Bucs’ Passing Game Better With Glennon

October 20th, 2013

mike glennon

Many Bucs fans — largely those known as “Freemanites” — still howl about the Bucs cutting loose malcontent defrocked franchise quarterback Josh Freeman. In some cases, so much so that local animal services has visited their residence for drop-kicking a pet cat across the backyard.

There really hasn’t been a marked difference in the Bucs’ passing attack since Freeman left, partially because of injuries to skill position players. But hold up, says Bucs commander Greg Schiano. The passing of current starter Mike Glennon has improved greatly over Freeman in one area: Accuracy. Can you imagine? Light upon this subject is shed by Woody Cummings of the Tampa Tribune.

Glennon’s mobility isn’t the only thing that has Schiano smiling. His ability to hit receivers on the run with his passes has brought back an offensive dimension Schiano said was missing with former starter Josh Freeman.

Freeman’s inability to consistently hit his targets in stride, Schiano said, greatly reduced his receivers’ ability to make yards after the catch and therefore limited the offense’s true potential. Last week, Schiano said he thinks that trend will slowly change for the Bucs now that Glennon is at quarterback, and there is already proof.

Though the Bucs are last in the league in total yards after the catch with 421, a season-high 107 came against the Eagles, when Glennon completed 26 of 43 throws (60 percent). It marked the first time this season a Bucs quarterback has completed more than 50 percent of his passes.

Joe is somewhat interested to see how Glennon does against the Dixie Chicks. It could be the first time the Bucs had their projected starting tight end and receivers. Vincent Jackson will start, of course. and Mike Williams is expected back. Tight end Tom Crabtree also should log many more snaps.

This can only help Glennon and the Bucs find that elusive first win of 2013.

22 Responses to “Bucs’ Passing Game Better With Glennon”

  1. Tampabaybuctfan Says:

    There is no question that Glennon is more accurate with short and intermediate passes….he has a nice touch and throws “catchable” balls. As far as the deep passing…I’m not sure it has been inacuracy, but conservative throws deliberately thrown out of bounds because the recievers weren’t open. I’m not sure VJacx or MW19 have been 100% with Glennon and they haven’t been open deep.
    Josh would throw it regardless of coverage and trust them to win the matchup. I’m not sure Glennon has that confidence yet.
    We can win without going downfield..but we can’t if we continue to get offensive penalties.

  2. Splengo Says:

    I think the stats show that the short game is better, the long ball, not. If Glennon can improve on his accuracy with the deep ball, I think we could say that the Buc passing game is better.

    But it’s wins that count. When Glennon can win 10 games in a season, or even 7, then he will start to get credit for being the one. Until then, he’s just another of the many QBs that have come to the Bucs with potential.

  3. Patrick in VA Says:

    Schiano’s comments about anything Bucs related are worthless. Things aren’t getting better because you say they’re getting better Greg. Your team isn’t good because you say it’s good. As much as you want your decrees to be taken as law you’re actually pretty hard to stomach and you make yourself and our team look more foolish every time you show your face at a podium. Every passing day we spend with schiano as our leader is an insult to the fans. If schiano is asked not to get on the bus from the stadium this afternoon I’ll be just fine with that. We’ll send your things to your house, thanks for paying.

  4. MadMax Says:

    We removed Freeman, but theres more work to be done…..keep surgically cutting at it Glazers 😉

  5. SeanyMac in SC Says:

    Bucs – please stop the drive killing penalties on offense. Every time DM22 gets a good rush, its called back for holding. That Raiders game last year seems like a decade ago already.

    It seems Dashon Goldson is disappearing because he is afraid of extra focus the zebras now give him and is not playing with the same certainty when closing for the tackle. He’s forced to play touch football while others are playing tackle football. My take.

  6. scubog Says:

    Wow, have we really stooped to comparing one game of YAC as the measure of our QB? How about being the reason the team wins? Until Glennon proves to be worthy of Schiano’s field promotion; the move is reminiscent of the mom who killed the competition to aid her daughter’s desire to be a cheerleader. I’ll root for whomever is taking snaps, but after having supported every head coach for the past 38 years, this is the first one I really don’t like. I don’t Trust him, I don’t Believe him and I hope he’s held Accountable. Prove me wrong Mr. Schiano.

  7. Tampabaybuctfan Says:

    Glennon’s development is no longer about Schiano….its about Glennon & his “weapons”….all things should be somewhat equal for comparison sake….WRs, O-line…..I am hopeful that the emergence of a TE in our Offense will tip the scales.
    Glennon will get a chance to develop….barring injury, he will have 13 starts.
    If Schiano doesn’t survive, Glennon may be a suitable backup for the new coach’s QB.

