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Buccaneers coach: "No quarterback controversy"

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a quarterback controversy, even if their quarterbacks coach doesn't want to acknowledge it.

Gregory Shamus

If you ask anyone, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a quarterback controversy: Josh McCown is recovering from a thumb injury, while Mike Glennon has outplayed him. But the team is refusing to commit to Glennon or McCown as a starter.

One person disagrees that this is a quarterback controversy: the team's quarterbacks coach and de facto offensive coordinator, Marcus Arroyo.

We still don't know who's going to start on Sunday against the Vikings, let alone past this week. There are some hints, though: neither McCown nor Glennon was named a starter, but Mike Glennon was the one who held the weekly quarterback press conference. McCown's been practicing, but Marcus Arroyo noted that he was still improving -- not that he was fully healed.  And Rick Stroud expects Mike Glennon to start.

Still, though, calling this "not a quarterback controversy" while not actually announcing a starter is surreal, or delusional. It may just be PR spin to mess with the opposing team's preparations, but this is how you create a controversy: by having two quarterbacks and not committing to either one as the starter. There's nothing wrong with that, if the two are somewhat similar, but you can't really pretend that this is not a controversy.