QB School Starts Day 1 For GlennonFebruary 3rd, 2014
The quarterback gurus on the Buccaneers staff are hungry for their chance to teach Mike Glennon. It’s what they do. And No. 8 is their only horse in the stable right now.
Joe talked to new Bucs QB coach Marcus Arroyo last week about what he’ll attack with Glennon out of the gate when the team returns to practice in nine weeks.
Arroyo, a former starter at San Jose State and QB coach with Jeff Tedford at “Cal,” is all about teaching and doesn’t subscribe to the Greg Schiano philosophy of avoiding teaching QB mechanics like Joe would steer clear of Rosie O’Donnell’s dressing room.
Arroyo and Tedford have identified key mechanical points to improve Glennon, but there’s not just one or two they’ll attack on Day 1.
“I wouldn’t say there’s one piece we want to work on [immediately] with Mike Glennon. I wouldn’t say one. As we move through this evaluation process, I think there’s a few things now we’ve recognized that we can build on quickly that we’re real excited about,” Arroyo said. “Mike has great arm strength, which many people know. We’ve talked. He’s mentioned things he wanted to get better at, just listening to him talk.
“Standing in the pocket he does a really good job, delivering on time, delivering with the arm strength he’s got, can throw every ball, it’s where that’s ball placed. “Ball placement. Is it on the right shoulder? How can I get it back to the right shoulder? Where can I put the ball, you know, for best run after catch? And what balls are those being thrown. Are they crossing routes when we’re having to step up or step out? So are we going to work on pocket working and particularly being flushed in the middle as opposed to flushed outside. Are we going to work on having to step up and throw a crosser against our body and how to move our back foot first. Little things like that will be a focus.”
Joe’s got the distinct sense the regime will use the several OTA sessions in April to really get a sense of what they have in Glennon versus relying very heavily on his game film.
“There’s a delivery component that can make him more efficient that we’re excited about. And I think we can again, tweak, which will make him efficient. [It would apply to] every throw,” Arroyo said. “I think there’s something within that Jeff and I are excited about we think we can make him better with quickly. And he does a great job with a lot of his throws; he has very good mechanics. Polishing those things can help. One separation component to work on. “
Arroyo went on to say Glennon already is excited about some things he’s been able to see on film.
It’s unknown what happens at quarterback for the Bucs. But Glennon will have his chance to wow coaches before the draft in May. Those will be critical days for No. 8′s future.