Step Back Or Step Forward For Mike Glennon?December 8th, 2013
Mike Glennon racked up his fourth win against six losses in a laugher today at the Stadium on Dale Mabry Highway, surpassing leaky Rip Van Freeman’s mark of 3-6 in his rookie season.
But how should Bucs fans evaluate Glennon’s performance against Buffalo as the future face of the franchise? It’s a question that the New Schiano Order and Team Glazer surely will be scrutinizing at the end of the season.
Today Glennon made a fantastic touch throw to Vincent Jackson, truly elite.
Glennon hit Tiquan Underwood inside his shoulder in the end zone, a ball Underwood should have snagged.
Glennon threw two touchdown passes and flashed solid escapability.
But Glennon threw two picks, had horrific number 9-for-25 for 90 yards, seemed rattled at times in the pocket by pressure that wasn’t there, took a needless sack, and looked like a typical rookie that just happened to be a lot better than the other rookie QB on the other side of the field.
Glennon, unfortunately, is somewhat weapons challenged and Bucs fans can’t see what he can do with how a healthy Mike Williams would open up the field. Or what it would look like with a good slot receiver, or two tight ends.
But to be fair, Glennon’s performance has regressed the past two weeks. Because he’s a third-round pick and the Bucs have little invested in him, Glennon has got to shine in the final three games if the Bucs — and Bucs fans — are to feel confident in his future in Tampa Bay.
Freeman took a December fade last season and it earned him the gift of “competition,” aka Glennon. No. 8 will get that same spring gift if he can’t convince the world he can be “the guy” to mix it up with Matt Ryan, Drew Brees and Cam Newton for a division title.
Fair or not, that’s a quarterback’s life in the NFL.