Last season Mike Glennon was thrust into the starting lineup as a rookie with mixed results. A 19:9 touchdown-to-interception ratio was a bright spot, but notching just four wins in his 13 starts was disappointing to the former N.C. State product.
So far in 2014 Glennon has looked like a different player, and the stats are backing that up. While his completion percentage is down a bit (59.4% to 57%) Glennon is averaging 246.5 yards passing per game which ranks him ahead of star players like Colin Kaepernick, Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady.
This season Glennon, not surprisingly, feels like he is a better player.
“Definitely a lot different,” Glennon said. “Last year I had one start and then we had a bye week, which was good at least having some experience going into the bye week but this year I feel like I’m a completely different player. I just have a lot more knowledge and a lot more experience, so it’s definitely a different feel heading into this bye week than the last one.”
On Wednesday after the last practice before a four-day break for the players, Glennon spoke about his improvements.
“I have more conviction in my throws,” Glennon said. “I have a better understanding of where the holes are in the defense – when they bring pressure where the holes may be, when they don’t bring the pressure where the holes may be. So just all of that. The more I play the more experience I’ll get and the more knowledge I’ll get.”
Soon after Glennon was handed the starting job last year, Tampa Bay released veteran Josh Freeman and there were few ears to bend about the things he was seeing. Having Josh McCown greet him coming off the field after each series, and also in the meeting rooms, has been beneficial to the second-year quarterback.
“It helps a lot,” Glennon said. “Every week he brings something new to the table for me to learn and every week there’s been something that he’s been able to point out that will be able to help my game out. “Like I say all the time, it’s great to have him and I’m fortunate to have someone with his knowledge and his experience and his willingness to help a younger player like myself.”
McCown told the media this week that his role has shifted since his injury, and part of that is to be a mentor to Glennon.
“I’m still trying to do as much as I can as far as I’m still trying to be involved with helping guys out,” McCown said. “Like I’ve said all along, as far as the quarterback position goes when I got here, I want to play at a high level. My focus has shifted from helping myself get prepared to helping Mike get prepared and it does make it a little harder to lead because ultimately you want to be on the field, but you have to do what you can from the position that you’re in.”
Head coach Lovie Smith talked about his relationship with Glennon and his growth as a quarterback in his last press conference on Wednesday before the bye-week break.
“I wouldn’t say it changed because I would be disappointed as the 63 players, counting the practice squad guys – the 63 to one, Gerald McCoy, would say I treat them the same way,” Smith said. “As far as if the relationship has changed, I made a statement that Mike is our quarterback of the future, saying he has a future with us, that came a little sooner than we thought and he’s played well. Yeah, we would like to have couple of plays [back], but looking at the overall picture on what Mike Glennon has done, he’s given us a lot of hope. As far as our relationship, I’ve told Mike, ‘you have a big role in leading us back,’ and he’s accepting that challenge.”
Everyone inside the organization is disappointed with the 1-5 start and Glennon agreed with defensive tackle Gerald McCoy who said the team needs to take these next four days off and reflect on their direction and what each one can do better.
“We have a lot of time over this weekend to relax and get away from football, but at the same time, look inside and see what we can do more as individuals,” Glennon said. “It’s a team effort but it starts with each individual. And if they do their role then it’s going to come together as a group effort. I think we do have to dig deep after these next couple days, figure out what we can do better individually and, when we get back, figure out what we can do better as a team.”
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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I like Glennon and McCown as a person but so what, neither are the answer at qb for this team heading forward. McCown seems to be what he was before last yr a journeyman mediocre qb and Glennon while flashing a live arm has limited mobilty, holds the ball to long in the pocket, and lacks that “it” factor. I just can’t see a qb like Glennon ever winning a super bowl with his skill set. Give Glennon the rest of the yr to see what he has and we will end up with a top 3 pick in the draft and can make a better evaluation on what to do with that selection.
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I am not giving up on this team. I still see where we are better at certain positions; others we have a ways to go. It’s stuff when you are 68 and you see the inexperience, but I know time is on our side. Two years from now we will be glad we had the patience for the product to develop. Go Bucs!
I don’t think Mike Glennon’s play is the reason for the loss to the Saints or the Ravens. Nor do I think his play won the Steelers game. No matter how much Mike learns and improves his game by relying heavily on his knowledge, he still will have the physical limitations that make him as much a QB relic as the Tampa 2. (yes, I’m being sarcastic) Mike Glennon, and for that matter Josh McCown, are perfect back-up QB’s and little more. Listen to Lovie’s words carefully. “He has a future here.” But in what role? We need a man under center for whom defensive coordinators fear and for whom our own players believe can win a game because of his play not in spite of it. A QB who has that “Wow” factor that some like JonnyG call “It”.
SCUBOG- You’re jury is out on your evaluation on Glennon now right? One time you say you are not sure yet and the other (like this one) you say he is basically insignificant..a back-up QB. You’d make a good politician as you play the middle just as good as they do! SR schooled you on Tampa 2, move on dude! (not being sarcastic)ha!
If this team were an Indy race car, it would be nice to have a championship driver (franchise QB), but first we need to fix the brakes on this thing. We need a defense that can stop another team from putting up fifty points on us!
Melman is improving, but it is not because of McCown, it’s because King Julien is loosening him up with a crazy song and dance.
Just wondering what he is seeing
Just to set the record straight for you Dbuc63. Regarding Mike Glennon. I’ve always been hopeful that he could be a legitimate starting QB and he may well become that. But I don’t think he’ll ever be that guy who is feared. Regarding the Tampa 2. Scott Reynolds didn’t “school” me. He made a point that the “Tampa 2” is an an entire defensive scheme where I believed it was a 2 deep safety coverage within an unnamed 4-3 defense. I’ve heard both explanations. My point was, and is, that regardless of whatever it is called, it’s ridiculous to blame the concept and not the players or their lack of mastery of it. Personally, I’d rather play the 3-4. You remember, the one laughed at when John McKay brought us that “college” defense.
Jon Gruden knows a lot more about evaluating QB talent than L&L and he is absolutely correct on Glennon. Appreciate Horse’s wisdom with age and I haven’t given up on the Bucs either. Our past greats who tell us it takes 9 games to get down the Tampa 2 down know of what they speak. We need to see improvement in game 10 this year on defense. We also after getting Mariota need to get defensive and OL players and not the best player available. Look how well the Cowboys have turned around their miserable defense of last year with a moderate priced Free Agent to play MLB from the Jags and a new DC. Licht best smarten up. He needs to do a trade to get Max Bullogh to play our MLB position. Max wasn’t a high draft pick and isn’t in a Tampa 2 and could be a very moderately priced pickup, but can be the Urlacher Clone that Lovey is missing. He also needs to go after the tall run back specialist that still holds all our records for touchdowns on Special Teams–Spurlock. He had learned to be a decent tall WR while here before too. Look how an older Hester really burned us in the Atlanta game. We need Spurlock back.
Melman for President!
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