“Will They Not Load The Box As Much?”October 22nd, 2013
Joe read an interesting stat before last Sunday’s game that claimed Mike Glennon was the second-most blitzed quarterback in the NFL, based on percentage of passing attempts. Teams are coming after Glennon, and they were loading the box to stuff Doug Martin and dare Glennon to beat them.
No surprise there. He’s a rookie QB and Martin was a Pro Bowler.
But that could change Thursday night against Carolina. Martin is shelved with a shoulder injury and Greg Schiano is waiting to see how the Panthers defend his juggernaut offense.
“When you’re talking about loading the box, that’s to stop the run. So with Doug [Martin] gone, you wonder will they not load the box as much? Do they respect our backup two running backs and our run game, or are they going to lay back more in 2-safety-high and make you beat’em with the run?” Schiano said today at One Buc Palace. “I don’t know. You got a rookie tailback and you got a rookie quarterback. So let them pick; we’ll just react to it.”
The lousy thing is Carolina has the No. 3 ranked defense in the NFL. They’re fifth against the pass, fourth against the run and second best in points allowed (13.8 per game). No matter how Carolina approaches the Bucs they have the talent to stuff them.
Joe suspects Carolina will do all kinds of things to confuse Glennon. A big key will be whether the Bucs’ offensive line can shake their demons and pass block. If not, there’s going to be a loud chorus of boos flying through the night sky.
(Here’s Schiano’s full morning news conference today, via 620wdae.com)