The Bucs return to the field this Sunday, and while most figure Mike Glennon will be behind center, there is a chance that Josh McCown gets reinserted by his favorite fan, Lovie Smith. Glennon has been the better quarterback of the two this season, but Lovie Smith has been loyal to a fault with Josh McCown from the moment he signed with the Buccaneers.
“We’ll see how the week goes," Lovie Smith said on Wednesday when asked if Josh McCown will be the starting quarterback when healthy. "As soon as Josh – [as soon as] we feel like he’s fully ready to play, he’ll have a role with us.”
Glennon has played in 3 1/2 games compared to Josh McCown's 2 1/2 games played, but Glennon has thrown for twice as many yards (986), five more touchdowns, and one less interception. You'd think that these stats would back up any perception that might be out there that Glennon has outplayed Josh McCown, but offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo won't go there.
“The key is perception, that’s the number one word used in that," Bucs offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo said when asked of the perception that Mike Glennon has outplayed Josh McCown. "There’s not a quarterback controversy that’s going to be created here. We’ve got two good quarterbacks who I’m really excited to have in our room and whoever goes out there is going to give us a chance to win. They’ve both done good things, I’ve had opportunities to make them better and studying with me, I can make them better.”
You'd think the only role McCown will have with the Bucs moving forward will be as a backup quarterback and coach for Glennon. Unfortunately, until that's announced as official, there will be some who think there is a quarterback controversy brewing in Tampa Bay.
“I don’t see it that way at all," Lovie Smith said of a potential quarterback controversy. "We have two quarterbacks. You might say that – I don’t say that at all. Guys know where they stand [with] the rotation that we have.”
Fans should probably anticipate Mike Glennon to start this Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. He's preparing that way as well.
"It doesn’t change my mindset," Glennon said of Josh McCown's return to practice. "My mindset is to win games. No matter if he’s back or not, that’s what I’m preparing to do.”
I doubt Lovie smith will ever give us a clear answer before the rest of the season. It's pretty clear though. If Glennon plays well, he'll stay the starter. If Glennon plays poorly, Josh McCown will get another opportunity to lead the Bucs offense.
If you have two quarterbacks, you probably don't have one. Unfortunately, that might be where the Bucs are right now.
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