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September 25, 2013 @ 10:25 am
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Bucs Players Rave About Glennon's Confidence, Progress

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Bucs players, including WR Mike Williams, have raved about the development of rookie QB Mike Glennon, who will get the start for Tampa Bay on Sunday against Arizona. Find out what his teammates think about Glennon's preparation, his confidence and his arm as he gets ready for his first NFL start.
The Mike Glennon era in Tampa Bay has begun.

With the benching of five-year starting quarterback Josh Freeman due to the team’s 0-3 record in 2013 and 1-5 finish in the 2012 season, Bucs head coach Greg Schiano will put the offense – and the franchise – in the hands of Glennon, the team’s third-round pick this past April, to help spark the team's moribund offense.

The reason why Glennon is starting on Sunday instead against Arizona instead of after the bye week is that Tampa Bay feels it will be beneficial to the young quarterback's development to see action against an injury-plagued Cardinals defense and then have the bye week to study his own film and learn from that as he prepares for the Philadelphia game on October 4. The fact that both the Cardinals and Eagles games are at home also played into the decision to start Glennon.

Freeman, who is entering a contract year, was benched for his lack of performance. Tampa Bay’s offense has scored just 24 points through three games – an average of just eight points per game after averaging 24 points per game a year ago. Jacksonville’s offense has actually scored more points this season with 28.

There has been plenty of controversy surrounding Freeman, the team’s first-round pick in 2009, who missed the first day of his own football camp in June and the Bucs’ team photo in September. There have been multiple reports about friction between the tightly wound Schiano and the laid back veteran quarterback.

Also, his peers didn’t vote Freeman, who will likely be traded in October, as a team captain by for the first time in three years prior to the start of the 2013 season, and there have rumors of off the field problems affecting his performance.

Bucs players have raved about Glennon’s preparation behind the scenes at One Buccaneer Place.

“He’s actually surprised me,” Tampa Bay wide receiver Mike Williams said. “He gets here real early and leaves late. He really prepares like he’s going to be the starter every week. That’s what they tell the backup quarterback he’s supposed to do, but I’ve never seen a rookie do it like he’s actually been doing it. It’s surprised me how he’s gone out there and prepared. They drafted him for a reason. He’s good.”

The cerebral Glennon is known for study lots of tape at One Buccaneer Place dating back to the organized team activities in May. The team expects his veteran-like approach to preparation to help him step in and be able to lead the Bucs to victory this Sunday against Arizona.

“The main thing is just the preparation during the week, getting here early and watching the film,” Glennon said. “Going through the work week knowing the notes to take, watching the film and game-planning against a defense. In the preseason it wasn’t so much about game-planning. That helps me understand defenses more, and it helps me understand the offense more. Although my reps are minimal, I want to make the most out of them – even with the scout team – and in my classroom stuff.”

Starting nose tackle and fellow rookie Akeem Spence has been impressed with how Glennon has performed on the scout team in the month of September.

“Mike G. has been giving us great looks on the scout team, throwing balls into tight windows,” Spence said. “He looks good to me, even when he’s taking his reps with the No. 2’s. He’s throwing the ball good, getting the play call and getting the offense up to the line ready to play. Through everything I’ve seen from camp he’s progressing and getting better and better week in and week out.”

Dating back to the preseason, Freeman has yet to complete at least 50 percent of his passes this year. He posted a QB rating of 56.7 after completing 12-of-26 passes (46.1 percent) for 101 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. Freeman was sacked nine times and fumbled once. His accuracy did not improve in the regular season as he has completed just 43-of-94 passes (45.7 percent) for 571 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions.

The problem for Tampa Bay is that Glennon, too, was inaccurate in the preseason. The North Carolina State product led the Buccaneers in passing during the preseason, completing 33-of-70 attempts (47.1 percent) for 397 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions. The rookie was sacked four times and fumbled once, while posting a QB rating of 61.4.

However, the Bucs’ brass and coaching staff believe that Glennon has improved during the past month since his last performance on the field in a game situation, and that his intelligence can help accelerate his learning curve.

