Schiano Heaps Praise On GlennonDecember 24th, 2013
Mike Glennon is an excellent quarterback when “he can actually play the position.” That was a common theme repeated by Greg Schiano during his various public chats yesterday.
The clear implication was that Glennon does just fine when his linemen block and his receivers get seperation.
Of course, that prompted cynical Joe to think, ‘Isn’t every quarterback good when all his right around him?’
But the reality is Glennon is more accurate than most and he’s proven he can succeed — when he’s got a humming running game and turnovers from his defense.
A caller to Schiano’s show on the Buccaneers Radio Network last night on WDAE-AM 620 questioned the coach on Glennon, essentially saying Glennon doesn’t have what it takes, in part, because he didn’t show enough intensity in the Rams game on a third-down scramble for a first down. Glennon dove (not slid) a little early for the first-down and came up inches short.
“I think Mike is a fine young quarterback. He does all the things we ask. When he has the opportunity to do it, when he’s not under duress, when he can actually play the position, I think he does a fine job,” Schiano responded. “There are certain things, you know when he didn’t get to the stick, certainly that was, I think he did feel like he got to the stick and then he came up a little bit short. But I think Mike Glennon is really progressing very, very well and is an excellent quarterback and an excellent prospect.”
Joe can’t go so far as to call Glennon “excellent.” That’s a bit much. But Glennon largely has done an excellent job as a third-round pick dropped into a mess in Week 4. He’s got only one clear cut NFL-level receiver, a rookie tight end, a shaky line and a running back with flimsy experience.
Regardless, Glennon is Schiano’s guy — until his competition arrives.