The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have benched quarterback Josh Freeman, replacing him with rookie, Mike Glennon, according to multiple sources.
“This league is about finding a franchise quarterback, and with Josh’s roller-coaster career, we don’t feel he’s that guy,” a team source said.
Coach Greg Schiano and general manager Mark Dominik met with the fifth-year QB Wednesday morning and told him that the rookie Glennon, would start in their Sunday home game against the Arizona Cardinals.
Freeman has been struggling since the beginning of the season. He helped lead Tampa Bay to 0-3 start, completing a league-worst, 45.3 percent of his passes, and throwing only two touchdowns and two interceptions.
“The main thing for us was the performance of the team the last nine games was 1-8 and that’s tough,” Dominik told the press Wednesday. “He hasn’t played well. That’s a part of it. If you don’t have a quarterback in this league, you don’t have a shot. We felt like we’d seen enough of what we needed to see.”
“The reason we did it now is that we have a home game this week,” Dominik said. “We have a bye the next week and then we have a home game coming out of the bye. Our thought process was like, ‘Hey look, some people make the change at the bye week.’ We felt it was better for Mike that he has a game he can learn from for two weeks, he can go back and watch. This way he’s not just waiting to play.”