Bucs quarterback Mike Glennon has been through a whirlwind over the last 12 months. From being drafted in April and thrust into the starting lineup as a rookie in late September, to seeing the coaching staff that drafted him in the third round fired and replaced, to being benched for former Bears QB Josh McCown, Glennon has been through a lot in his brief NFL career.
On Tuesday, standing before several members of the media, Glennon answered the questions asked, even the difficult ones, from head coach Lovie Smith's decision to bring in a new starter to his thoughts on the new staff.
“I am just going to compete,” Glennon said. “I am going to go out there and just compete everyday and help the team in whatever way possible. Josh has been great so far to me and it is going to be a great opportunity to work with him everyday, with a guy that has so much experience like that.
“But at the same time, by my nature, I am going to go out there and compete and whatever my role may be, I am going to do it to the best of my ability.”
Glennon recalled the notice he received from Smith that Tampa Bay was going to name McCown the starter.
“Shortly after they has signed Josh, Lovie gave me a call and informed me,” Glennon said. “I don’t remember exactly what I said, I just realized that I am going to have to continue to work hard and prove myself, but at the same time I am going to do whatever he feels is best for the team.”
Even after essentially getting demoted, Glennon has been impressed with what he has seen from the new staff, even in just the first two days of the team’s first offseason workouts.
“It has been good, so far the whole mood around here is positive,” Glennon said. “The first two days everyone around here has been working hard. It seems really good. I think we are starting to get to know the guys. It seems like we brought in some guys who are going to be real good teammates and really want to win, and that is what it all comes down to.”
Glennon talked about the new faces in the locker room as Tampa Bay has added 16 free agents in 2014, as well as the new coaching staff, featuring offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford.
“It really is hard to say, we are just getting to know each other,” Glennon said. “It is our second day. The thing that stands out right now is the terminology is way different. But I think they are both really smart offensive minds. [Tedford] had a ton of success at the college level. [Former offensive coordinator] Mike Sullivan was great for us, he coached in the Super Bowl and all that. We are excited about learning the new offense and I think there are going to be a lot of great things to go in over these next few weeks that will get us ready for training camp.
“I had a little head start, there are a lot of new guys around here. The way I described it you feel like you went from a middle school to a high school. You know some of the guys but there still a lot of new faces that take some time to get to know. But it has been good so far. Seems like we have some guys who will be really good teammates and that is really important.”
The former North Carolina State star, had by most accounts a solid rookie season, outperforming all of the other rookies quarterbacks in the 2013 NFL Draft class. Glennon, who completed 247-of-416 passes for 2,608 yards with 19 touchdowns and just nine interceptions in his 13 starts last year, assessed his play during his rookie season.
“I think – going back and looking – there were a lot of things I did good,” Glennon said. “There are definitely things I can work on, but I think overall I played well for the situation at hand and something to really build on. At a young age and everything – age doesn’t matter at this level because bottom line at this level you have to win – but overall I felt like I played well. Some things I need to work on, just continue to develop as an NFL quarterback, maybe make some better decisions here and there, work on my feet, work on throwing under pressure. All the things every quarterback in the NFL is working on.”
Glennon has spent part of the offseason working on improving his game.
“Well really with all the rules it is hard to do a whole lot with the new offense but I have just been throwing pretty often with some the guys that hung out in Tampa working out,” Glennon said. “(I’ve) been working out, just working on getting bigger, faster, stronger, the in the typical things in the offseason. And now we are going and have a playbook, I can really dive into that and start trying to master the new offense we have.
“Some of the guys around we had to go to a park because some of the high schools – it just didn’t work out. But a couple times a week, I would go out there, actually with Dan Orlovsky, and some of the receivers who were still around and just go out there and throw to get us back in the swing of things.”
Before finishing up his interview with the media on Tuesday, Glennon commented on the general feeling of the first team meeting with Smith.
“It was good, he’s been successful in the past and I think guys are really excited about him and his message is clear of how we want to win and what it is going to take to get there,” Glennon said. “And I think it started yesterday. And it is going to be a long road, but if we take it one day at a time and follow his lead then we are going to have a good team.”