Shaun King: Glennon Earns “B” GradeOctober 17th, 2013
Count former Bucs quarterback Shaun King as a guy on the Mike Glennon bandwagon. (Joe will have to ask King personally if he’s a member of the popular Mike Glennon Mob.)
King, one of three QBs to lead the Bucs to the NFC title game, was his usual candid self on the Ron and Ian show on WDAE-AM 620 this morning. King evaluated Glennon and said Glennon is nearly playing up to his personal potential.
“He’s played fine. He’s thrown to the open guy. He’s done things a young quarterback has done late in games by making mistakes. But he’s shown some positive signs. I just don’t know if he’s ever going to be a franchise quarterback. But I mean I’m not upset with the way he’s played. He’s kind of what Greg Schiano wants. He wants a guy that’s just going to go back and throw the checkdown and hit the open guy. But it’s tough to score points in this league like that. You know, if you can’t create chunk plays on offense, and the one area he’s really struggled is throwing the ball down the field, if you can’t create chunk plays in the league it’s tough to score. You know, it’s just tough to get the football and take 11, 12 plays every time to go score points.
“But as far as how I’d grade Mike Glennon, he’d probably get a “B” from me. In a really tough situation, in all that turmoil and dysfunction, he’s come in and the game hasn’t looked bigger than him. He’s looked confident. But again, I think he’s a young quarterback that has limited potential in the first place.”
King went on to say Glennon is “more polished” than Josh Freeman when it comes to fundamentals. That’s evidence, King explained, of how the Bucs bungled the development of Freeman since he arrived in Tampa as a raw, franchise-QB-caliber talent.
Joe must agree with King’s takes above. Glennon has done well — for him — through two games. Glennon, though, has huge tests in his near future, with hitting the road to hostile domes (Altanta and Seattle) and the bright lights of primetime football against the Panthers’ third-ranked defense. His performances will be telling. (Enjoy King’s full interview below. )