“He is a really bright, intelligent quarterback with football IQ – very high – and I think he’ll fit in really, really well here,” Schiano said after drafting Glennon in April.

“[Glennon is] a very smart, cerebral young man who really understands systems and has worked with some of the best quarterback coaches,” Dominik said. “His coach actually coached Matt Ryan, coached Russell Wilson. He’s worked with some really great coaches in his development so far and that’s what’s exciting about him.”

In college after sitting behind Wilson for his first two years, Glennon started his final two seasons for the Wolfpack, completing 646-of-1,069 passes for 7,411 yards with 63 touchdowns and 31 interceptions.

As a junior replacing Wilson, Glennon completed 62.5 percent of his passes for 3,054 yards with 31 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. As a senior, Glennon’s completion percentage dipped to 58.5 percent while throwing for 4,031 yards with 31 touchdowns and 17 picks.

He had 12 games with three touchdown passes or more, including a trio of scores in the Belk Bowl where he was named the game’s MVP during his junior season. Glennon helped North Carolina State beat Louisville, which was led by Teddy Bridgewater, 31-24, two years ago.

Bucs wide receiver Eric Page, who caught three passes for 55 yards last week against New England, spent a lot of time catching passes from Glennon in practice dating back to the OTAs and training camp, and believes he has the arm and confidence to succeed in the NFL – starting this Sunday against Arizona.

“He has a great arm,” Page said. “I didn’t watch him too much in college, but he has a nice, tight spiral. It’s easy to catch. You can see the ball coming.

