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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org