Bucs Hurt By Quarterback “Donkey”January 28th, 2014
Arguably the greatest wide receiver never to make a Pro Bowl (five consecutive 1,000-yard seasons) Amani Toomer learned plenty of football during his 13 seasons and 668 receptions with the New York Giants. A former student of ousted Bucs offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan when he coached Giants receivers, Toomer was doing his SiriusXM NFL Radio/NBC Sports thing at Super Bowl Media Day today. Joe caught up with Toomer to talk about the failed Bucs offense and Sullivan.
JoeBucsFan.com: Former Bucs offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan was your position coach and is someone I know you respect and have followed. Did the Bucs offense last season look like Sullivan’s, or did it seem to you that maybe the offense had some new influences?
Amani Toomer: No, it was pretty much spot on. I think the quarterback situation really hampered that team. Even now, it’s not a secure thing. A coach once told me, the defensive line coach for the Giants when they were kicking butt, everybody was giving him credit and he said, ‘Hey, nobody’s ever won the Kentucky Derby on a donkey. You need the horses.’
And that’s what I thought about when I saw Mike Sullivan’s offense. He had great weapons on the outside and a talented offensive line last season. But if you have an inconsistent signalcaller, you’re in trouble and your consistency won’t be there.
Joe: Did you watch Mike Glennon much? Are you saying he was a donkey?
Toomer: Yeah, I think Glennon had a good run, a good month or so, but in the NFL things usually go in four week cycles. If you have a good four weeks, especially at quarterback, defenses are going to figure you out and then you are going to have to adjust. Constantly adjusting your game and improving. Glennon had a great four or five week run and then everybody caught up with him, and he didn’t adjust and get to finish well. With quarterbacks it’s not just an ascending plane. They go up and down and up and down because they always are getting scouted and need to adjust their games. The ones that adjust are the good ones that can have long careers as starters.
Joe: I just heard you talking to Nashville media saying that Jake Locker wasn’t “the guy” and not in the class of guys with franchise QB potential. Is Glennon in that group or do you have more hope for Glennon’s potential?
Toomer: I just don’t know yet. I was impressed with him at times. I thought his poise was good. I thought he did some good things. If you’re a third-round draft pick and can do some good things in your first year, that shows real signs of having the ability, but it’s going to be a bumpy road to develop it.