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April 8, 2014 @ 1:28 pm
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Glennon Says He His Approach Won't Change Despite Demotion

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Bucs quarterback Mike Glennon went from being the team's 2013 starting quarterback to becoming Josh McCown's backup. Despite the demotion, Glennon told the media on Tuesday that he doesn't plan to change how he approaches things and will do whatever role he is given to the best of his ability.
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.”

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    A can't miss QB hits the draft once a decade, but with Lovie's winning record we are not going to be first in any draft so we won't have a chance at one of. those. So how can we get a Fanchise QB needed to win a SB? Simply notice that the majority of Super QBs presently in the NFL were all first round draft picks--Rogers, Flacco, Peyton and Eli Manning, Luck, and Newton. So obviously our BEST CHANCE TO GET A FRANCHISE QB will come in the First round this year, especially when we have Tedford to help them achieve that level as a Buc. Licht will make a huge mistake if he gambles away our future convincing Lovie to take a low round crap shoot QB as Licht has all the many HCs he has worked for since the Patriots. Our biggest hole is at our most important position--QB.
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    Poor Mike Glennon. He has his own article but all the comments revolve around wide receivers or the drafting of another QB. Mike's a smart young man who will study his new playbook. But I'm sure he also sees the writing on the wall.
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    scubog, you might be correct. If we draft a QB before the 3rd round, I think the answer would be obvious.
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    Trade down, maybe twice and get M.Lee WR USC this is how you win in football. We need a MLB too.
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    Glennon got the right attitude and will pick up the offense quickly. I am still confident that he will play a major role in our season even if he doesn't start off as the starter. I am still for taking BPA in either the DL. OL, WR. I would not trade up no matter what; we will have a good player at spot 7.
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    @Horse - I agree with your comments on Glennon and the draft needs. McCown has great momentum coming into the new season as the named starter. His maturity reminds me of Brad Johnson who became a Buc at age 33, back in 2001. Johnson didn't have the same momentum as McCown, but he did have a lot more starts and finished with a career QB rating of 82.5. McCown's current career QB rating 77.5 will have to go up if he wants to keep a fired up Mike Glennon on the bench. I also like the poise both QB's have displayed thus far.
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    We have a major problem at WR now that we traded MW.The question is why draft a QB this year? IMHO to draft a QB this year with the QB's being average at best is a waste of a pick unless they plan on trading Glennon during the draft. With the QB's that went back to school and some new QB'S coming out next year there should be a much better selection next year. This year would be a great year to get two WR's and get some OL help.
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    I don't mind drafting a Qb in the lower rounds. I just don't want to expend a top pick when we already have Qbs. The Qb better be really good to draft him so high - No Cade McNowns and such!
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    Here is the situation. The Raiders are on the clock with the fifth pick Watkins is still on the board. If the Bucs trade up with the Raiders they can take Watkins, who is the best offensive talent in the draft. The Raiders at 7 can still take a QB and whatever the extra pick gets them. Sounds like a win-win to me. On the other hand if the Browns are on the clock the cost of moving up that extra pick may be prohibitive. All I am saying is if you can get Watkins at a reasonable price that is a good deal. If not then hopefully you can trade down into the high teens and still pick up either Evans or Cook. Yes I am focusing on WR as our most glaring need and also as the best player available. As for a DT, if you really want one get the guy for ND. At least he will start and play every down unlike substitute 3 techniques who will only get on the field as a rotational player.
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    Iam really believing that drafting a qb in Rd one is a big smoke screen. I believe Glennon can really learn from McGown. I think that Tampa should get a qb in the later rounds. Also I see that several teams wants to draft watkins if Tampa bay was smart and I know the GM and the coaching staff reads all the comments I hope they read mind. Iam a die heart buc fan who grew up in Tampa and now lives in East Texas in Alba,Texas. There are a lot of good wide receivers available in this year draft and I believe they can grabbed in rounds two and three. If Tampa can trade down a couple of picks. They can get that DT from Pittsburgh or DT from FSU or maybe both.I believe there other WR available like the USC and Vandy WR, Let the teams that are panicnicky Let them offer picks for that no#7. No less than two high picks plus if Tampa in the 2nd round wants to trade down in Rd no#2 in which they select at no#6. they could pick another 3rd up. So I hope the bucs are listening. BECAUSE OF WHAT TAMPA HAS DONE VIA FREE AGENCY IS A WIN WIN SISTUTATION. LOOK AT WHAT PLAYERS WENT BACK TO SCHOOL ESPICALLY THAT QB FROM OREGON AND THE OT FROM FSU.I think that something to look at in 2015.Remember fans Tampa got a no#6 for williams and they got a number 5 for 2015. GO BUCS GLHicks
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