So the Buccaneers are 2-11 and now everyone wants them to think about the future? The reality is that this team eliminated itself a long time ago. The decisions of who has been playing as of late was already a reflection of what Lovie Smith believes the future of the Bucs actually is.
“We’re not looking at guys. Just like every other week, the guys that start are the guys that I think give us the best chance to win," Lovie Smith said of his decision to stick with Josh McCown as his starting quarterback.
I'm curious as to when people are going to realize that Mike Glennon was given up on a long time ago. If you aren't convinced now, there is no convincing you. The Bucs are 2-11, have no hope, and their head coach just said that the quarterback who is 1-7 this season with just 9 touchdowns and 11 interceptions gives the Bucs the best chance to win.
I'm here to tell you that Lovie Smith made the right move to stick with McCown. First, and most importantly, McCown actually gives the Bucs their best chance to lose and secure the top overall pick in next year's draft. McCown has only led the Bucs past 17 points in a game one time in a 27-7 win over the Redskins. While people continue to blame the offensive line, which is not a good unit, try counting the seconds McCown has to throw at times. Yes, the Bucs offensive line is bad, but paired with a quarterback who hesitates to throw to open receivers is a recipe for disaster, or as Lovie Smith calls it, a chance to win!
Lovie Smith also made the right call on McCown because Lovie's focus right now should be on playing players who he feels will be with the Buccaneers next season. I believe Josh McCown will be the Bucs starting quarterback to start next season even if they select a quarterback with the 1st overall pick. There are much better odds that McCown is with the Buccaneers organization next year than Mike Glennon does.
Speaking of Mike Glennon, if the Bucs do not have any hope for Glennon as their future, why play him and risk tarnishing his trade value even more. If they are ready to move on from Glennon, a trade would be the best way to facilitate the move.
When you're as bad a franchise as the Bucs have been, two things happen. First, every decision you make as a GM and a coach gets questioned and looks foolish. The other thing that happens is that your team finds itself on ESPN's C'mon Man two weeks in a row. Yes, the Bucs will be looking to keep the streak alive next week with a blunder this Sunday against the Panthers!
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