Things have settled down a bit in and around social media after Tuesday night's news broke of Mike Glennon's benching for Josh McCown. While there are still difference in opinions, the team went back to work at One Buc Place and are moving forward with the decision.
On Wednesday, the team was expected to respond to the news. Interim offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo talked about it and said although they see Glennon progressing, they know what McCown has the ability to do on the field and want to develop his game.
"Mike is really coming along. Josh has 68 attempts on the year and two games. I know what he is capable of, I saw some of that stuff. We've all seen it. He's put himself in position at some point in his career to be at the top of this league and he did it," Arroyo said. "If you're able to do that you have to be able to find that and I don't think you're going to find it in the first year of a program and a new offense under 68 snaps. Hopefully we get more development to see more of it and if we can get there. That's my job to help him get there. I'm optimistic and excited to do so."
Are there benefits to developing a 35-year old quarterback who has bounced around the league? The Buccaneers apparently think so. But if they are talking about development, why not stick with the quarterback who is 11 years younger and develop his game? And if the younger quarterback is "coming along" then why throw him back on the sidelines with a clipboard? Apparently it's because they think it is unfair to judge McCown on just the 10 quarters he has played this season.
At the end of the day, the move back to McCown was inevitable. Tampa Bay brought in the veteran quarterback to be the team's starter. And after healing from a thumb injury coupled with the regression from Glennon, the staff felt it would be best to move forward with the decision. But as they move forward, clouds of questions will hover over their decisions -- like it has all season long.
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