Glennon Playing All The AnglesJanuary 15th, 2014
Mike Glennon is no fool. He knows he’s got important opportunities between now and when the free agency bell rings in March to impress Lovie Smith.
Lovie already shared that Glennon was knocking on his door within minutes of his hire to find out the rules surrounding Glennon being allowed to learn and work right now at One Buc Palace.
And today, Glennon just so happened to pen a piece for Peter King’s website, TheMMQB.com, talking about his experience in Seattle, which calls national attention to arguably his best performance of the season — against the NFC’s top team. Glennon was 17-for-23 for 168 yards and two touchdowns.
Yet we had to get the play in quickly, and get in and out of the huddle quickly. That way, if we did have to audible, we’d have enough time left on the play clock. We left audibles on for calls that had them—the noise didn’t change the adjustments we could make—but I had to allow for extra time to execute them. If I wanted to audible in this environment, I had to walk along the line of scrimmage from tackle to tackle, telling my teammates the change. Normally we can communicate a change within two or three seconds, but I gave myself about five or six seconds in Seattle to be on the safe side.
My teammates did a great job communicating outward, or repeating the audible call from the guards to the tackles, and the tackles to the tight ends. We really didn’t have any communication problems the whole game, which was pretty impressive given how loud it was. It’s typical to start any road game using a silent cadence on plays out of the shotgun, but we can often switch out of it later on when the noise isn’t too bad.
Against the Seahawks, we had to use the silent count out of the shotgun for the whole game; the linemen couldn’t hear me even from a couple yards back. The silent count actually helped us a few times, because we got them to jump and got a few free plays. On my first touchdown, a 12-yard pass to Tim Wright, I knew that a defender had jumped offside, so I gave our receiver a chance to catch a ball that I might not have thrown if they weren’t offside. I think we got the Seahawks to jump twice, but that was a while ago, so they might have cleaned it up since then.
Joe’s not surprised to see Glennon getting his name out there. It can only help him. (You can learn more via the link above.) Perception of a player is a powerful force when the pressure is on in draft-day war rooms.
Remember, Glennon walked out of North Carolina State at 23 years old with a Master’s Degree and a 3.8 GPA, all while living the life of a devoted starting quarterback. Enter Glennon into the 2013 Bucs offense, one his own quarterback coach said would take three seasons to fully grasp, and Glennon played ok. Coaches said they didn’t scale down the playbook at all, despite Glennon being thrown into the fire midseason.
He’s a sharp guy — smart enough to know his future could lie greatly in what happens between now and when Roger Goodell stops to the podium in New York.