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TAMPA, Fla. -- Less than five seasons are declaring Josh Freeman was the future of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the struggling franchise is tying its hopes to another rookie quarterback. Coach Greg Schiano benched Freeman in favour of untested Mike Glennon, two days after insisting the former first-round draft pick remained the starter because he gave the Bucs the best chance to win. On Wednesday, Schiano said several times Glennon now gives the Bucs the best chance to win. The coach said he changed his mind after meeting Tuesday with general manager Mark Dominik, and later discussing the situation with ownership -- which signed off on the move. "This is a performance-based decision," Schiano said after practice Wednesday. "Were not getting the job done on the field." The winless Bucs have lost their first three games, two on field goals in the closing seconds. Freeman has completed just 45.7 per cent of his passes for 571 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. Dating to last season, theyve dropped eight and nine games, and the offence hasnt played well throughout the stretch. "There are a lot of reasons for it. Its not just one guy," Schiano said of Freeman, the franchise career completions leader who is in the final year of the contract he signed as a rookie. "Buts thats a critical piece of it. ... The quarterback touches the ball every play." The Bucs did not make Freeman, whos 24-35 as a starter, available for interviews. Glennon was drafted in the third round out of North Carolina State, where he spent part of his college career as a backup to Russell Wilson. He will make his first pro start Sunday at home against Arizona. The 23-year-old did not make a push to unseat Freeman during the preseason, however he feels hes continued to grow while riding the bench and is ready to make the next step. "This is what I prepared my whole life for. Im excited about it. Cant wait," Glennon said. "Ive prepared ever since I can remember. Growing up, this is what I dreamed of doing, this is what I worked for. Im really excited about it." Glennon ran a pro-style offence at North Carolina State, and both he and Schiano believe that experience will help him. "I have five years of an NFL-like offence under my belt. Not the same terminology, not the exact same plays, but as an 18-year-old, I was running NFL concepts," the rookie said. "You watch college football, and thats not as common nowadays. So I was very fortunate." At 6-foot-6, Glennon is slightly taller than Freeman but lacks the overall size (248 pounds), strength and mobility of the player hes replacing. Schiano is confident, though, that Glennon can manage the offence and is capable of making all the throws necessary to be a successful pro. "Im not going to get into comparisons with what Josh can do, and what (Glennon) can do," Schiano said. "What I will tell you is that Mike is a smart, tough football player. I think he works extremely hard, I think he will go out and try to do what were coaching him to do," Schiano said. "Youre not going to be perfect, no one is. But I think hes going to try to do it to his ability, which is what were asking him to do in the game plan." The Bucs need an offensive jolt. After setting single-season team records for passing yards and points scored in 2012, Tampa Bay has scored just three offensive touchdowns through three games -- none in the past seven quarters. Freemans completion percentage and quarterback rating (59.3) are last in the league, and Tampa Bays had trouble scoring points despite having proven playmakers in running back Doug Martin and receivers Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams. The fifth-year pro, once touted by Dominik as a franchise quarterback, has thrown for four TDs vs. 12 interceptions in the last six games. "Its not the end of his career. Hes got a lot of football left," guard Davin Joseph said, while also expressing confidence in Glennon taking over. "Starting quarterback is a hard job to keep and a hard job to get," Joseph added, "and I think Mike is up to the challenge." The switch caps a tumultuous month in which Freeman missed a team photo shoot on Labor Day, was not voted a team captain for the first time in three years and refuted reports that he was seeking a trade. Throw in his quarterback rating and completion percentage, plus a couple of last-second losses in games in which he and the offence did not perform well, and hes back on the bench. And, perhaps headed out of Tampa Bay, with the trade deadline being five weeks away. Its been a gradual, but consistent slide toward his possible exit. Freeman became the first 4,000-yard passer in team history last season, but his inconsistency down the stretch contributed to the Bucs losing five of final 6 games to finish 7-9 and miss the playoffs