TAMPA — Mike Glennon will likely start at quarterback for the Bucs again Sunday against the Ravens, but what happens after that remains uncertain.
Coach Lovie Smith sidestepped a question Monday about whether he has seen enough from Glennon to anoint him as the starter over veteran Josh McCown, whenever McCown returns from a thumb injury.
"I don't know why we have to go there right now," Smith said.
Glennon has completed 57-of-98 passes for 672 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions since McCown left the Atlanta game Sept. 18 with a ligament tear in his right thumb. Glennon also led the winning drive at Pittsburgh on Sept. 28.
Before the injury, McCown was 43-for-68 for 420 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions. The Bucs brought in McCown during the offseason to be the starter.
McCown has said his thumb is improving and that he hopes to avoid surgery, though he hasn't thrown a football yet.
"This is what I'll say about Mike: Mike has played two great games," Smith said. "Odds are Mike will start for us this week. He's had two opportunities to play, and he's played well.
"But we go from day to day. Right now we need to get our football team better. The quarterback position isn't one that I'm really concerned about."
Seeing yellow: Smith said he was surprised and disappointed in the number of penalties the Bucs had Sunday in an overtime loss at New Orleans — 15, including 10 in the second half.
"Normally one team doesn't get penalized 15 times and the other six," Smith said, "so there's a lot of stuff going on."
Some of them, Smith said, are easily correctable, like the two penalties for excessive celebration. Smith said the Bucs have to stop the others, too, which are becoming a trend. The Bucs' 42 penalties are tied with the Jets for fifth-most in the league.
On further review: The Bucs couldn't catch a break late in the final minute of regulation, when Saints QB Drew Brees fired a pass to WR Marques Colston. Bucs S Major Wright knocked the ball away, and the play was ruled an incompletion.
Officials didn't review the play to see whether Colston caught the ball and fumbled — which would have resulted in a recovery by LB Lavonte David.
Smith said sending a complaint to the league office was low on his list of priorities, though he thought the play should have been ruled a fumble.
"That was one of them that could have gone either way," Smith said.
This and that: Smith said the Bucs had a few minor issues but no major injuries Sunday. He said he expects the team to get a few injured players back this week but typically doesn't get into specifics until later in the week. … Smith called WR Vincent Jackson (eight catches, 144 yards) one of the bright spots Sunday and said he earned an A grade in film evaluation.
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