“He’s just smooth. He can go out there and control the game. He has a level head and that’s what you want in a quarterback. When everything is going on you want him to be confident, and I think that’s what he is. He has a lot of learning to do, but that goes for everybody here. I think his confidence is building.”
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    Didn't you know the players would spout the Schiano line about Schiano's pet, but tomorrow will be where the rubber meets the road. I see Glennon as a studious, nice young man who should have been developed gradually on the Practice Squad, but instead Schiano has passed over the obvious choice, Orlovsky, who had a 75 per cent completion rate last year in preseason and the highest of our three QBs this year, in order to put his pet QB on a national stage tomorrow where he likely will fall on his face and destroy his confidence worse than he did in the Redskins game. In my mind Glennon will be only a serviceable backup for the future once he is developed properly by a much better coach than Schiano. But the great hope I have is that tomorrow's loss will be the last straw for the Glazers and Schiano and many of his subpar Asst. Coaches like his DC will all walk the plank together and an interim coach will be chosen who won't need to rebuild.
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    Hesson sadly you are correct I hate rumors but this is not a rumor it's a fact and I believe other buc fans deserve to know. It's so sad and I feel for him
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    I've been a Josh Freeman fan ever since in his first game he led the team to victory over the Packers while displaying all of the qualities we fans want in our starting QB. He reinforced my belief with an outstanding 2010 performance. When he struggled along with the team in 2011 I blamed it on him trying to do too much to make up for the "playa" attitude shown by many of his team mates. In early 2012 he showed glimpses of a true franchise QB but had an unexplained dramatic decline in mid-season. While it is fact that the defense gave up victories after # 5 put the team ahead; his play during the game was not enough to put the game out of reach. As we entered 2013 Josh professed a greater knowledge of the complicated offense which raised our expectations. Strangely, during the pre-season he looked worse than ever but we shrugged it off. But now after three games, two of which were victories until last second defensive lapses, Josh's statistics place him among the worst QB's in the league. As Vince Lombardi would say, "What's going on out there?" We can no longer blame his coaches, his receivers, new playbook or any of the other excuses I have offered in the past to defend Freeman. Something personal is going on with this young man. We have all noticed the change but like me, refused to acknowledge it. Hopefully he will return to the 2009/2010 model and resurrect his once promising career. I know this much, Mike Glennon doesn't have to do much to surpass the 2013 version of our "franchise QB."
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    I am just glad they made a change that is a sign of a winning attitude ! A lot of fans are happy and now at least recommitted to watching bucs football again. Its hard watching someone go out there and just throw the game . Now with Glennon in the team and fans of hope . All the fans who don't like this move well can simply retire a buc fan and go be a fan of the dolphins or something. I would be happy if you left. Freeman has struggled with calling audibles . We air scratch that he would call them if he could read defenses , but since he cant he never calls them . Instead he just reads the play from the coach hikes the ball & throws it and since teams know our plays nobody is open . Thus resulting in freeman getting sacked or having to throw the ball away. We need a QB who can read an NFL defense . Someone who can call the audibles at the last second before hiking the ball. Someone who is mobile and accurate someone like Boyd mcarron or manziel . Hundley reminds me exactly like freeman . Just a guy who hikes the ball and is extremely talented but lazy and just throws the ball to who is open. We need a guy with a brain and has high self confidence.
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    Heavy and all of you all,I see what you are saying.If we can get better and freeman wants out.And I would rather get our backup some playing time.Look at it that way.Plus all of our team is young and we all need to get better.Not just the q.b.I just not sure about Glennon as A Q.b
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    @bucwild02, so You are telling me two more years , of losing is okay with You??????
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    @HEAVYE-No, losing isn't ok with me(as a ticket purchasing/concession purchasing/jersey purchasing fan). I do understand how NFL organizations seem to work though. Coaches have guaranteed contracts. Schiano's is worth 15 million for 3.5 more years. They ALL decided (Owners/GM/HC) to make the move to Glennon. They will honor that commitment to the player and coach for a MINIMUM of two years. More if he shows progress and the Bucs win some games, which they will.
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    We will be 0-5, then will this SORRY A** coach go??????
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    @HEAVYE-No. Coaches with 3.5 years remaining on a guaranteed contract who start a rookie QB are always given 2 years minimum.
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    I want to get excited about this move, but I fear that we will give up freeman for two little, and find that we have downgraded the position. I hope I am wrong, but unless something miraculous happens, this season is in the can, and the future of schiano is in doubt.
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    Here is the link to the Jon Gruden scouting report on Glennon. Let's all hope the promise of his talent becomes the reality for our Bucs! http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/draft2013/story/_/id/9171574/2013-nfl-draft-jon-gruden-explains-why-mike-glennon-prototypical-qb
