ESPN.com’s Adam Shefter is reporting this morning that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have plans to bench starting QB Josh Freeman, effective immediately.
Of course, this means that Mike Glennon will be getting the starting job…and perhaps a bit sooner than some of us thought he might.Â Nonetheless, Glennon will now be making his first career NFL start this Sunday at home vs. the Arizona Cardinals.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have decided to bench quarterback Josh Freeman for rookie Mike Glennon, according to league sources.
The Bucs are making the change now because they feel it is beneficial for Glennon with the bye week coming after Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals, team sources told ESPN. He can start this week, then have two weeks for the coaches to review his performance and make corrections before the Bucs play the Philadelphia EaglesÂ on Oct. 13.
Coach Greg Schiano, according to the sources, felt this was a more favorable scenario than having Glennon anticipating his first NFL start for two weeks.
“This league is about finding a franchise quarterback, and with Josh’s roller-coaster career, we don’t feel he’s that guy,” a team source said.
There are five weeks before the trade deadline, and if a team loses a starting quarterback and has interest in Freeman, the Bucs are willing to trade him. For now, he’s their backup quarterback.
Tampa Bay selected the 6-foot-6, 225-pound Glennon in the third round (73rd overall) of the 2013 draft. He was the third quarterback taken in the draft and will become the third rookie to start a game at the position this season, joining the Buffalo Bills’ EJ Manuel and the New York Jets’ Geno Smith, the two quarterbacks picked before him. Manuel and Smith have started since Week 1.
This is also now being reported by CBSSports.com, and is currently the front page top story on their NFL page.Â And if you follow that link quickly, you can get a gander at the back of Mr. Glennon’s head.
No offense to Arizona, but not a bad team against which to get one’s first career start, as they are currently ranked 26th in the league in pass defense.
Of course this also means that, barring mid-week practice injuries to anyone, Glennon will now join Philip Rivers and Russell Wilson as former Wolfpack quarterbacks who are currently (and CONcurrently) NFL starting quarterbacks on Sunday.
We’ve been having some discussions about previous times when this might have happened for former QBs from other schools, but I’ll leave that to the comments for discussion.
Tip of the hat to my colleague BJD95 for the heads up and the link on this one, btw.