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.
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.