The Buccaneers coaching staff spent the bye week analyzing film and reviewing the performance of many players. One of those that had their play analyzed during the bye was rookie quarterback Mike Glennon after his first NFL start in Week 4.
Coming out of college, Glennon was known for his good size and ability to stand in the pocket and take a hit as he threw the football. It’s been said the the North Carolina State product studies the game hard and that is one trait the staff loves about him the most. The film from Week 4 against the Arizona Cardinals showed just that, and offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan talked about how Glennon’s impact to the team with just one game started under his belt.
"I think Mike [since] the day he got here has had a great work ethic and a maturity about him,” Sullivan said. “Talk about those rookies that are 22 going on 42 in terms of just really knowing when it's time to focus and bear down and put in the time. I think his teammates, through practice at least and even in the most recent ball game, have been able to see a guy that it's not too big for him, that he is willing to stay in there and put his face in the fan so to speak. In the pass plays, he doesn't get rattled in terms of his first time out the gate with the huddle calls. He's putting in the time, he's showing maturity, he's making some plays, there's been a level of execution and tempo that we've had that's been very, very good and that's a credit to Mike and all the hard work that he's doing and I think his teammates have responded to that.
“Despite how difficult things have been for everybody, certainly for us on offense, to see a guy get an opportunity and make the most of it and hit the ground running, I think the other offensive players and even some of the defensive players are taking note of that and now it's just a matter of trying to transfer that from what we've seen in practice and his one shot out the gate, so to speak, in this last game to getting some momentum and doing it on the field starting this Sunday against Philadelphia."
Sullivan mentions that players across the team have noticed Glennon’s approach and how he’s handled the starting role including defensive players. All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis is no exception.
“Like I said before, Mike (Glennon) has that demeanor,” Revis said. “Exactly like a quarterback is supposed to have. He comes in here, he works hard and he has a leadership role to him and he’s doing what he needs to do. He got the starting job. He's starting; there's really nothing much more to say.”
Players and coaches are rallying around the rookie and are focused on moving forward with him as their signal caller. More importantly, there has been nothing but support for Glennon in the locker room. Moments like defensive tackle Gerald McCoy going over to Glennon’s locker and talking to him for a while after practice on Monday further proves that statement and demonstrates the importance of the team’s support for their young leader.
As for Glennon, he remained focused during the bye and he did what he does best, study film.
"I think the bye week came at a great time - just to be able to watch that film a few times, you get more comfortable and then get the extra practice in last week and then get a jumpstart on Philly [the Philadelphia Eagles],” Glennon said. “To be able to watch the film and kind of get the game plan ahead of time has helped my preparation and will help us have a better feel for things come the game."
To echo Sullivan’s assessment on Glennon and his approach to the game, the 23-year old has shown maturity far beyond his years as he acknowledged that watching the film makes him feel more comfortable. Not just once, but a “few times.”
Glennon will have an opportunity to show what he has gained from watching film Sunday when he and the Buccaneers play host to the Philadelphia Eagles. He will also have the opportunity to prove his coaches and teammates right.