Rookie quarterback Mike Glennon provided some refreshing optimism near the end of his rookie campaign. Unfortunately, the former North Carolina State quarterback will watching from the sideline as a guy from the Windy City named Josh McCown comes to town. One thing Glennon and McCown have in common is that they were both drafted in the third-round. Thing is McCown is more fit for the job after what he did during Cutler's absence during the 2013 regular season. It's a tough break for Glennon. Glennon took Russell Wilson's job at N.C. State before Wilson transferred to Wisconsin. Your predecessor from college has a Lombardi Trophy and you've already been demoted to second string. Now who has the last laugh Glennon?
Josh McCown came to Tampa Bay for one reason. To make the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a contender. He's already built great team chemistry with wide receivers Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans. Running backs Doug Martin and Bobby Rainey both look good in training camp so far. Austin Seferian-Jenkins is picking things up, but not on the same pace as Jackson or Evans. Still, you get the sense that Seferian-Jenkins may have a higher ceiling than Bears tight end Martellus Bennett.
There is less pressure on McCown to win in Tampa Bay then there is on Cutler to triumph in Chicago. The Buccaneers' offensive line stinks. Anthony Collins was a backup left tackle in Cincinnati. The right side of the offensive line is an abomination, and to top that off you released Carl Nicks, a guy that was once a stud left guard for Brees on a Super Bowl 44 squad. There is much less pressure on McCown to win with this offensive line. The other reason I trust him more than Cutler is because he made good choices with a weak offensive line in Chicago last season.
Cutler only had one season where he threw less than ten interceptions. That was his 2011 season where his campaign was canceled due to a season-ending injury. He now has a formidable pass protection. Jermon Bushrod was Drew Brees blindside in New Orleans. Jordan Mills only allowed 3 sacks at right tackle. You brought in Matt Slauson from the New York Jets at left guard. The aging Olin Kreutz from the crappy NFLshop.com commercials is still Cutler's center and 2013 first-round pick Kyle Long will enter his second season as a full-time starter at the right guard position.
Tampa Bay has a chance to make a good first impression by defeating the Carolina Panthers at home in week 1. Without any offensive tackles or a potent receiving game, I think the Buccaneers can come into Raymond James Stadium and make a statement against their NFC South division rival on September 7th. Defeating a team like the Panthers will give the Bucs more confidence moving forward. Defeating last year's division champion at home on week 1 of the NFL season can give you that worst to first confidence that some teams acquire each season. Whether the Buccaneers emerge victorious in week 1 will be up to a thirty five-year-old named Josh McCown.
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