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    If your good, then your good and you produce! Partying and drinking and perhaps other endeavors do not make playing any easier, but many athletes have partied and been productive. The "Babe", Mantle, Joe Willie... I know these guys are ancient and perhaps Josh was/will never be in their league. But a player who parties, can still be productive on the field. I guess it's the reason they party. If your young and a starting QB in NFL then party on dude... providing you do your job. If your drinking is do to pressure and depression over the situation you find yourself in, then this is quite another story. I wish Josh well. I hope he catches on with another team and is productive. I think the situation just became too much pressure for him with an overbearing micromanaging Head Coach who seemed to not exactly support his young gun. In the end, Josh did it to himself with his performance or lack there of. A new chapter begins in Tampa Bay and I for one, am excited to see the change if not just for change sake. Something needed to be done and a shakeup was in order. Good luck Glennon this week against the Birds and I will be rooting for your success and for the success of the Bucs! Go Bucs!
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    I wish Freeman the best and hope he gets it together. There is definitely something behind the scene that expedited this before the break. I do admit though that it makes sense if you are going to replace the QB to do it against the Cardinals and before the break. Go Bucs! Lets get this win!
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    I hope that Glennon is every thing that the players are saying about him. Time will tell.
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    Glad he has so many good qualities...can he also catch, block, tackle, and prevent his teammates from committing penalties....and while he's at it, can he ignore his coaches directions and make teh right calls during the game...on offense and defense...the light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter folks.....as the fans at my old school used to say for people like Schiano and Dominik...WARM UP THE BUS, WARM UP THE BUS...you guys are outta here...
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    Glad to hear some positive news for a change. And im definitely glad the players are backing the rookie QB. This situation is nothing like the 49ers situation last year, Free lost this job.
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    I think this is a good decision. If Glennon starts the rest of the season it should be apparent whether or not he has “IT”. That is the intangible Josh was lacking. At the end of the season the Glazers need to review whether Schiano and Dominick need to be replaced and bring in quality people to fill those positions. The new coach and GM should decide if Glennon is the future franchise QB and if he does not have “IT” move up in the draft to get the best QB available. Because of the Buccaneer Franchise’s poor reputation in the NFL the Glazers should offer top dollar to get the best coach and GM out here and not be frugal on staff. I have never missed a Bucs game since they came to town. Culverhouse cut the two best QB in the history of the franchise, Steve Young and Doug Williams, all about money. Unfortunately the Glazers, except for occasional splash are a lot like uncle Hugh.
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    Stand up Bucs fans. Clap your hands. Salute to this man (Shiano) for that great decision. Now, he still has to bench the K Mr. Lindell. Time to evaluate what we got with Glennon (i was a pre-judgemental about him). Somebody already said, College is different than the Pro´s (although i cannot imagine, if a guy couldn´t throw someone open in college, that he suddenly will in NFL and i think that´s a crucial trait to have, to become realy good. Unless you are an great athlete). Regardless, this is reason to be excited again for Sundays. Roster evaluation, coaches evaluation.. Does anyone know where we could find a list or sth. with all the Coaches who are in their final year (and GM´s too)??
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    I'm beginning to think there were chemical reasons for JF's weight loss, or maybe it was to look good for the Michael Jackson photo shoot. I don't think it was for football reasons.
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    If Glennon comes in and plays solid football then this is the breath of fresh air this offense desperately needs. If not this is will go down as Schiano's last ditch effort to save his job. Either way I like that Schiano made this move with enough time left to salvage the season if we can catch lightening in a bottle so to speak. Due to this piss poor coaching we have I dont predict early success for Glennon but I also thought Freeman would play lights out this year so what do I know lol. As always Go Bucs and Ill be anxiously watching Sundays game!
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    I wish Freeman well! I think he will do great things with a good coach! The person who should go is the head coach. He is terrible! I wish the new guy good luck! He will need it with this terrible coach! Like you said he did not do great things in the preseason. How is four week going to improve him? I do hope he will do well but with this coach I don't think he stands a chance!
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    For everyone freaking out about this. He really can't be worse than Freeman can he? You're wrong if you say it wasn't his fault that we lost to the Jets and Saints. Lavonte pushed Geno out of bounds.... Lindell missed the kick.... blah blah blah. He lead potential game winning drives in both games... So. What was he doing the rest of the games before those drives? Absolutely nothing. The defense held the Jets to 16 points (the offense gave up the other 2).And the defense gave them one of those tds with the forced fumble in the redzone. And we had more than enough chances to score more than 16 points but our QB can't throw or make correct decisions. The defense held the SAINTS to 16 points and actually scored 7 points for the offense and all the offense could do was put up 7 points. Josh had 9 completions that game.... that's Tim Tebow numbers. This past game he had 19 completions and 5 drops so I give him that but we only scored 3 points.... that's directly on the QB any way you slice it. Never thought I'll see the day when I would take Terrelle Pryor or Carson Palmer more than Josh. So again i ask can Glennon really be worse than Josh??? If he is, Teddy here we come. And if you're not sold on Teddy Bridgewater, you're an idiot.
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    Not saying this, but it will be funny to see the curse again from Doug Williams to Steve Young, and Trent Dilfer who were successful once leaving Tampa. Freeman might follow suit.
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    Welcome the Glennon era!
