Mike Glennon And The ShotgunJune 5th, 2014
Yesterday, Joe brought word from the Pro Football Focus nerds about Josh McCown and his impressive numbers while throwing out of a shotgun formation, a possible clue to what Bucs offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford’s offense may look like.
Though the story had nothing to do with backup quarterback Mike Glennon, the Mike Glennon Mob — you know who you are — seemed irked because Joe didn’t write anything about Glennon.
Well, here is your Glennon piece and his numbers out of a shotgun were not pretty; Glennon threw 282 passes and completed 165 for a 58 percent completion percentage for nine yards a pass. Not very good.
And it is not as if Glennon was rushed that much. Of all the quarterbacks the spreadsheeters tracked, only nine quarterbacks averaged over three seconds to unload the ball, and one was Glennon (the two quarterbacks who had the most time to throw were both mobile quarterbacks, Michael Vick and Terrelle Pryor).
So we cannot use the Bucs’ offensive line as an excuse for Glennon’s subpar numbers out of the shotgun.
What jumped out to Joe was the yards per attempt, second-worst of all the quarterbacks the nerds tracked, with a paltry 5.3 yards per pass completion out of the shotgun.
Now before Joe looked up these numbers, he thought Glennon’s numbers would have been sound. Joe specifically remembers two hurry-up scoring drives Glennon had in the first half against San Francisco (until then-Bucs commander Greg Schiano pulled the plug on him). Just by those two drive alone, Joe thought Glennon’s numbers out of the shotgun would have been better.
Then again, like Joe heard over the weekend from a trusted NFL personnel man, “What else did you expect from Glennon, he was stuck in dink-and-dunk offense?”