The Buccaneers tabbed Mike Glennon as the quarterback of the future for Tampa Bay, and after a win in his first start against the Pittsburgh Steelers earlier this season, it appeared the statement by head coach Lovie Smith during last May’s NFL Draft might be the case. But after dropping his last four starts, Glennon is back on the bench, replaced by Josh McCown.

In an unusual development it was Mike Glennon – who has started in place of the injured McCown since the middle of week 3 – that made the announcement.

“I met with (interim offensive coordinator) Marcus Arroyo and Lovie (Smith) this morning,” Glennon said Tuesday during his radio show. “And they decided that it would be best for Josh to go ahead this week and get the start.”

McCown will make his first start since injuring his right thumb during the Thursday night, 56-14, debacle in September. Ironically, he will come back to face the same team, Atlanta Falcons, that he last played against .

In his absence,  Glennon started the next five games. After leading the team to their first victory in Pittsburgh, the N.C. State product cooled off, as he lost the next four games and appeared to regress during last Sunday’s, 22-17 loss in Cleveland.

During his five starts, Mike Glennon was 117-of-203 (57.6 percent) passing for 1,417 yards, with 10 touchdowns and six interceptions. He posted a total QB rating of 83.3, nearly identical to his 83.9 rating in 2013 after starting the last 13 games.

Head coach Lovie Smith was unusually critical of the second-year signal caller during his Monday press conference and hinted the change could be coming.

“We had a lot of opportunities,” Smith said. “We had good matchups with both our wide receivers yesterday. Accuracy, some decisions we made with the turnovers – both of those turnovers should have been touchdowns, we feel like, instead of interceptions putting them in a favorable position.”

McCown struggled in his first three starts, throwing four interceptions, including a pick six against the Falcons. On the season McCown is 43-of-68 (63.2 percent) for 420 yards with two passing touchdowns and two rushing.

– Mark Cook and Zach Shapiro contributed on this report

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Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at mark@pewterreport.com
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Noctus
Noctus
6 years ago

After the stinker Glennon laid this week, it doesn’t matter anymore. First pick here we come!

kino
kino
Reply to  Noctus
6 years ago

Love step back,you are defending yourself with this move , compare Glennons numbers to Farve,Marino,P Manning,Rivers,Bree’s this is ridiculous and short sighted.He has the worst running Game in the NFL and prob the worst protection also . Throw in V Jacksons two first down drops a game, like VJ but it is what it is; and to have the numbers he has is astonishing.Anyone wanna check out Tom Brady first four games this year with poor protection and no gronk, well let’s just say he didn’t even hit a receiver in 8 passes in a row over 20 yards an… Read more »

stone1
stone1
6 years ago

thank you, if have to see glennon run one more time I will be sick that slide this week, the run out of bounds the week before, the slide in st.louis last year. he is unathletic, slow, and scared I have seen enough he is not nfl starter material

macabee
macabee
6 years ago

McCown has 63.2 comp% for 420 yards with 2 TDs, 4 INTs, and a passer rating of 65.8. Mike Glennon has a 57.6 comp% for 1,417 yards with 10 TDs, 6 INTs, and passer rating of 83.3 that is better than any QB drafted in the last two years. Glennon said Tuesday during his radio show “And they decided that it would be best for Josh to go ahead THIS WEEK and get the start.” This week? Hmmmm……..

scubog
scubog
6 years ago

No surprise here. I thought this move might have been last week. Plan B didn’t work so Lovie is just going back to Plan A. If McCown plays as surprisingly reckless as he did those first three games, we might have to go to Plan C. Since the last episode of this drama, the O-line has improved, the team is healthier overall, the shock of Tedford going down has passed, Mike Evans has become a force and the team is desperate for a win. Thus, McCown’s chance for a victory here is greater than week 1.

pinkstob
pinkstob
Reply to  scubog
6 years ago

Agreed!

pinkstob
pinkstob
6 years ago

The only thing that really surprised me about this is that Glennon announced the change. That was a really classless move by Glennon. I would go as far as to say childish. He knew damn good and well just like we all do that Lovie likes to keep a lid on who is starting at any position before the game. Neither QB is good, but the Falcons will certainly prepare for a more mobile QB this Sunday. Our bootleg, naked or otherwise, will be a less successful. No matter anyone’s opinion of Lovie, as a player or fan it’s his… Read more »

macabee
macabee
Reply to  pinkstob
6 years ago

pinkstob,

Would this change your opinion?

Rick Stroud ‏@NFLSTROUD 11m11 minutes ago
Once Mike Glennon’s brother let the cat out of the bag about QB change, Bucs decided Glennon should reveal it when asked on his radio show

surferdudes
surferdudes
6 years ago

Glennon was asked a question on a radio show and gave an honest answer, that doesn’t make him classless. As far as tipping their cap as to who’s starting, both Q.B.’s played last game, and we lost badly. I doubt if it makes any difference for the Falcons game plan. I really don’t care who starts the rest of the way. It’s who’ll be the starter next year that I’m interested in.

pinkstob
pinkstob
Reply to  surferdudes
6 years ago

He is not required by law or by the CBA to answer every question proposed to him on a weekly radio show. If Glennon were still the starter and asked the same question I doubt he would have revealed who the starter was because he knew it would piss Lovie off. Now that he’s not the starter he doesn’t care and that’s classless and childish in my opinion.

Uncle Stan
Uncle Stan