TAMPA — Josh McCown, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ quarterback of the present, has only been working alongside Mike Glennon, the quarterback of the future, for a couple of months.
In that brief stretch of time, though, McCown detected traits in Glennon that may have warranted coach Lovie Smith’s decision to label Glennon as McCown’s eventual successor.
“I just like his skill set,’’ McCown said of Glennon during a break from workouts at One Buc Place this week. “I just think he throws the ball well. His arm strength is obviously well above average, and he can spin it, he can really spin it.
“He’s a hard worker and he loves football, and you have to have (love the game) at that position. And he’s intelligent. So all of those things kind of encompass it, and it’s really just a matter of time for him.’’
Earlier this week, Smith reiterated the claim he made during the NFL draft last Thursday that Glennon is the Bucs’ quarterback of the future. When Glennon will take over, though, remains unclear.
Smith said he believes Glennon is in “an ideal situation’’ working behind McCown, because McCown’s experience and presence will give him the chance to learn behind a good mentor.
That mentor believes Glennon already learned a lot last year, when he was tossed into the starting lineup in Week 4 and forced to run an offense that deteriorated around him as the season progressed.
“I haven’t watched any film from last year, but I look at some of the things he was able to do and how he was able to find some successful moments in a tough situation, and those are things you can’t teach,’’ McCown said.
“You have to kind of guide yourself through that and deal with a tough situation, and I think all of that combined bodes very well for Mike and the career he is going to have. Because all of the little things that have happened along the way are going to help him be a really good player.”