The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were nothing short of a mess last season. While they lost their first eight games, it was the disorganized and juvenile fashion in which they did so that got the whole sports nation questioning nearly every aspect of their organization.
As things began spiraling out of control, the Buccaneers seemed to be inventing new ways to make a fool of themselves. Making high school teens everywhere proud, now former Bucs head coach, Greg Schiano, and ex-quarterback, Josh Freeman, found themselves tangled in a he said she said fight that questioned the maturity of the entire locker room. Even worse, several Tampa Bay players were diagnosed with the extremely dangerous MRSA infection, which stems from an unsanitary environment.
With little exaggeration, not much could have gone worse for the Buccaneers over the first half of the season.
Yet, somehow, heading into 2014, there is a bit of opportunism surrounding the Buccaneers. The team finished 4-4 over the last eight games and rookie quarterback Mike Glennon showed a good deal of promise in his 13 starts.
Now, according to Adam Schefter, the Buccaneer’s have a big name free agent in their sights.
Two teams likely to have some level of interest in Eagles free-agent-to-be QB Michael Vick: Buccaneers and Jets.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 2, 2014
It isn’t clear whether or not the Buccaneers are tabbing Vick as a potential starting quarterback, but if that’s the case they should think again.
Taking Vick’s age and lack of production out of the equation, Glennon, a third round pick last year, is a quarterback Tampa Bay should be building around. Was he phenomenal in his first season? No, but he had a better quarterback rating than Robert Griffin III, Ryan Tannehill, Christian Ponder, EJ Manuel, Brandon Weeden and Geno Smith: All of which were drafted in the first round over the last three seasons.
In 13 games Glennon completed 59.4 percent of his passes for 2,608 yards, 19 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Those numbers aren’t eye-popping, but they are very solid. Especially when he played on a team that spent most of the season in complete disarray.
Bringing a veteran quarterback into the organization is a good idea, but it should only be in a backup, mentor role. Given how professionally Glennon carried himself over the course of last season, he deserves a chance to solidify himself as the starter of the future in Tampa Bay.
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