Mike Glennon to start over benched Josh Freeman against Arizona

Photo: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Photo: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Following a rocky, 0-3 start to the 2013 campaign, Tampa Bay head coach Greg Schiano has benched starting quarterback Josh Freeman for Sunday’s home showdown against Arizona.

A source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that rookie Mike Glennon is set to make his first career start in Freeman’s place. The former NC State star was considered one of the top young arms in the 2013 NFL Draft, but slipped to the third round. Tampa scooped him up at No. 73 overall.

“[Freeman]’s done some good things and he’s done some things that we’d like to change and he’d like to change,” Schiano said. “But it’s the whole offensive unit. We need to be more precise. We need to be coached more precisely.”

Glennon measures in at 6-foot-6 and 225 pounds. He possesses all the physical tools to succeed, but Freeman was expected to develop into a star in the Sunshine State.

It has not panned out that way for the fifth-year quarterback, however. Freeman has completed less than 50-percent of his passes and now cedes the starting job to the rookie.

Schiano’s job does not directly hinge on the performance of young Glennon, but a few wins definitely wouldn’t hurt.