“He’s Not Going To Look Very Good”December 19th, 2013
There’s doom and gloom surrounding the prospects for the Bucs offense Sunday in St. Louis.
Never mind that St. Louis doesn’t have much of a pass defense, 27th-ranked in the NFL.
Never mind that Drew Brees, despite an off day and two interceptions, lit up the Rams for 393 yards in the air Sunday.
No, it’s all about location and Mike Glennon, says one NFL insider.
Pat Kirwan, former Jets coach and personnel chief, and current analyst for CBS Sports and NFL radio host, notes that Glennon is taking one sack for every eight pass attempts on the road.
“Look where he is. He’s in St. Louis. They’ve got 47 sacks the last two years in there, 24 this year. So he’s not going to look good in a game like this,” Kirwan says in this CBS Sports preview video with the mouth-watering Erin Sharoni.
Yes, the Rams have a beastly pass rush with bookend manbeast Robert Quinn and Chris Long.
While Quinn didn’t do anything against Donald Penn last year, Penn noted to Joe yesterday that Quinn has clearly progressed on film. Penn also said right tackle Demar Dotson struggled with Long last season, so Sunday was a payback game for Dotson.
Joe’s really not concerned about the Bucs’ bouncing back as pass blockers; it’s the run-blocking that is mired in deep mud.
Interestingly, Kirwan went on to say he would rank Glennon as a better quarterback than injured Rams QB Sam Bradford, and both the Rams and Bucs are franchises “holding their breath that their quarterback is good enough to make them a playoff team next year.”
From that comment, Joe’s guessing Kirwan has heard Greg Schaino will return.