Mike Glennon still plans to compete

TAMPA, Fla. -- For the moment at least, Mike Glennon has been relegated to the role of backup quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But that doesn’t mean Glennon has given up on the possibility of reclaiming the job he held for 13 games as a rookie last season.

Upon signing veteran free agent Josh McCown in March, coach Lovie Smith said McCown would start off working with the first team.

“I’m just going to go out there and compete every day and help the team win in whatever way possible,’’ Glennon said Tuesday after taking part in the second day of the team’s offseason program. “Josh has been great so far to me and it’s going to be a great opportunity to work with him every day with a guy that has so much experience like that. But, at the same time just by my nature I’m going to go out there and compete. Whatever my role may be I’m going to do it to the best of my ability and help this team win.’’

Glennon said Smith called him shortly after the Bucs signed McCown and gave him the news.

“He just said, to start out, there’s got to be a person to start that goes out with the first (team) and that person is going to be Josh,’’ Glennon said.

Glennon is the type of guy that’s going to follow the company line. But, reading between the lines of his first comments since being demoted, I got the sense he has a very strong competitive streak.

“I realized that I’m just going to have to continue to work hard and improve myself,’’ Glennon said when asked about his reaction when Smith told him McCown would open as the starter.

Glennon’s taking the right approach and really the only one that makes sense. He’s going to continue to work hard. He could have a great preseason and McCown could struggle. Or McCown could get injured.

“Lovie said it to me and he said it to the team yesterday that the best players are going to play and I don’t think that’s any different for the quarterback position,’’ Glennon said.

It’s not any different for the quarterback position. McCown starts off with the edge as the veteran, but Glennon isn’t ready to concede anything.