Buccaneers’ head coach Lovie Smith continues to talk about Josh McCown as if he will return as the starter once he is set to come back from his thumb injury. However, the clear cut choice that gives Tampa Bay the best chance to win is second-year quarterback Mike Glennon.
Glennon has played impressively well despite Tampa Bay's inability to pull off a victory in New Orleans. Many look at wins for a "team" as quarterback wins as well. But "quarterback wins" are not a statistic nor is it a record to keep track of. Good touchdown to interception ratio, completion percentage, and passing yards are some of a few worthy statistics to judge a quarterback by. Even so, those stats have a lot of factors that effect those numbers -- like receivers dropping the football.
With that said, a good way to judge a quarterback is off the throws he makes or does not make. McCown did not make lots of throws and when he did, they were late. His timing was off the majority of the time and a prime example of that is by McCown's pick-six against Atlanta in Week 3.
As you can see below, McCown not only stares down wide receiver Vincent Jackson but as the veteran makes his break back to play the ball, McCown is still holding on to the football.
This was a timing route that once Jackson was breaking back towards his quarterback the ball should have already been on its way to him. Instead it resulted in the safety intercepting the late pass and running it in for a touchdown.
Glennon does not have that problem. In Sunday's loss to New Orleans, almost a similar yet shorter comeback route run by Jackson shows the timing of the pass from the Bucs' young gun slinger.
You can see in the following still shot how Glennon has released the football just as Jackson makes his break in the route.
The offense has moved well with Glennon under center. Passes, for that most part, have been on the money and more importantly his command in the huddle has been admirable.
While it is still early to consider Glennon the face of the franchise moving forward, there should be no hesitation in Smith making the move for at least the rest of the season. There is nothing to lose but lots to gain for the future if Glennon continues to impress the staff and those around the football world.
Follow Bucs Blitz on twitter: @ScoutBuccaneers