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Caulton Tudor

Tampa firings will impact Glennon's future

Posted December 31, 2013

Mike Glennon’s pro football future changed when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fired Greg Schiano as head coach Monday.

How much change can’t completely be known for weeks, but there’s a possibility that the rookie quarterback from N.C. State could wind up being collateral damage in Schiano’s ouster.

With a new coach will come a new general manager _ Mark Dominik also was fired in the house cleaning _ and there’s a tendency in the NFL for new coaches and GMs to quickly make personnel changes at the key positions.

Like most of his teammates, Glennon didn’t make a public statement Monday in reaction to the firings _ or to reports that former Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith, 55, would be the No. 1 name on team owner Malcolm Glazer’s shopping list.

With the speculation about Smith came reports that former University of California head coach Jeff Tedford would be Smith’s first choice for offensive coordinator and/or quarterbacks coach.

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Regardless of how the coaching situation unfolds, Glennon no doubt will have to re-establish his role as the team’s quarterback for now and for the future.

Schiano, who was fired after going 11-21 in two seasons, moved Glennon into the starting role after three games.
"It's no secret … I think the world of Mike Glennon," Schiano said Monday. "I think he's an excellent quarterback. In a very, very tough set of circumstances, this guy performed at a very high level.

Previous starter Josh Freeman was released to eventually land a spot on Minnesota’s roster.

Statistically, Glennon was effective by almost any measure for rookie quarterbacks. He completed almost 60 percent of his passes for 2,608 yards and 19 touchdowns (opposite nine interceptions).

But the team record with Glennon as starter was only 4-9 and offense failed to score more than 17 points in season-ending losses to San Francisco, St. Louis and New Orleans.

Following Sunday’s 42-17 loss to the Saints to end regular season, Glennon call the season “a great learning experience and a step forward.

He went on to tell reporters, “Now I know what I need to learn on in the off-season and what we need to work on collectively in the off-season as a team and as an offensive unit. I’ll be way ahead of where I was last year heading into camp.”

The only other quarterback currently on the Bucs roster is Dan Orlovsky, who has played in 24 career games with four teams as a much-traveled second- and third-stringer.

Tedford, 58, went 82-57 at Cal from 2002-12 and is saluted for his work with quarterbacks Trent Dilfer, Aaron Rodgers, Joey Harrington and Akili Smith.

But nothing relating to Smith or Tedford fell into place quickly, primarily because Smith is believed to be in the mix for the Washington Redskins and Detroit Lions.

Tedford has been mentioned as a potential candidate for the Cleveland Browns top job and the University of Texas.

Like everyone else, Glennon can only watch and wait. If a player’s first season is an indication of potential, Glennon will be in the NFL for several years. But will he be a career starter or even a longtime Buc?

Those questions will be answered by the new coach and general manager. And, of course, the Glazer family.

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  • snapjack Jan 3, 9:43 p.m.

    Another useless article by Captain Obvious. Of course the situation/players will be evaluated... View More

    — Posted by InTheNo

    Another useless post by someone without a clue.

  • InTheNo Jan 2, 12:32 p.m.

    Another useless article by Captain Obvious. Of course the situation/players will be evaluated by a new coach and GM but Glennon's future will be dictated by what he does on the field as is always the case, so there is no news in this story. However, any new coach is going to go with Glennon until he has a reason to change. That is, a terrible camp and start to next season by Glennon or Tampa Bay acquiring a proven winner at QB - and that's not going to happen.

  • dsalter Jan 1, 12:15 a.m.

    He's young....has a strong arm, and is exactly what a lot of NFL teams are looking for in a young player. Even if a new coach and GM bring in someone they'd rather have...the future looks bright for Glennon. Even if it turns out to be with a different team a couple of years down the road. I say he'll be starting for Tampa Bay next year.

  • trolllordv00 Dec 31, 11:13 p.m.

    Glennon showed true potential on a team that had no heart and zero confidence. All the players knew Schiano was gonna be gone 8 games in and I imagine that can make the leadership role of a QB much harder. Kid has a pro arm, no doubt about it.

  • Jack + Coke Dec 31, 10:12 p.m.

    3rd string journeyman at best.

  • cjw6105 Dec 31, 9:58 p.m.

    Agree that Glennon will be probably at best a backup QB in the NFL. He might be the guy at teams like Jacksonville, but for an aspiring team like the Bucs, they'll need a little more behind center to get to the next level.

    But don't worry for him- Glennon will have a home somewhere in the NFL, and he'll be well-compensated financially no matter where he ends up.

  • gsms69 Dec 31, 5:26 p.m.

    Another dumb analysis by. A sub-par writer. Elected not to talk about surrounding personel and injuries.

  • uBnice Dec 31, 5:10 p.m.

    Glennon is a back-up QB at best for a team like Tampa. They need a guy who can throw and buy time with his legs. Glennon is very immobile and when pressured even just a little, he can make major blunders. But when he has blocking, the young man shows off a beautiful arm.

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Dec 31, 4:58 p.m.

    "With a new coach will come a new general manager"

    What does it take to fire a GM in... View More

    — Posted by jdpridg

    Saw your post in another thread, so I know what you mean. Still not sure JR is the root of the problem, as Karmanos may be calling the shots, but I hear ya.

  • vt94hokies Dec 31, 1:48 p.m.

    Glennon did a solid job with what he had to work with. He's too skilled not to be the guy under center.

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