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September 25, 2013 @ 6:35 pm
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Schiano Says It Is Glennon's Team Moving Forward

Written by Gil
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Gil Arcia

Gil
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Press conferences on Wednesday carried a different feel and tone for obvious reasons. Aside from the usual appearance from head coach Greg Schiano, rookie quarterback Mike Glennon also took to the podium to answer questions regarding the change that makes him the Buccaneers' new signal caller.
Wednesdays at One Buc Place are normally the start of a busy work week for coaches and players. Today was even busier. 

The Buccaneers made the decision to bench quarterback Josh Freeman and name rookie Mike Glennon the starter. After the offense’s struggles the first three weeks of this season many speculated that it was only a matter of time before the decision was made. Although others may view this as being a move that was done too early into the season, head coach Greg Schiano explained how the decision was made and why it was made at this point of the season.

“(General Manager) Mark (Dominik) and I believed that this was the best thing to do for our football team,” Schiano said. “So if we felt that way, we felt it was time to execute it. It is beneficial that Mike will get to play a game and then have a bye week to really decipher through it and learn from his experience before he has to play his next game. That’s a side benefit of the decision, but it wasn’t by any means the reason it was made now. We felt at this time, that Mike Glennon gives us the best chance to win and that’s why we did it.”

Schiano has stated a number of times that Freeman gives the Buccaneers the best chance to win. But after a 0-3 start and a meeting with ownership the decision was made to move forward with the rookie.

“Mike’s our starting quarterback from this point forward,” Schiano said. “We’re moving forward, and Mike’s our quarterback. That’s our plan, and we’re going, that’s how we’re going.

“As I said in the opening, I look at our offense in the last nine games. I don’t think we’ve performed up to the level of our expectations. There are a lot of reasons for that, and as I said it’s not one guy, but that is a critical guy in the operation, and as I evaluated, Mark evaluated, we did it together we talked to the staff, we made the decision that this is what we are going to do.”

Glennon, who stood at the podium as the Buccaneers starting quarterback, talked about what he will bring to the table as Tampa Bay’s starter.

“I’m just going to come in and prepare every week,” Glennon said. “I’m going to prepare like I have been and continue to put my best foot forward. That’s all I can do is prepare, keep on getting ready and then go out there and play as hard as I can. That’s what I’m going to do, and hopefully, we’ll win some games along the way.” 

Winning games is what the organization has not seen much of consistently. Glennon will have a lot of weapons to work with once he steps out on to the field Sunday in hopes of trying to get the Bucs on the win column in 2013. Fortunately, the rookie signal caller appears to have become comfortable with the process from week to week when it comes to how everything operates around One Buc to get him ready to play.

“Having gone through a couple weeks of the pregame, everything that goes into the week building up, I’ve gotten used to what it’s like on Mondays coming in, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, the whole week, just to get a feel for what it’s like and know what those meetings are like,” Glennon said. “Coaches and players have been great. From Coach McNulty, to Coach Sullivan, to Dan (Orlovsky) and Josh (Freeman), all those guys have really helped me along the way. Just trying to learn something every day, and now I’m able to get a little more reps out at practice than I was the last few weeks. (I’m) just going to keep preparing and really just come in every day to work and get ready for a game on Sunday.”

His comfort level in the offense translates into his confidence of controlling it as well.

“As a quarterback, you have to take control of the huddle regardless of how old you are,” Glennon said. “It doesn’t matter if you’ve been in the league for 10 years or it’s your first year, they’re still counting on you to be the guy and be the guy to lead them to victory. That’s what I have to do. I have to be that guy regardless of age. Luckily, we do have a lot of vets, especially up front and with Vincent. Those guys are further along than me, obviously. They know how to handle things on their own. I still have to be in charge when I’m in that huddle.

“I think that’s what this week is really important for – is to get those reps again. Fortunately, I got a lot of reps in preseason camp and in the preseason games. Looking across the league, I didn’t see many rookie quarterbacks get as many reps as I did, even the guys who are starting now. I know they had some injuries, but I may have gotten the most preseason reps as much as any rookie quarterback. So those reps were very important for me. And coming in here and working in practice, every rep is important, even more so with me coming in and getting used to these guys. That’s how I’m going to approach it.”

Getting “used to the guys” evidently has not been an issue for Glennon. He talked about how his teammates reacted about the news while keeping things in perspective. 
“So far, everyone has been extremely supportive, coming up to me and congratulating me and smiling,” Glennon said. “It’s great to have my teammates’ support. But I’m my own player. All those rookies that have excelled the past few years, their situation may be different, I’m not really sure. I’m just going to come in here and do everything I can and be myself.”

Glennon’s experience in college will benefit him greatly in the pros. His familiarity with a pro-style game at North Carolina State will give him an advantage not many rookies are fortunate to have that. He touched on that fact.

“The thing I was most fortunate with was I ran a pro-style offense in college,” Glennon said. “So I have five years of an NFL-like offense under my belt. Not the same terminology, not the exact same plays, but as an 18-year-old, I was running NFL concepts. You watch college football, and that’s not as common nowadays. So I was very fortunate. I had a great quarterback coach and offensive coordinator at NC State that helped prepare me before I got here. Once I got here, I really dove into the playbook. All the coaches, Dan, Josh – all those guys have been a huge help for me just building my knowledge of our offense and the game itself.”

