Greg Schiano 'not against' Mike Glennon winning Buccaneers QB job

The Buccaneers spent a third-round pick on NC State quarterback Mike Glennon, despite having a "franchise" quarterback in Josh Freeman on the roster. It was just the latest piece of evidence indicating the Bucs don't really have a ton of faith in Freeman.

Bucs coach Greg Schiano isn't really helping the situation, either, when he throws out quotes that seem to undermine Freeman's status. Like, for instance, saying he's "not against" Glennon winning the Bucs' starting job in 2013.

"But our situation will be only if he’s needed,” Schiano told Dan Pompei of the National Football Post when asked about Glennon. “Or if he wins the job. Look, I’m not against that. We have a starting quarterback. It’s not like we’re looking to find a starter. But competition is competition. Mike Glennon is a fierce competitor. I knew that when he was coming out of high school. Now being able to work with him a little, you can see it on the practice field."

Look, Schiano's been very careful to emphasize that "Josh Freeman is our quarterback" ever since he said he planned on evaluating every position on the team once 2012 ended.

He's gone out of his way to make sure people know the Bucs are happy with Freeman under center, but perhaps it's a doth-protest-too-much situation? Drafting Glennon in the third round doesn't exactly make you think he's in love with Freeman. And neither do reports the Bucs have no interest in discussing an extension with the former first-round pick.

Schiano also told Pompei he thinks Glennon "can play quickly" and you can take that for whatever it's worth.

The Bucs are in a pretty good situation right now, though. They have at minimum a year to let Glennon -- who I believe, as you can see in the video above, will be a good NFL starter -- sit and learn. If Freeman really steps up his game, they can either franchise tag him or sign him to an extension. That buys them at least another season with Glennon learning.

If Freeman falters in 2013 and the Buccaneers aren't winning games early, Schiano has the option of turning to the rookie and seeing how he looks in live game action.

You don't even have to read between the lines to understand that it wouldn't be that shocking of a move.

CBS Sports Senior Writer

Will Brinson joined CBS Sports in 2010 and enters his seventh season covering the NFL for CBS. He previously wrote for FanHouse along with myriad other Internet sites. A North Carolina native who lives... Full Bio

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