Most people were stunned when Lovie Smith named Josh McCown the Bucs starting quarterback on the same day Josh McCown was introduced to the Bucs media at his introductory press conference. After seeing Mike Glennon play against the Steelers on Sunday, you now see why those people were stunned.
There have been, and still are, questions about whether Glennon can be the Bucs true franchise quarterback. On Sunday, Glennon proved not only that he should be the Bucs starting quarterback for the rest of 2014, but that he should have been starting for the Bucs from game one of the Lovie Smith era. Hell, Lovie Smith didn't even allow Glennon to compete for the Bucs starting quarterback job during training camp.
"Josh is our starter," Lovie Smith said after the Bucs lost 56-14 to the Atlanta Falcons and before knowing Josh McCown's injury status.
How can the head coach of a team in the NFL not see that Glennon would clearly give the Bucs a better chance to win over Josh McCown?
Glennon gives the Bucs a significantly better shot at beating both the Panthers and Rams to start the season, while no QB on the Bucs roster had a shot against the Falcons.
Could the Bucs have been 3-1 with Glennon as their starter? The one thing we do know is that the Bucs would have had a much better chance to do so.
Glennon's biggest Achilles Heel as a rookie in 2013 was making clutch throws in the 2nd half of games. On Sunday, Glennon completed clutch throw after clutch throw, including the game-winning 5-yard touchdown pass to Vincent Jackson with just 7 seconds remaining.
"A long time coming," Lovie Smith said after Sunday's thrilling 27-24 win over the Steelers.
It will be an even longer time if Lovie ever goes back to Josh McCown being his starting quarterback.
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