Glennon will have the opportunity to put what he has learned together and display it on the field Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals in front of the home crowd.

The “Glennon Era” has begun.

Last modified on Wednesday, 25 September 2013 18:57
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    Schiano has just hinged his buggy to glennan's horse. And with it his future as a NFL coach. I gotta hand it to him, he likes to gamble. This year could be exciting......could
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    If Glennon doesnt stare down his primary receiver and can complete the short passes he will be an upgrade over josh.The hot rout on the blitz is the receiver to the side the blitz is coming from or the slot receiver on opposite side running his rout to the vacated area,quite simple really.Go big Mike.And dont be afraid to take off and run when no ones open at first.
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    I agree that this is a shame. Hopes were so high for this year, with a good looking offence from last year coming back basically intact, and with a better looking defence. My disappointment comes from the timing of the decision, as it once again, pushes the hope of winning/playoffs to next year. It is very hard to argue that a move to a rookie QB is meant to win now, as that is unfair on Glennon. And yes, this 2013 team was meant to win now, as you don't trade for a $16M corner in a rebuilding year. Glennon will throw more picks than Freeman would have this year, due to inexperience, but perhaps they will be cancelled off with more big plays with MG's big arm (and hopefully more solid decision making and, dare-I-say-it, ability to make more than one read). I will now obviously throw my support behind MG, as I remain a Bucs fan through thick & thin, but this sets the franchise back at least a year while another new QB develops. Very sad that the Freeman era has ended, but apparently, he has too many issues on his plate, as he never progressed. Go Bucs!
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    Buc4life79, Okay, but you really said the same thing I did and that was we will be playoff contenders next season not this one? It's too late for this season. The QB is in a big learning curve, we have no special TE, we are pounding Martin to the ground early in the season, we have a Field Goal Kicker that has nothing special in his leg, and worse of all we have an offensive & defensive coordinators that their scheme of play is so conservative I feel like we are in the 1980's. Next year in Free Agency we will pick up another TE, QB, LDE, or in the draft, and also start drafting OL in the later rounds slowly but surely; as that is where we have some age.
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    @horse: Im good with all you´ve said, but we also need another WR :)
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    Man this whole thing is just a shame. I do hope Glennon can make something happen. Funny @Buc4life79 your comment about Josh being the 2nd coming of Vinny T. If you'll recall Vinny broke the NFL record books in several categories once he got out of Tampa. I suspect THAT will be a similar outcome. Josh will get picked up somewhere and if he gets in the right situation, he'll thrive. Funny how out of the 3 first round QBs from Josh's class only the #1 overall pick still has a job. A reminder that the NFL stands for "Not For Long"
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    You never know with rookie QB's. We have all seen high draft choices fail miserably and likewise have seen lesser ranked ones find success. There is enough talent on this team, with even a mediocre performance by the signal caller, to win games. As much as I supported Josh Freeman, there is no denying his statistical shortcomings so far in 2013. All QB's have drops but still manage to complete more than 50% of their passes. With just a little offensive production, those games against the Jets and Saints could have been out of reach making those last second defensive lapses meaningless. Even against the Patriots, if the offense had been able to do anything, the defense slowed down the Brady led scoring machine enough to get a victory.
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    I have to disagree with u Horse...I don't think we're another free agency period and raft away from being SB contenders...I think if Philip Rivers was our QB, we'd be in SB contention right now and for the rest of the season....I think that Mark Dominik finally conceited that Free is who his production says he is...and for lack of a better explanation..he is the second coming of Vinny T. Glennon will play out the rest of the season and if he can consistently get better, then problem solved. if not, then don't be surprised to see us trade for a veteran QB that can do something NOW with these established veterans and then also draft a QB in April. Either way, Free needed to go and I love my Bucs regardless.
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    Buc4life79, Okay, but you really said the same thing I did and that was we will be playoff contenders next season not this one? It's to late for this season. The QB is in a big learning curve, we have no special TE, we are pounding Martin to the ground early in the season, we have a Field Goal Kicker that has nothing special in his leg, and worse of all we have an offensive & defensive coordinators that their scheme of play is so conservative I feel like we are in the 1980's. Next year free Agency we will pick up another TE, QB, LDE, or in the draft, and start replacing the OL slowly but surely; as that is where we have some.
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    Iam looking forward to see what this young QB can do with everything behind him.I believe after the last game that Tampa could have won. This qb is a new start and now we will see what the scouts saw in him. Let's go Bucs with a win over arizona.
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    Glennon is a bare bones rookie as there can be, so I hope fans are realistic as to what he can do this place in time. I support Glennon and the Coach's decision; I know it is going to be very rough after the Philadelphia game. I know some won't like this statement; we are still a Free Agency and Draft away from being playoff contenders, but I feel better that the QB change was made. I am no Freeman hater and I wish him the best.
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    okay, once again, i´m sorry for maybe too many posts, but i got to say it: @Horse: I stand up, applaud and salute to you, because youre so damn right.
  • avatar

    Ogletree drops more passes than he catches, we seriously need a third receiver option, and tightend production.
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    Ogletree was Mike's favorite reciever in the preseason. However, remember Jackson and Williams did not play much in the preseason. I hope Ogletree can look sharpe when his number is dialed. So far he has not shown me much in the regular season.
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    Oh man....VJax and Mike Will not practicing today...it is the start of the Glennon to Ogletree era....is this a joke?
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