TAMPA — The days of asking a young quarterback to perfect his craft while working behind an established veteran for a year or two are pretty much a thing of the past in the NFL.
In Tampa, though, it seems second-year quarterback Mike Glennon will be asked to do just that.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith said again on Tuesday that Glennon is the Bucs’ quarterback of the future, though it may be a couple of years before Glennon realizes that future.
“I made it clear right away that Josh McCown is our starter, which he is,” Smith said during an interview on WDAE (620 AM). “And hopefully for quite a few years he will be.
“And I said I really like Mike Glennon. Mike’s a young player coming up. In an ideal situation you don’t want young players to have to come in and start right away, you want them to be around an established veteran.”
McCown, 34, who played the past three seasons in Chicago, signed a two-year, $10 million contract with the Bucs as a free agent in March. He was named the starter going into offseason workouts.
“This is the best situation for Mike Glennon to be in,” Smith said. “He is our quarterback of the future. He will play for us some day and he’ll play good football. But there’s a progression you have to go through.”
Smith first referred to Glennon as the Bucs’ quarterback of the future Thursday after the team passed on quarterback Johnny Manziel and selected wide receiver Mike Evans with its first pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
Glennon, a third-round pick in 2013 by the Bucs out of North Carolina State, started 13 games as a rookie, throwing 19 touchdowns and nine interceptions.