Bucs quarterback Mike Glennon staying positive despite losing job to Josh McCown

Anwar S. Richardson
April 8, 2014

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon must wake up each day wondering what he did wrong.

Glennon was a third-round draft pick who was forced to start after three games last season because of a rift between former coach Greg Schiano and quarterback Josh Freeman. The rookie finished with 2,608 passing yards, 19 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He was the quarterback on just about anyone's all-rookie team from last season. With one season under his belt, Glennon could have improved this offseason.

Bucs coach Lovie Smith had other plans.

Smith signed former Bears quarterback Josh McCown during free agency, and immediately announced his new acquisition would start in 2014. As if getting demoted was not bad enough, Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater had a pre-draft visit with Tampa Bay on Monday, and Smith previously attended the pro day workout of UCF quarterback Blake Bortles. If Tampa Bay selects a quarterback, Glennon could find himself battling to remain on the roster during training camp.

Despite Glennon’s rapid descent, even though he hasn't done anything to deserve it this offseason, he intends to continue battling this offseason.

"I’m just going to go out there and compete every day and help the team win in whatever way possible," Glennon told ESPN’s Pat Yasinkas on Tuesday. "Josh has been great so far to me and it’s going to be a great opportunity to work with him every day with a guy that has so much experience like that. But, at the same time just by my nature I’m going to go out there and compete. Whatever my role may be I’m going to do it to the best of my ability and help this team win."

Glennon should not feel too bad about his current situation.

Smith has released guard Davin Joseph, left tackle Donald Penn and cornerback Darrelle Revis since being hired earlier this year. He has also traded receiver Mike Williams and guard Jeremy Zuttah. Smith’s motto seemingly is, “It’s not personal, it’s business.” Glennon’s demotion is strictly a business decision by Smith.

At least Glennon still has a positive attitude.

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Anwar S Richardson is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at NFLAnwar@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!