Let’s compare Bucs quarterbacks Josh McCown and Mike Glennon‘s stats through four games of work this season.
Rarely do you have the opportunity to study the work of guys who’ve had about equal opportunity of snaps this soon, but a fair point must be made: Glennon’s clearly the answer right now in a “what have you done for me lately” league.
Glennon’s first full game as starter against the Pittsburgh Steelers allowed him to surpass McCown in passing yards when he threw for 302. Glennon has 423 yards through a little over a game’s worth of snaps while McCown has 420 yards through most of three games.
While McCown’s completed for a better percentage, 63.2 to 57.6, Glennon’s made better progress not only for yardage but with a 3-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio. McCown has two TDs and four INTs.
Head coach Lovie Smith‘s pick in McCown may be further in doubt as McCown is testing his thumb to see if it will need surgery. The surgery may sideline him for six weeks.
Smith’s choice is clear, go with the hot hand. The Bucs offense recovered despite offering just 64 yards of offense in the first half against the Steelers. The defense finally came through when they needed sacking Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger five times and setting up Glennon for the game-winning drive.
While it didn’t take a mental breakdown for Glennon to start this time, Sunday’s 27-24 victory was just the thing fans, players and coaches needed to keep the season from collapsing. Despite having only one victory, the Bucs are just one game back from first place in the NFC South division. They’ll be on the road facing a 1-3 team in the New Orleans Saints with more question marks than answers coming off a 38-17 thrashing at the hands of the Dallas Cowboys.
A little momentum can go a long way and if the defense is finally starting to figure things out, it can only benefit Glennon and he’s here to stay.