I don't see the big concern with Coach Schiano saying Glennon has a shot at winning the starting QB position. Our current starter is NOT the leader of the team. He's the starter at his position. That's it. Looking at the roster the previous two years, there was no competition for him whatsoever. And he still hasn't taken the title as the leader of the team though he's at the head of the offense. As the starting QB, Freeman had one good season and was anointed the "Franchise QB" title and the coaching staff put the responsibility/weight/burden of carrying the team on his shoulders and it proved too much. Coach Schiano has seen him up close and personal for a full season and apparently hasn't been won over.
The previous coach was given 3 years to prove himself with a less talented roster. There's no way any coach wouldn't explore every option to win when he realistically looks at how short of a window he has to become successful. At let's be completely honest here...Freeman isn't playing this year for a bigger contract; he's playing for an opportunity to stay employed in Tampa. That's important to recognize. He's a few bad games away from being that guy that just "flashed" top level talent.Freeman, in my honest opinion,has the first 7 games of the season to make a big impact on Schiano and the League. And they don't all have to result in Wins, but he has to put on the performances of his career to earn the right to continue playing as the starter for the BUCS. I can't see Coach Schiano taking the risk of having his 2nd year as Head Coach being marred by a QB that should be winning, but isn't. I think he'd take the chance on his guy instead and that would at least give him the leeway of the GM and owners by Glennon's being a rookie as opposed to Freeman, who would be looked at as a struggling vet.
The Buccaneers have to win this season. Period. There has to be a Playoff push. For Freeman, just getting to Playoffs may not even be enough(again..this is my opinion). The Freeman-led BUCs may need to get past the Wild Card to keep him in the big contract talks. If he's expected to be paid like a "Franchise QB", the level at which he ends this season has to be indicative of where the Franchise can be expected to be each year.
If Glennon finds his way on the field this season, he doesn't have to prove himself as "elite" or a "Franchise QB". He just has to be a game manager that doesn't literally throw away games and keep himself composed. He's a rookie. He's expected to make rookie mistakes. But he won't be allowed to be horrible or incompetent. The BUCS fans won't allow it. They'll be calling for the drafting a much more highly touted QB next year if Glennon fails to remain poised as a rookie if/when he gets the opportunity to play this season.
I've no clue what rookie QB, Mike Glennon, is capable of during this football season. Funny/Sad thing is: I've no clue what Freeman, the current starter, is capable of this upcoming season.