Tampa Bay quarterback Mike Glennon gave a damning indictment of himself and the offense following the team’s 22-17 loss at Cleveland, which sunk the Bucs to 1-7 on the season.
“Outside of two games we are down to the two-minute drill every time,” Glennon said. “That’s eight games. In six games we’ve gone to two-minute and we’ve only made the most of it on one. We need to do better in those situations.”
Glennon has presided over four of those close finishes, and has produced Tampa Bay’s lone victory. But the second-year quarterback and the offense have come up short on three other occasions, including in Sunday’s loss to the Browns in which the Bucs’ drive stalled at the Cleveland 47 trailing by five points.
“We had two and a half minutes left to go 40 yards or so,” said Glennon, who completed 17-of-33 passes (51.5 percent) for 260 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. “It was a good start [with 31-yard throw to Evans], but we need to finish better.”
The Bucs got down to the Cleveland 37 after a 9-yard reception by rookie wide receiver Mike Evans, who had a career-high seven catches for 124 yards, including two 24-yard scores. But on second-and-1 and third-and-1 situations, Glennon misfired on two throws, which caused Bucs head coach Lovie Smith to second-guess Marcus Arroyo’s play-calling.
“Yes, whole lot of thought,” Smith said. “Probably should have [run the ball]. We would like to have a couple of those calls back.”
On fourth-and-1 from the Cleveland 37, Glennon hit Evans for a 9-yard gain, but the rookie receiver was called for offensive pass interference, which cost the Bucs 10 yards. Glennon’s throw to tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins was incomplete.
But those weren’t Glennon’s worst throws. He had two awful picks in the first half that cost the Buccaneers an opportunity for points. Tampa Bay outgained Cleveland 228-126 yards at halftime, but only had a 10-9 lead, which was its first lead of the season.
“The two picks in the first half were not good at all,” Glennon said. “Should have been potentially two touchdowns – throws I need to make. Just bad plays right there. Who knows what the outcome would have been if I [hadn’t] made those. Other than that, I thought we did some good things on offense. We ran the ball and the offensive line played really well with protection and the run game. We really got after them. I don’t think we punted once in the first half. Just frustrated with myself for those two picks early in the game.”
Glennon’s first interception was a tipped pass that was caught by Browns safety Donte Whitner after the ball was underthrown to Evans, who had a step on cornerback Joe Haden. Glennon’s second pick, which was even worse, was on an overthrown pass to Evans in the red zone that was intercepted in the end zone by free safety Tashaun Gipson.
“Those two turnovers – one was in the red zone so we had at least three points out of it and the other should have been a touchdown if I had just laid it out there for him,” Glennon said. “We also hit a lot of good throws, too. Just those two costly throws … we’re in the game. I just have to make those two.”
Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith voiced his displeasure with Glennon’s costly picks in his post-game press conference.
“The turnovers we had – we got the ball and then turned the ball right over – good football teams don’t do that,” Smith said. “We’re not a good football team. It’s as simple as that. We’re not a good football team right now. I think that’s fairly obvious.”
Glennon’s interceptions, and the fact that he is 1-4 in his five starts this season – including three straight losses – could lead to Smith going back to veteran quarterback Josh McCown, whose sprained thumb has nearly healed. Glennon has completed 117-of-203 passes (57.6 percent) for 1,417 yards with 10 touchdowns and six interceptions.
“We would like to have those takeaways away,” Smith said. “You have to protect the football, it’s as simple as that. Those were big, especially after a turnover. You can’t give it right back to them. Mike made some good plays throughout, but not good enough.”
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The season would have been a lot more fun if the Bucs had drafted Johnny… remember people, football is about entertainment… are you entertained?
Please don’t call to replace him with McCown. So now it’s Glennon fault PR? How about Special Teams? How about the Penalties? I think that had a lot to do with the out come of this game.
McCown stinks too, but that doesn’t make Glennon any good. If you want to know why it would be Glenn’s fault you should have watched the game, it was self explanatory.
I’m not mad at Glennon, he is what he is! As a matter of fact, I’m stoked about the possibilities as we enter next years draft. There should be no doubt about the corrective actions to be taken.
