While Sunday might have been the final straw for some Bucs fans, one has to wonder when the final straw will come for Bucs owners Brian and Joel Glazer. The Bucs are not only one of the worst teams in the NFL, again, but also one of the most boring teams in the league as well. When will it be time for this franchise to finally bring some legit star power in?
I think we can all agree that Mike Glennon hasn't been the biggest problem for the Buccaneers, but he has been part of it. Glennon's inability to handle a rush at times turns the Bucs offense into a circus. If Glennon does not have a dominant run game and ample time in the pocket to throw, he becomes a mediocre quarterback at best. Unfortunately, most quarterbacks in the NFL deal with pressure. The best quarterbacks beat that pressure and get wins.
Take a look at other games in the NFL on any given Sunday and you'll notice that most quarterbacks, unless they are playing the Bucs pathetic pass rush, have a rush bearing down on them. If you're a quarterback in the NFL and can't continually stand in the pocket and deliver lasers all over the field, you will struggle to consistently lead your team to wins. Glennon continues to struggle in this department, and defenses know it, which leads to more blitzes and more stunts.
Glennon's statistics on paper would warrant him being a starter for most teams in the NFL. Through 17 games started in his career, Glennon has 26 touchdowns and 13 interception. Glennon's record in those 17 games is 5-12. The eye test would tell you Glennon is decent, but not something Bucs fans are willing to rally behind and invest their money in.
The Buccaneers as a franchise are among the most mundane in all of sports. Attendance was down to a season low on Sunday with just over 46,000 people in actual attendance at the game. That number will continue to decline, while Bucs fans long for a star to rally behind. Gerald McCoy received a massive 7-year $98M contract extension over the weekend, and didn't get nearly the publicity most would think a contract of that size would receive. McCoy's been part of this losing franchise.
Perhaps it's time for the owners to step in and ensure star power is finally brought to a franchise which has none. At 1-6 on the season, the Bucs find themselves in position to end up with a high draft pick come next April. No matter where in the top 10 the Bucs end up drafting, they must find a way to draft one of the top two quarterbacks, Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston, to properly build their franchise around.
It's way too early for draft talk, but right now I prefer Winston over Mariota. Mariota is an elite athlete with size and speed, but in that Oregon offense, he rarely throws into tight windows. Also, Mariota struggled mightily when pressure finally got in his face earlier this season with some of his lineman injured. As I stated before, this is an aspect of a quarterback that is key. That aspect is also what I like most about Winston. When Winston stood in the pocket against Notre Dame and delivered darts with pressure in his face on every single play to lead FSU to a big win over the Irish, I knew that his talent was the best in the nation.
People will continue to be weary of Winston's character, but his juvenile mistakes do not out-weigh his star potential for me. All Winston has done on the field as FSU's starting quarterback is win, and he's on his way to competing for another national championship this year. Winston's leadership and ability on the field is something the Buccaneers have lacked for a long time. I'm also pretty sure I know a former Seminole or two that might be willing to mentor him if he was brought to the Bucs organization.
The Bucs have a lot of needs on their roster, but most of all, they need a star leader under center. They need a player to ignite the team and the fan base. Perhaps it's time for the Glazers to tell Lovie Smith and Jason Licht to start scouting these two star college quarterbacks because they must select one of them next April. Perhaps the Glazers need to finally save their own franchise.
The Bucs need one of them. The Bucs fans need one of them even more.
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