NFC South: Mike Glenon

Rapid Reaction: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

December, 29, 2013

NEW ORLEANS -- A few thoughts on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers42-17 loss to the New Orleans Saints.

What it means: A long and painful season is over. The Bucs had to endure the Josh Freeman saga, an outbreak of MRSA and an 0-8 start. They never really recovered from any of that. The offense got worse, not better, as the season went on, and rookie quarterback Mike Glennon took plenty of lumps. The defense had a few bright spots but not enough. Now, the Bucs appear headed for more drama in the postseason. There have been speculative reports that coach Greg Schiano could be jumping ship for Penn State. Even if that doesn’t happen, there’s no guarantee the Bucs will keep Schiano after a 4-12 season.

Stock watch: After failing to get positive results in recent weeks, Glennon bounced back a bit. He had some success throwing the deep ball against a good New Orleans defense.

Trickery backfired: A lot of fans have talked about how the Bucs were too conservative all season. Well, they took a chance and attempted a fake field goal at the end of the first half. The play had Michael Koenen attempting to throw a pass, and it totally failed.

What’s next: We’ll find out soon enough if there are any changes to the coaching staff or the front office. Either way, this team has a lot of work to do in the offseason if it’s going to turn things around and make the playoffs next season. But the one bright spot is that the Bucs will hold a top-10 pick in the 2014 draft. They also will have about $17 million in salary-cap room to work with.

Buccaneers should trade Josh Freeman

September, 25, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. -- Wednesday morning’s news that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are going to start rookie quarterback Mike Glennon on Sunday against Arizona effectively means Josh Freeman’s tenure is over.

You don’t make a move like that on a temporary basis. You make a move like that only when you’ve firmly decided that a guy who once looked like the franchise quarterback isn’t the answer. Glennon is coach Greg Schiano’s guy and Freeman is not.

The only way Freeman gets his job back is if Glennon gets hurt. Even then, the Bucs might turn to Dan Orlovsky over Freeman, who has been dismal in the first three games. This situation has been simmering for some time and it has become increasingly obvious that Schiano and Freeman aren’t on the same page.

You can choose which side to blame for this disastrous result. I put it more on the coach for trying to fit a square peg into a round hole, instead of letting Freeman play his game. But I think Freeman also deserves some of the blame because his play was so bad.

Freeman’s contract is up at the end of this season and there’s no way he’ll get a new deal in Tampa. The best thing the Bucs can do right now is try to trade Freeman for a draft pick. The Bucs would be doing themselves and Freeman a favor.

It’s the only way to get anything to show for what should have been a franchise quarterback.