Posted September 25, 2013

Buccaneers bench QB Josh Freeman in favor of rookie Mike Glennon

NFC South, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano has made the move from Josh Freeman to Mike Glennon.

Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano has made the move from Josh Freeman to Mike Glennon (center). (Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP)

In a move that has been anticipated since the preseason, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have reportedly decided to bench quarterback Josh Freeman in favor of rookie Mike Glennon. A league source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter the news. Freeman has completed 45.7 percent of his passes this year for an 0-3 Buccaneers team that currently ranks 29th in Football Outsiders’ opponent-adjusted offensive metrics. It’s been reported for months that head coach Greg Schiano was interested in moving on from Freeman, who is in the final year of his rookie contract, and the team selected Glennon out of North Carolina State in the third round of the 2013 draft after a deal for Carson Palmer could not be done.

“He’s done some good things and he’s done some things that we’d like to change and he’d like to change,” Schiano said of Freeman on Monday, when he indicated that Freeman would still be his starter. “But it’s the whole offensive unit. We need to be more precise. We need to be coached more precisely.”

Freeman has been frustrating at all levels this season, and we have broken down his mechanical failures at length. He started this season by completing 15-of-31 passes for 210 yards, one touchdown and one interception against the New York Jets, followed that up with a horrid performance against the New Orleans Saints (9-of-22 for 125 yards, one touchdown and one pick), and may have ended his Buccaneers’ career with a 19-of-41, 236-yard game against the New England Patriots in which he threw no touchdowns and one more pick.

Schiano has said that he understands his quarterback is not the only issue, but when an offense is lapsing like this, a team has to start somewhere.

“I think he [Freeman] understands what we’re trying to do with our offense,” Schiano said on Monday. “I think when he’s in the pocket and he feels comfortable, he’s delivering the ball. It’s when things break down a little bit that it hasn’t been as good as it’s been before, and it will be again. One of his strengths is extending plays. But again, when you have variables, where we’re not sharp enough on the details, [then] it’s hard to be the trigger-man when some things aren’t going the way they’re supposed to. There’re 10 other guys out there, without getting into specifics, and certainly everybody has some of the responsibility for us not scoring points right now, starting with me. But it wouldn’t be right to [blame him], obviously it does happen because he touches the ball 73 times on Sunday, but there’s a whole bunch of us that have got to get our stuff straight.”

A report from CBS’ Jason La Canfora in mid-September indicated that Freeman would ask for a trade in the near future, and that time could certainly be now. What they’d get for an underperforming player in the last year of his contract, when his market value has plummeted, is open to conjecture. Freeman was selected 17th overall in the 2009 draft, and he is making $8.43 million in base salary this season.

Glennon completed 33-of-70 passes for 397 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions in the preseason. He has not thrown a pass in the regular season. The Buccaneers face the Arizona Cardinals at home on Sunday. They then have a bye before another home game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Oct. 13.

43 comments
Ciscos
Ciscos

From NFL insiders "...Schiano reportedly grew disillusioned last season with Freeman's reluctance to function as a "fiery, take-charge guy" who would command respect from his teammates."

I'm sorry, Mike Glennon is???

Maaaaan, Greg Schiano can't get fired fast enough... 

GTT
GTT

Schiano is about to become Raheem Morris, contract or no.

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

Who is in worse shape that they need Josh? I'd get Tebow before him as he can at least run

Cisco Gonefishin
Cisco Gonefishin

Good luck Mike; lead the team and play smart.  3 NC State graduates starting at QB in the NFL this weekend; GO PACK!

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Schiano is the problem at Tampa. As long as he is coach the Bucs will go nowhere but down.

randomdeletion
randomdeletion

Blame the QB, then blame the rookie, and you have a formula for SUCKING this season and keeping your job for another year.  

Schiano is a monumental idiot.  He had some ok years at Rutgers?  Where?  Who?  Are you kidding me?  I would have flipped the F out if my team had hired this moron.  What in the world made them think some guy from an irrelevant college would even have a chance of winning in the NFL?  Most coaches from little irrelevant schools that have a modicum of success at that joke of a college program SUCK once they are at an actual big time college.  And the Bucs thought he could go direct to the NFL?  WTF?  

Kristian
Kristian

Now if we can just convince Schiano to GTFO, we might win a few games.

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

We need to be coached more precisely.”

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Amen for that and YOU aren't the coach to do it !!!!

Whatever
Whatever

No one will trade for Freeman. He makes too much money and hasn't fixed or improved his mechanics in 56 starts. Why would anyone think he would do so now? A pro athlete doesn't change his mechanics unless he really, really wants to get better, and Freeman doesn't seem to want to do that much work.

NebojsaTodorovic
NebojsaTodorovic

Getting benched by a coach who isn't doing a very good job won't hurt JF's value at all.  Carrying the clipboard for $8M is actually a win for Freeman in this situation.

Ciscos
Ciscos

Well SI was right. This was anticipated. This is another case of a QB not being the head coach's "guy."

