Glennon Will Need A Football MiracleSeptember 27th, 2013
Back in June, Bucs quarterbacks coach John McNulty was very clear with Joe when he said that a quarterback in the Bucs’ offensive system needs a few years to master it.
McNulty came to the Bucs with experience in the system from his days as an assistant under Tom Coughlin in Jacksonville.
“It took [Mark] Brunell a few years. It took Eli [Manning] a few years in this system. It takes time to just be able to go out there and just do it,” McNulty said. “So you try to simulate those reps as much as you can in the classroom, because physically it’s just hard to get all the looks and the different plays and all that. And [Freeman's] been excellent with it.
“And I mean it could tire you out where you get to the point where you say, ‘Hey, c’mon. I got this.” But he’s been very good with [studying.] He’s a very intelligent football player. He knows a lot of football. He’s played in a lot of systems. So, you know, he’s able to funnel all of that knowledge and energy into, “Here’s what we’re doing here.” You know what I mean, when you’ve played in three or four different systems, you can kind of just run them together. So I think the second year with this, what we’re asking him to do, he’s done a great job with it so far.”
So where does this leave rookie Mike Glennon, who’s jumping into the mix with little practice time, let alone a full offseason, with the first team?
Joe’s happy for Glennon that he’s getting his shot in the NFL, but he’s not in an offense that’s going to make it easy for him.
Last year, Joe talked to former Bucs wide receivers coach P.J. Fleck after Fleck left the Bucs to coach Western Michigan University. Fleck was rather candid and said that a lot of the perceived “mis-communication” issues Bucs had late last season with Josh Freeman was more a result of NFL defenses catching up to the Bucs.
Joe doesn’t see how the Bucs and Mike Sullivan have recovered. And now they’ve got a huge challenge of a rookie QB on their hands.
Father Dungy did a radio interview recently in which he stated that Greg Schiano made the wrong move going to Glennon, and Dungy said he would do nearly everything he could to keep a rookie QB — one that didn’t get the starting job in training camp — off the field.
Dungy talked about how he started Trent Dilfer in 1999, made a change to Eric Zeier, then went back to Dilfer to keep rookie Shaun King off the field, but then went to King as a last resort. King went 4-1 to finish the season and led the Bucs to the NFC Championship game, a feat Dungy called a “miraculous job.”
At 0-3 in a struggling offense on a team mired in a media circus and with a head coach under pressure, Glennon might need more than a miracle for a successful season.