Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano has benched starting quarterback Josh Freeman in favor of rookie Mike Glennon.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-3) have benched starting quarterback Josh Freeman.
Even though just this Monday, head coach Greg Schiano had announced to the world that “Josh [Freeman] is our starter,” no one was fooled. It was only a matter of time. The question was always “when,” not “if.” Many observers had thought the move might be made during Tampa Bay’s Week 5 bye, but instead it came a full week earlier.
Rookie Mike Glennon will get the start this Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.
Quarterback Josh Freeman has been abysmally inefficient to start the season. He has completed just 43 of 94 attempts for a completion rate of 45.7 percent, throwing three interceptions and fumbling once. His two touchdown passes have contributed to the Buccaneers’ meager scoring total of 34 points through three games — an average of 11.3 points per game.
Right now Tampa Bay rates 31st in the league in points per game, passing yards, and total offensive yards — hardly a formula for success.
Controversy swirls around head coach Greg Schiano, whose Buccaneers have lost eight of their nine last games.
It’s not entirely clear that Schiano has control over his players; both star cornerback Darrelle Revis and former tight end Kellen Winslow have expressed irritation with Schiano’s militaristic ways. That style may work in college football, but it can rub grown men the wrong way. Schiano has even been voted least-liked coach by NFL players.
Then there was the hotly disputed “victory formation” fiasco in last year’s loss to the New York Giants, when Schiano ordered his players to attempt a hit on quarterback Eli Manning while he was taking a knee.
Just before the start of the regular season, the team held a players-only meeting. The topic: could they trust their head coach? Apparently, there were concerns about the way in which votes were tabulated after Josh Freeman was removed as team captain.
It is clear Schiano is not in his players’ good graces.
Can rookie quarterback Mike Glennon salvage the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ disastrous season?
Drafted out of North Carolina State in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft, Mike Glennon is a freakishly tall athlete standing at 6’7″. He finished his college career with a 60.4 completion percentage, throwing for 7,411 yards, 63 touchdowns, and 21 interceptions.
His final three games were victories against Clemson, Maryland, and Louisville in the Belk Bowl. During that stretch, he completed 65 percent of his passes with 11 touchdowns and two interceptions.
During the 2013 preseason, Glennon completed 47.1 percent of his passes for 397 yards for three touchdowns and three interceptions.
General manager Mark Dominik is probably already on the phone trying to shop Josh Freeman. The fifth-year player was a first-round pick in 2009 and has put up decent numbers he has a career completion rate of 58.2 percent for 13,534 yards, 80 touchdowns and 66 interceptions in 60 games. He should net a third- or fourth-round pick if the right suitor can be found. Unfortunately for the Bucs, next year’s draft class is loaded with talent at the quarterback position. This could make a hammering out a trade at a fair price difficult for Tampa Bay.
Even if Dominik doesn’t succeed in trading Freeman, he is a free agent as of the end of this season and will find a new home for 2014.
Unless Glennon can win a minimum of nine games this year, this is probably Greg Schiano’s last season in Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers roster has too much talent justify yet another losing season.