Overview: Quarterbacks

TAMPA, Fla. -- We continue our series of position-by-position overviews with the quarterbacks.

Looking back: Things got very ugly between Josh Freeman and Greg Schiano early in the season. Freeman was benched after three games and released after four. That put rookie Mike Glennon in a less-than-ideal situation. But, given the circumstances, Glennon played about as well as could be expected. It didn’t help that the offensive line wasn’t playing well and injuries forced the Bucs to use backups at running back, wide receiver and tight end.

Looking ahead: The biggest decision the new coaching staff will make this offseason will be on Glennon. Is he the long-term answer? Should he be replaced or at least given competition for the starting job? That’s what coach Lovie Smith and offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford have to decide. My honest opinion is that Glennon did some good things in his rookie season and at least deserves a chance to compete for the job. If Smith and Tedford are sold on Glennon, they could bring back veteran backup Dan Orlovsky. If they’re not totally sold on Glennon, an upgrade in depth at this position is likely.