for the fifth straight year. The 25-year-old Freeman was the third quarterback selected in the 2009 draft behind Mark Sanchez and Matthew Stafford. He made his first NFL start -- a win against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers -- after Tampa Bay began his rookie season with seven consecutive losses. The former Kansas State star followed with a breakout season in 2010, when the Bucs went 10-6 but failed to make the playoffs. Freeman threw for 25 touchdowns and just six interceptions that year, and the future appeared bright -- for him, the team and former coach Raheem Morris. Inconsistent play has dogged him and the Bucs since. Morris was fired after going 4-12 in 2011, leaving Freeman to learn his third offensive system in four seasons when Schiano was hired last year. 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Wheeler scored at 4:58 of overtime, with Scheifele getting an assist, and the Jets beat the slumping Colorado Avalanche 2-1 on Sunday night.BELLEVILLE, Ont. -- Mikhail Grabovskis only real link to the Washington Capitals has come in the form of text messages from Alex Ovechkin. "He always tries to help me, texts me messages and tries (to) explain to me about the area in Washington," Grabovski said. The former Maple Leafs centre doesnt know much about the city he signed in because visa issues have prevented him from joining his new team. Trapped in limbo in Toronto, Grabovski has been happy to spend more time with his family but is also eager to begin a new chapter of his career with the Capitals. Grabovski was so eager that he made the almost-200-kilometre drive to Belleville to skate with his new teammates Saturday morning before their pre-season opener against the Winnipeg Jets. It was at least a brief chance to get acclimated to a team thats still unfamiliar to him with the start of the regular season less than three weeks away. "(Im) a little bit frustrated but Im not worried because I know they make for me visa, so everything (is) going to be fine," Grabovski said. "Im just excited to see the guys today. Im very happy to be here." Skating at Yardmen Arena represented another high in an up-and-down few months for the 29-year-old, who signed a one-year, US$3-million deal with the Capitals in late August. Earlier in the off-season, the Maple Leafs bought Grabovski out of the final four seasons of a five-year, $27.5-million contract, just before he got married and went on his honeymoon. Grabovski has since expressed a desire to move on from his tenure in Toronto, which ended with some critical comments about coach Randy Carlyle. Not being able to join the Capitals yet is delaying that process. "New scenery, you want to get off to a great start and a visa issue kind of derails you," coach Adam Oates said. "Youve got to feel for him." Grabovskis not asking for sympathy, though. He would like to be in Washingtons camp but is making the most of some extra time in a placee he called "kind of my hometown.dddddddddddd" "I train myself and just work out (in the) gym and just spend time with my family," he said. "I kind of lost days in the summer, so it was a little bit (of a) gift to my family." Grabovskis gift to the Capitals would be replacing Mike Ribeiro as their second-line centre. Before he can do that, though, he has to practice. For now, Grabovski and the team are waiting for his visa to get taken care of. They hope the problem will be settled on Monday so he can get to Washington and begin trying to fit in. "I think hes very excited and he feels kind of, when you come to new group, little shaky," Ovechkin said. "But Im sure the guys and myself are going to treat him well and hes going to feel much better. " Once Grabovski gets to camp, hell have an adjustment to make. But its not an entirely new process. "Its not my first time I play for a different team," said Grabovski, who was traded from the Montreal Canadiens to the Maple Leafs in July 2008. "But its always new people and new characters. But its a good experience for me. I (am) always looking forward and enjoy this moment. Its the time of life when you just have a good experience." The Capitals would like to make it a good experience for Grabovski, and Oates figures hell get into five pre-season games to build up some familiarity with linemates. Saturday was just a quick introduction because Grabovski wasnt able to fly back with the Capitals or even play against the Jets. "Its obviously short," goaltender Braden Holtby said. "We havent really got to know him yet, but its nice to have all the pieces in place." Itll be nicer for Grabovski once he can put on a Capitals jersey day after day and feel like a part of the team. "Its just tough to come to a new team and new partners," he said. "But after first ice, everythings good right now and I feel comfortable." ' ' '

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