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Bucs QB Glennon plans to push McCown

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Second-year quarterback Mike Glennon plans to push veteran Josh McCown for the starting job with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2014.

Glennon started 13 games as a rookie and had 19 touchdowns and nine interceptions after replacing Josh Freeman atop the Tampa Bay depth chart. When coach Greg Schiano and general manager Mark Dominik were fired at the end of the season, Glennon expected competition.

It came in the form of journeyman McCown, who played well in spot starter duty with the Chicago Bears during Jay Cutler's absence for groin and ankle injuries.

Glennon told the Tampa Bay Times that new head coach Lovie Smith called to break the news.

"He just said, 'to start out, there's got to be a person to start that goes out with the first group first and that person is Josh," Glennon said.

McCown signed a two-year, $10 million deal, choosing the Buccaneers following multiple visits, including to the Arizona Cardinals where he would have been a backup to Carson Palmer. But Smith, who said publicly the franchise wasn't ready to fully commit to Glennon, promised McCown the chance to win the starting job in the first year of a massive roster overhaul with the Buccaneers.

"There's definitely some things I can work on but I think overall I played well for the situation at hand and something to really build on. At a young age and everything -- age doesn't matter at this level because the bottom line is you have to win -- but overall I felt I played well," Glennon said. "Some things I have to work on? Just continuing to develop as an NFL quarterback and maybe make some better decisions here and there, work on my feet, work on throwing under pressure -- all the things that all NFL quarterbacks are working on."

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