in a few times a day and getting treatment, trying to get healthy. Time is the other part, and the only thing you can’t speed up.”
While the trainers and staff are taking a wait-and-see approach, the option of surgery is still there for McCown.
“You know you never say never, so you don’t know,” McCown said. “We’re hopeful (for no surgery) no question. We’ll see how it goes, but we’re very encouraged about where we are now. But again, you can’t take anything off the table.”
The pain and recovery is frustrating for McCown in the fact that this type of injury is new to him. McCown – who has completed 43-of-68 (62%) for 420 yards, two passing touchdowns and two on the ground along with four interceptions – said he doesn’t know if he is ahead or behind schedule in his recovery.
“It’s my first time having it (thumb injury); I don’t know if I can (answer),” McCown said. “You’ll have to ask the trainers or somebody who has dealt with this before. It’s my first time going through this so I don’t know if it’s (recovery) has been slow or fast.
“Just like every injury, if you wake up and feel better than you go. We’re always kind of checking and seeing where we’re at. I just take it week-to-week, and even as a player you treat it day-to-day. You’re like, ‘man what if tomorrow I feel really good?’ So we’ll see.”
Glennon came in the Atlanta game after McCown hit his hand on a Falcons player’s helmet and played well, then started last week in Pittsburgh, helping to engineer a fourth-quarter upset win over the Steelers.
Many fans are clamoring for Smith to hand the reigns over to Glennon, but this point there isn’t much of a benefit to Smith saying one way or another who the starter is going forward. For now it is Glennon’s job, and if he performs well in the starting lineup, Smith will be hard pressed to take him out, when, and if, McCown’s thumb gets back to 100 percent in the near future.
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McCown can kick rocks.
If you suck at playing Quarterback, look constipated while your spiking a football.
McCown stinks. Seen enough of him. No way Glennon comes out of he plays like he did in Pittsburgh. Especially if we keep winning. I’d take any QB right now that didn’t throw stuoid picks like McCown. Could be 2-2 if not for him.
I don’t get this because he won’t know anything until it is heeled; does rehab after it is heeled enough to throw the ball 40 yards; oh I forgot, he couldn’t do that before. Why don’t we have a QB on the PS?
Always funny when someone spells “stupid” wrong. Just kidding fredster, I know the O is next to the P on the keyboard. Glennon will start this week and, barring injury, next week against the Ravens. Then during the bye week Lovie and staff will have to make a choice moving forward. I suspect Glennon will have to be better than he was in the Steelers game these next two weeks to secure the job. I also suspect he’ll need to win at least one of the games. If he just completes passes in the 50% range, fails to convert on 3rd down and is a sitting duck in the pocket as he was last season, Lovie and staff will come to the same conclusion and put McCown back behind center. Lovie has mentioned the need for QB’s nowadays to be athletic and able to run on occasion. That tells me that Glennon doesn’t fit the desired profile. He just needs to overcome his physical shortcomings by excelling in other aspects of QB play. Good luck Mike.
I really don’t understand the McCown hatred throughout this community. There was plenty of Glennon hatred last year as well. I thought McCown got off to a slow start, definitely looked nervous but there were definitely some positives and as he settled down should have been quite effective. That being said, I like Glennon as well. I just don’t HATE McCown. Are people mad because he got a little bit of money to come here?
I don’t hate McCown, I just hate that Glennon didn’t get a fair shake when McCown was brought in. Glennon played well last year, I didn’t understand why there were so many against him …until now…they all love him! He was a rookie last year and really played well in the situation he was in. McCown should be a backup or QB coach from here on out…I don’t hate him but he is not an effective QB.
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