Not to sound like a broken record but unless/until we fix the OL this franchise is going nowhere. Our WRs can’t separate, unless you count jumping two and a half feet into the air separation. Wheter that’s their limitation or they need more time, I cant tell. But no matter who the QB is, he needs time to throw. we need to establish the core of the line or we’ll never get over the hump. If Lovie puts a Freeman, excuse me, McCown back in, that will only confirm how clueless he is. Sigh
It’s not much different than last week, Glennon are who I thought he were. Glennon had better protection this week than last week and still only threw for 51.5 percent. Glennon stepped up in the pocket more often, but still didn’t when it counted most. The OT’s push the outside pass rushers around to the back and Glennon so often has dropped back to that spot and waits for someone to get open instead of stepping up from that drop back point while continuing to look downfield like most of the other starting NFL QB’s do. Glennon is making a bad O-line look worse. I don’t care who starts at QB this year because one isn’t better overall than the other. So long as we find a way to draft Mariota in next year’s draft it doesn’t matter who plays this year. Unfortunately Oakland is still worse than us and Carr is not looking like a good QB thus far (glad we didn’t draft him) so right now it looks like Oakland will take Mariota 1st overall. Come on Oakland, win some games!
“We’re not a good football team. I thnk that’s fairly obvious”….if it didn’t hurt so much I would laugh…..
The OL is looking better because our Tennessee TE is blocking from the FB position for the RB and he protected Glennon on passes too. Rainey is much better than Martin but he needs to get relieved by Sims to stay fresh the way the Gators whipped Georgia. I did not need to watch Glennon play this year to learn that he chokes under pressure. I have been saying he is a loser even before the Preseason and if Lovie knew anything about Offense we wouldn’t have even started Glennon this week if at all this season. Josh is no Franchise QB but he doesn’t run out of bounds like a girlyman the way skittish Glennon always does. No Josh scores touchdowns with his feet. He needs to start the rest of our games! Next year draft a franchise QB or hire Tebo who is a proven winner in the NFL anytime he has been made an NFL starter. Good analysis PR!
With a halfway decent QB, Mike Evans would have had four TDs in this game. VJax continues to drop passes in critical situations. The O-line is showing some improvement now that the season is more than half over. We MUST draft the best QB available in the draft, which should be one of the top college QBs since we’ll be picking in the top five or so…Mariota I’m hoping.
I thought the offensive line played much better for both the run and the pass. We even had a Kevin Panphile sighting. What I don’t understand is why Glennon is given poor O-line play as an excuse but McCown is offered no such concession. We’re all hopeful that #8 can become the elite QB we want for this team….but after 1-1/2 seasons of watching him make few mistakes but also make few plays, I think we all know what we have there. For now, I’d like to experience a few wins this last half of the season. If that means giving Glennon a baseball hat and a clipboard and going back to the original plan at QB, then let’s start this week. I know this, with McCown or Owlykat’s Tebo under center, we can’t be any worse than the 32nd offensive ranking in the league we are now.
Scubog Glennon used to only make a few mistakes, lately he’s making them every game! I hear you’d like a few wins this season but i got to tell you yesterday I was glad we fell short. I’m tired of picking 3rd to 7, I want the first pick in the draft. I want the Bucs to be talked about for something, I want some attention. Will they take, Mariota, will it be Florida’s own Winston? I feel like the ugliest girl at the dance, and no one will talk to me. Ahh but with the first over all pick we’ll be the subject of much speculation. I need some attention. We need to be number one at something, hopefully we will in April. Please spare me the you’re not a real fan if you want you’re team to lose. I want them to win the one thing they actually have a chance to win, that would be the first pick in the 2015 draft.
Boy, you really have to give it to Lovie. He sells himself into the HC position, picks the coaching staff, picks the players, hell he probably even picked the GM, but every time something goes wrong, it’s somebody else fault. And another thing, is it too much to ask for our 2nd round TE to get in shape. He looks like a fat load running routes.
Lovie needs to look at his offensive and defensive coaches first. Offensive coach and Glennon don’t know how to call a game if there lives depended on it. 2nd and 3rd and 1 to go and you don’t run the ball? Is Glennon smart enough to change a play at the line of scrimmage when we are at the 10 yd line and 4 men in the box and we pass instead of changing to a draw play with Rainey. Play selection and creativity is atrocious and Glennon missed guys open all day and threw behind them many times instead of leading them for more yardage. I’ve seen enough of him to know he isn’t the quarterback of the team in the future.
You are the only team in the league that doesn’t blitz hardly at all and wonder why your backs are getting torched all game long. If Verner was the highest rated corner in free agency, then we should have not signed him as he is mediocre. But still would like to see his play with not giving the other quarterback all day to throw. Playing Cousins at left tackle was even a dumber move instead of moving Dotmar over there.
Coaches of defense and offense and special teams all need to get their walking papers and get some coaches in here who know what professional team is suppose to look like and play like. You guys have set this team back 5 years and you have players to do better than what you have done so far this year. Lovie, go back to the basement and figure out how to coach.
Jenkins could be the in the best shape of any player on the team and it wouldn’t matter because the Bucs don’t know how to use a good tight end in their offense anyway.
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