Bucs' Mike Glennon gracefully accepts demotion

TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon stood at his locker and said all the right things Wednesday.

Although he admitted he was disappointed with the team’s decision to bench him and go with Josh McCown as the starting quarterback, Glennon isn’t the type to rock the boat.

“I’m not going to let it bother my confidence," Glennon said. “I know what I’m capable of doing. I know what I can do physically, so I’m just going to go out there and prepare and get ready for another shot."

It remains to be seen if that next shot will come with the Bucs. At one time, coach Lovie Smith said Glennon was the team’s quarterback of the future. But his benching creates some obvious doubt. Glennon said his future wasn’t discussed when he met with Smith and quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo.

“They just said they wanted to go back to Josh and hope that he provides a spark to our team," Glennon said.

McCown was signed in the offseason and immediately named the starter over Glennon, who started 13 games as a rookie last season. But McCown injured his thumb in the third game of the season and that elevated Glennon to the starting lineup. He threw for 10 touchdowns with six interceptions and the Bucs went 1-4 in the games Glennon started this season. Glennon said he’ll continue to prepare the same way he always has.

“It was not what I was expecting, but it’s part of the game," Glennon said. “I’m just going to help the team in whatever way I can. Last time this happened, two and a half games in, I was playing again. So you never know what’s going to happen."