Jameis Winston showed up in Tampa Bay last offseason with high expectations, a considerable amount of scrutiny and a lot of Bucs fans wondering if the organization might have the franchise quarterback they have been searching for over their 40-year NFL history. After one season, many think Winston is the real deal and will eventually get the Bucs back into the playoffs for the first time since 2007.
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Former starter Mike Glennon deserves some of the credit for Winston’s success, and the former FSU star will be the first to say so. But what might surprise some is, if you ask Glennon, he says Winston has helped him become a better quarterback as well.
“He has been great ever since he has gotten here,” Glennon said. “I am a veteran, but I think I can take some things from everyone. I can learn from Jameis, or even Ryan (Griffin) and Dan (LeFevour). Some of us are better in certain areas of our game than others so we can all take things from each other. And Jameis is a great example of that. Not only with the way he plays, but the way he leads among other things. So I try and help him out as much as I can, and I think without me even asking questions I learn things from him just watching him play and act.”
While most are expecting the Bucs to lose Glennon to free agency next spring, general manager Jason Licht told PewterReport.com that the former N.C. State standout is the consummate professional about the situation and there is no animosity.
“I think if you talk to Mike about Jameis he’s beaming,” Licht said. “He doesn’t have any objections. He doesn’t think he should be starting ahead of Jameis. He gets it.”
Quarterback coach Mike Bajakian earlier this year also raved about Glennon’s work ethic and willingness to help Winston’s development.
“He’s been phenomenal in the meeting room, helping Jameis adjust to being a pro, to the mental preparation that’s involved on a week-to-week basis,” Bajakian said. “Mike’s been around the block. He’s been a part of several different offenses. He’s very intelligent and I’m excited to have him on this team.”
“I think the world of Mike, and I’ve said that since Day One. He is an unbelievable professional. He’s unbelievably talented – Mike can definitely start (for) a lot of teams in this league. Not just start, but start and have very good success. I truly believe that. I’m excited to have him, because if anything happens to Jameis (Winston), I feel we have a guy who can come in and execute at a very, very high level.”
Glennon is very competitive and confident in his abilities and most likely is looking forward to competing for a starting job elsewhere by this time next year. But in the mean time he is taking what he can from Winston, while also giving some back.
“Our personalities are definitely different but at the same time you can take some of the things he says and how the guys react to it,” Glennon said. “For sure two different personalities but there are still things I can grab from him. Like me being a little more passionate and he can grab from me being a little calmer sometimes. So I think we have a good balance of each other and can take things from each other.”
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at email@example.com
I think Glennon said it best when he said ” their personalities are very different” yes, and that’s been your problem while Winston is a fiery leader with moxy and the willingness to take hits and sacrifice his body, Glennon is the opposite of what I just said about Winston. Glennon with his “Bambi” like demeanor and buckles under one pass rusher in the back field while in the pocket so until he corrects this problem he will never succeed in the NFL.
Jon I have said all along Glennon is a better than ever average back up, but nothing more. He can’t fix it either because he just lacks the footwork, speed, and athleticism to move around. He also is not very fiery like you said. I really don’t understand this narrative of we will certainly lose him in free agency? Nobody has shown any real interest in taking him as a starter. If he’s not a starter then why the hell cant the Bucs keep him as a backup? You really think someone is going to pony up so much in free agency that Bucs wouldn’t be able or willing to to match? I don’t.
Maybe there is a team that isn’t looking for a starter, but a solid backup and willing to pay for him.
Why wouldn’t the Bucs do the same? Depends on the offer and whether they think they have another solid backup that won’t be leaving in free agency. Rumors, rumors, rumors!
Thanks for the interesting read macabee, you always seem to provide insightful articles and stories to your posts.
In contrast, other readers just post biased opinions which aren’t based on anything other than their prejudicial eyesight.
Such is the case with jongruden and fredster.
I don’t know if Glennon will ever succeed as a starter in the NFL since he only has one full season of games under his belt.
I know I have seen Glennon dodge more than one rusher without “buckling” and his footwork in the pocket is fine. He wasn’t drafted to be an RG III.
I do agree he needs to be more fiery and be a more commanding leader. By the same token, Glennon was right when he said Winston needs to stay more composed in game situations and not let his emotions take control of him.
The game against the Rams was an example of this.
As for no one wanting him, the only thing we knew is no one wanted his for a No. 2 pick which was apparently the asking price.
It was noted in the article that the Cowboys “allegedly” have a standing offer out on Glennon.
Drdneast – when you agree with some one then he knows everything and when you don’t agree with that person than he is an idiot. How nice it is to always be right.
Here are the facts Glennon was our starter and we saw enough to know he is not our future so we drafted Winston, other fact while this was not a deep draft for qb’s we didn’t even get a 4th rounder for a qb in his last yr of his contract so obviously Fredster knows what the Bucs know and the rest of the NFL Knows
Glennon has had to deal with few weapons, poor protection, and a constant turnover of schemes and coaching. He’s handled it as well as could be expected. I hope he stays with the Bucs, it wish him well if he doesn’t.
I believe that when a suitable offer is made from a QB depleted team if Licht is convinced that Ryan Griffin is adequate, a trade will be made. If not, no big whoop.
Well said 1sparkybuc Well said.
I don’t think you are an idiot jongruden but I do believe you exaggerate to the extreme and are also prejudiced against certain players no matter how well they do their assigned jobs.
I wish I was always right but I know I have stated I was wrong on a couple of occasions out here.
Still, I’m sorry if you feel like an idiot, perhaps the name of a good therapist in the metropolitan Phoenix area who specializes in self esteem rebuilding would be of help.
Let me know if I can assist in directing you to one.
“Exaggerate”? like when I said “Stocker sucks because he has less than 100 receiving in two yrs”? Yes, I guess I can see why you think that ha paleeeze
So, why wouldn’t the Bucs pull the trigger on a potential trade with Dallas before letting him go in FA next spring? …and, if he does go and he ends up starting somewhere else, how is the compensation picked determined? Is it the size of the contract? Could it be a third rounder next year?
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