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    MC, do I have to give up my source for my comment to stay posted?...... : Ok, Buc's fans, here's the scoop on the Freeman situation... And I promise this info is accurate (a close friend of mine is close friends with a guy on the team, not to be named out of respect, and she was informed by that buc player this morning).... The scoop is that Josh Freeman is an alcoholic party animal, and he recently started doing cocaine regularly. In light of this sad new info, it is totally understandable that he couldn't be relied upon to lead this organization. So sad. I really hope he turns his life around and gets clean... Time to move on and focus on the guys who are trying to do things the right way.
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    hesson0208, I have heard the same thing regarding substance abuse locally. Sad if true.
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    I've heard that Freeman has been getting drunk and acting like a fool in the South Tampa clubs, but this is the first I've heard anything about drugs. I was thinking that in the back of my mind. According to this article, http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1668902-insiders-perspective-on-nfl-drug-tests , the only time a player is tested for street drugs is before the start of training camp unless you have a prior drug & alcohol history. After that, they only test for banned substances like PED's & masking agents. Any player is free to do as much drugs as they want during the season provided that they don't get arrested, etc.. This is why you never hear about NFL player drug suspensions during the season unless they get arrested or had prior issues like Tanard Jackson. You only heard about Aldon Smith because he got arrested for DUI which now puts him in the NFL substance abuse program subjecting him to random drug tests.
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    I would even smoke crack, if i had to play under Shiano. Kidding, but there is a pattern. Shiano exposed Freeman, by taking away weapons, weapons which should have been improved anyway instead of even making them worse (Underwood; TE´s; no K to make little longer FG´s) - plus the added pressure of "win now - no excuses because of investments" (while truth is, that this team was/is clearly lacking talent). Last year, he did everything he can. This year he quit. Although not professional, at least fans should be able to feel with him.. (not trying to defend him, hey these last games were horrible, but its over. and there were some fine Josh Freeman moments). Enjoy life. His fellow teammates call Josh just the "Free-Man".
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    I am mixed about this situation on one hand I think it eventually was going to happen anyway but it just sucks to basically call the season off after 3 games now when I was so excited for our team to do great things. Another year of waiting, damn this sucks. I hope josh is okay and the rumors about him aren't true.
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    While Schiano is feeling adventurous, why doesn't he also bench Lindell so we can, you know, start kicking the ball again on 4th down instead of going for it. Since Koenen does the kickoffs what are we even paying Lindell for at this point?
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    @pinkstob I completely agree. Dimke should have never been cut in the first place as he won the job in preseason. Schiano claimed to be all about open competition but it looks like he neglected his own philosophy and it has cost us a game already.
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    Scott, can't wait for Friday chat. Have you guys contacted Erik Burkhardt, Freeman's agent for a response? Is Freeman going to have a press conference today? Can you offer a PR perspective on how this all went down, any player comments after the announcement? etc.
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    We are working on everything you mentioned mac. Patience grasshopper!
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    I knew the Bucs would be fun to watch this year...
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    Lovely I'm sure all the vets (vjax) are filled with good cheer. The problem is, unless a third receiver or tight end step up I don't see how glennon could do any better? Instead of changing qbs why not make a trade or two at least try some free agents? Schianos just a control freak and saw this as his opportunity to exert his power. Heck the browns traded Richardson so no ones out of reach. PR is schiano on the hot seat? Any indication about Dom or from the glazers?
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    wow a couple of scrubs on second team and one guy on the 1st team is "Raving"? Get real...
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    So we complain about Freeman and how bad he is, then they make a change and we complain about the change. What do the fans want? I can answer that. We want a win. We want to watch a game that is worth watching. We have not seen what this kid can do. If he sucks, well we get a better draft pick and maybe a 1st round QB. If he is good, then we might have a good season. Some of the great QB have come from later rounds.
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    Garv, you're right that this game just got more exciting. I also agree that it's great to read this story and hear that there are players in the locker room that already support Glennon due to his play on the field. Keep working hard, ignore anything McNulty says and keep adding upper body strength Glennon. That's help reduce fumbles when you're sacked, which happens to every QB. Go Bucs!
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    It is hard for me to imagine that Glennon can play any worse than Josh. Might be dead wrong but I see am improvement coming and won't judge him from what he did in preseason. He was was not playing with the starters very much and the team was evaluating players thru all of preseason. I think it will be a little different playing with the starters now.
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    Wonderful. What else are they going to say? I will support Glennon as I do any other Buc, but it is disappointing to give up on a season so early. Looking forward to winning in 2014!
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    Thanks Mark......I think I can speak, err, type for many fans when I say we needed to here this positive story. You never know until you see the player play for a while. Looking forward to seeing what this kid brings us on Sunday. This game, IMO, just got more exciting, didn't it?
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    Exciting? uhhh.... not really. It will be painful to see another loss. Cant blame Freeman for this one.
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