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Buccaneers position review: Quarterback

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When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers went into the 2014 offseason, they needed to find a new quarterback. Mike Glennon was talked about as the quarterback of the future, but it was obvious Lovie Smith and Jason Licht weren't committed to him. Instead, they signed one-hit wonder Josh McCown in free agency, counting on him to manage an offense that was supposed to be based on the run game.

What happened in 2014

Josh McCown: 184/327 (56.3%0, 2,206 yards, 11 touchdowns, 14 interceptions, 36 sacks.

Mike Glennon: 117/203 (57.6%), 1,1417 yards, 10 touchdowns, 6 interceptions, 16 sacks.

Not surprisingly, Josh McCown turned out not to be the answer. McCown looked terrible behind a shaky offensive line, turning the ball over in every stupid way he could think of when pressured and regularly leaving points on the field. He was, quite simply, bad. He was a beat late on many of his reads, didn't display the consistent accuracy needed to move the team down the field and gave the ball to opposing players far too often.

Mike Glennon was slightly better in his five starts, but he wasn't good enough to displace McCown. Glennon suffered from many of the same problems he had as a rookie, most notably shaky accuracy and a failure to take shots down the field to open receivers.

2015 options

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hold the first overall pick in the draft and are widely expected to take either Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota. Other options are farfetched, but include signing Mark Sanchez and trading for Nick Foles -- nothing you can really rely on. Regardless, it seems obvious the team's 2015 starter is not on the roster right now.

One minor decision will be whether or not to hang on to Mike Glennon as a backup, or to trade him and keep Josh McCown instead. McCown's $5 million price tag is hefty, but he is a capable backup and Mike Glennon's contract runs out after 2016. Getting something in return for Glennon, who the Bucs' current management seems to dislike significantly, may be a better idea than just keeping him around and letting his contract run out.