Freeman is playing poorly -> because the Bucs are playing poorly -> because the Bucs are being coached poorly.  For Freeman, I'm sure 1/3rd is psychological.  Schiano doesn't like him and that temperament is felt.  Another 3rd is the coaching. I must say being an observer, I'm not impressed with the coaching those players have been receiving. Out of position and poor technique is pinpoint on coaching.  Schiano was right, they have to be better coaches. The last 3rd, and the biggest reason I believe the Bucs are playing as bad as they are is that the team has checked out on Schiano's philosophy.  

Personally, I think Schiano was a poor fit for the Bucs as a coach.  Their were other NFL level coaches the Bucs could have reached out to for that job - that they should reach out to when they fire Schiano.  That'll probably happen soon enough.

Bad part is Bucs management needs to hold off on launching Freeman and decide what to do about their coach first.


HarshRealities
HarshRealities

How could the Bucs bench the QB that was leading the NFL in turnovers over the past 2 seasons?

mike77
mike77

so now 100 percent of the starting QB's in the NFL played most of their college ball at NC State! (Philip Rivers, Russell Wilson, Mike Glennon).  Any other school have 2 or more starters?

JosephCernuto
JosephCernuto

TEBOW TIME !!!!!! You guys thought you had the world by the a....s.  Think again

help4mac1
help4mac1

LOL, coach crash and burn in real time. 

Keats1821
Keats1821

I expected to see this move during the bye week, but looking at the Cardinals' pass defense numbers I understand the move. The Cards this week, a bye week and then the up until now weak pass defense of the Eagles before a harsh 5-week schedule beginning with the Falcons. Four weeks of preparation for the rookie.

Hello1813
Hello1813

Freeman would be wise to save as much salary as he can this season.   He isn't going to see that type of money again and probably will spend the rest of his career as a backup going from team to team.

btcvsolo
btcvsolo

Well...he can't do much worse, can he? I wish him luck...

Voiceover310
Voiceover310

It's not like Glennon can be nay worse that Freeman. I will be at the game Sunday so I hope he does well. 

Packers Stink
Packers Stink

Sadly the Glazers have lost interest in this team. Time to sell

Ciscos
Ciscos

@Kristian ~ That's going to take a pink slip from management... but I agree... the sooner he leaves the better... don't know what possessed the Bucs to hire him in the first place. Just proves 70% of NFL team management don't know squat about hiring a coach - much less evaluating one.

MatthewEugeneHaag
MatthewEugeneHaag

@Whatever Actually some desperate team like the Vikings will trade the farm for him.  Or JVille.  Hes a starter on either of those teams.  Sad but true.

PaulKelly
PaulKelly

@Whatever The Jets are desperate to move Sanchez,. Bucks have some cap room to take a spin with him for the rest of the season.

Ciscos
Ciscos

@Whatever ~ someone will trade for him. The two teams will get creative on his salary. What I'm curious about is how they handle his prorated signing bonus. Wherever he were to go now, he'd be the back up.

TerrapinStation87
TerrapinStation87

@mike77 Russell Wilson transferred from NC State to Wisconsin then took the Badgers to the Rose Bowl. Although he was the ACC Rookie of the Year for NC State, his mis most successful year came as a Badger in 2011. If you ask him where he went to college, Russell Wilson would tell you Wisconsin, as proven by a current local commercial.

BryanH
BryanH

@mike77 Michigan (Tom Brady, Chad Henne).  And who knows if Rex Ryan is crazy enough to put Mark Sanchez back in after he's healed.  Then you'd have him and Carson Palmer for USC.

Granted, labeling Sanchez and Henne "starting QBs" is very liberal use of the term.

riley8
riley8

@mike77 Guessing you meant 10%.  Manuel and Ponder went to Florida St. Pretty amazing NC State has the most starters.

Centrale1
Centrale1

@Ciscos @Kristian You don't know what possessed them? There was a long and embarrassing quest to get a better coach in there. They tried to get several other coaches, partlicularly Bill Cowher, before having to settle for Schiano.

Ciscos
Ciscos

@PaulKelly @Whatever Yeah I don't see the Bucs being in the market for Sanchez.... the primary takers for Mark are the same as Freeman... that's the Vikings and the Jags. I doubt the Jags would, but they might.  It'll jump ahead of Gus Bradley's rebuild plan, but they desperately need a QB and the question they'll need to ask themselves is if Sanchez, or Freeman for that matter are worth the jump.  Me thinks no.

As of right now, it's too early to evaluate Sanchez.  That'll have to wait until that shoulder heals.  But he's done in New York... That's great for him and great for New York.  He'll have to rework that contract to get traded, but I'm sure given everything he's been thru there, he'll do it.  Well, let's just say he should.

Kristian
Kristian

@PaulKelly @Whatever They already turned down a trade attempt for Sanchez.  Trading for him makes no sense at all and he still has some guaranteed years left on his contract.  That guy's untradeable. 

Kristian
Kristian

@Ciscos @NebojsaTodorovic Hate to undercut you guys but for $3 million I'll not only carry the clipboard, I'll lick it like a sexual object right there on the sidelines. 

Ciscos
Ciscos

@Packers Stink ~ Yup. If they want to make the jump to get him. Freeman isn't horrible, he just has a horrible coach...