The loss against Cleveland this past Sunday felt much more than just one loss. The feeling I got after that game was the Bucs are ready to address the quarterback situation. By addressing the position I don't mean starting Josh McCown again. That's like putting a bandaid on a gaping wound. I've said and written before that Mike Glennon should finish the rest of the season as the Bucs starting quarterback. All things being equal, I would much rather play a younger quarterback who has some upside rather than a career backup who's played a handful of good games over the last eight years. The Bucs obviously disagreed with that thinking and decided to play the veteran this Sunday against Atlanta. Glennon hasn't played well in recent weeks and Lovie Smith wants to give McCown another opportunity to start.
NFL Films Greg Cosell, who joins Fan Interference every Thursday, certainly agreed that Glennon had his worst game of the season against the Browns. " I don't think he played well in this game and he started to exhibit two things that are troublesome. He became tentative and scattershot," Cosell said. "I thought his foot work was lazy. This was not a good performance by Glennon at all."
I always enjoy Cosell's candor when discussing the Bucs. He strictly watches the film and has no emotional attachemnt towards the organization. His breakdown of Glennon's performance last Sunday was spot on. Cosell has always been a fan of Glennon. He thinks he has Matt Ryan like potential and could be a good quarterback in this league under the right system. He's just not sure that system is with the Bucs. "They really put a major burden on the quarterback," Cosell told Jim Lighthall on Thursday. "Their receivers have to win on the outside versus man coverage. They don't help them with bunch, stack, various concepts to help a pass game to help receivers. You don't see that on film when you watch the Bucs offense."
After hearing those comments, I get the sense Cosell isn't enamored with the coaching staffs creativity on offense. It doesn't seem like the Bucs have evolved on offense over the course of the season. Glennon's best game was against the Steelers. Since then, it's been a steady decline. Is it lack of talent? That's a possibility. Could it be lack of game planning? I think you could make a case that's part of it as well.
How long does it take for an organization to know if they have a starting quarterback on their roster? Cosell said you'd want to see two full seasons of a player before making a decision. Obviously every organization is different. Every team is different.
Speaking of organizations, Cosell thinks Glennon might be in the wrong system. "Look, Glennon has not played well in recent weeks there's no question about it. I don't think he's in a particularly good offense for him," Cosell said Thursday on 98.7 the Fan. "Has he regressed? Yes. If he goes somewhere else with a different staff and a different approach, could he play a lot better? I believe he could."
It appears Glennon's days in Tampa Bay are numbered. The Bucs are going to have a top five pick in this years draft. They should select a quarterback. Build the team around the quarterback. Find a system that fits their talents. Unfortunately for Glennon, finding that system that fits his talents won't be with the Bucs. It will be with another team.
Follow Bucs Blitz on twitter: @TBBucsOnScout