  8. Patrick in VA Says:

    Fellas that are going to the game better stock up on your quinoa. We need all the luck we can get

  9. Fritz50 Says:

    “Glennon’s development is no longer about Schiano….its about Glennon & his “weapons”….”

    I think it’s really naive to think that Schiano & his staff have nothing to do with Glennon’s developement. We’ll see, but if Glennon does well, Schiano & staff get credit, in addition to Glennon. To say that Glennon can become a great QB (or even a good one ) in defiance of his coaching runs counter to plain old common sense. Not saying he won’t do well , just that it HAS to be a joint effort of the QB, Coaches, & the rest of the offense. He’s not out on the field by himself, nor is he choosing the plays.

  10. manning Says:

    What ever it is, this kid Glennon has IT for sure and will be on full display today! Go ahead Gene D you can say it, Bucs W…na I guess we wait till after the final whistle to hear it…

  11. SAMCRO Says:

    he had 3 throws over 25 yards and missed all of them. most of his completions were at or around the line of scrimmage. wake-up dufuss!

  12. Joe Dunn Says:

    But if you listened to the loudmouth host on 620 yesterday (dont know his name) our new QB has sooooo many flaws. Jesus, did any QB that became great light it up and make ALL the throws in hos rookie season?
    I like the kid and say GIVE A CHANCE TO GROW.

  13. Tampabaybuctfan Says:

    @ Fritz50

    I’m not saying Schiano & the coaches have nothing to do with his development…..but many who post want to make everything about Schiano no matter what the subject. Its their hatred for the coach and fear that a successful Glennon will save him.
    So, perhaps I should have said “Its much more about Glennon than Schiano”

  14. BucsQcCity Says:

    Joe please stop the Schiano propaganda. Its opinion and analysis is worthless

  15. BamBamBuc Says:

    Watch the game again… he had a couple throws that allowed YAC. Most had no chance. Even the short quick throws were so telegraphed that there was no chance of YAC. He has no more passes that allow for YAC than any other QB on our team or another team in the NFL. I would figure less. He can’t hit the deep sideline pass anywhere close enough that our WRs even have a chance to go up and fight for the ball. I’d rather see our guys going up and making their spectacular catches on the sidelines than watching it sail over their heads and out of bounds. Glennon’s mechanics are still poor. He over-rotates his hips on some throws while short stepping others and not even stepping into the throw on others. Foles threw just as tight a fast ball and probably more accurate than Glennon because he actually stepped into the throw, over the front foot and followed through. Even though Foles doesn’t have Glennon’s arm strength, he doesn’t throw all-arm like Glennon does. That will mess with Glennon’s accuracy. Some will be pin-point, others will be in the dirt, others will sail…

  16. bucfan062798 Says:

    Fuck the yucs. I am not renewing my tickets until Dominic and Hitler are outta here. The glazers disrespect each and every fan until this is dine.

  17. Meh Says:

    His deep accuracy is just terrible, and that 60% number came against one of the worst passing defenses in the league.

    He’s going to have the rest of the season to sort things out, but I’m having a hard time seeing Glennon as anything other than a backup qb, although he could be a pretty good backup.

  18. MadMax Says:

    Exactly Meh, if he doesnt work out in the long run and we go with another qb, at least he can replace Orlovsky.

    But Im really pulling for him and I LOVE what Im seeing so far….he’s making the short throws “Gosh” wouldve missed….just need to work on the long ball.

  19. Couch Fan Says:

    I’m not worried about the deep ball. That’ll take time. That other guy couldn’t throw deep balls either until last year… Just sayin. To say he is only a back up because he can’t throw deep balls is asinine.

  20. Bobby Says:

    Glennon CAN throw he deep ball. No one was open on those passes so Glennon just threw it away. Smart move by a QB who knows his receiver is not 100%. Go back and look at his college highlights if you think he can’t throw the long ball.

  21. Bucfan#37 Says:

    Glennon’s progress in 2 games is noticed. The Bucs have a good chance to get the win today. It will be close.

  22. White Tiger Says:

    Injuries – you mean to the same offensive linemen that were out when Freeman was starting? Injuries – like when both STARTING WR’s weren’t in the game when Freeman was playing?

    Accuracy improves a TON when you have max protext on. Accuracy improves a TON when BOTH STARTING WR’s are in the game, at the same time.

    Acurracy – like when you DON’T scheme a pass to the TE while Freeman is the starting QB – BUT when Glennon becomes the starter – Sully FINALLY finally starts finding regular dump-off passes? SO much so that the last game our TE was THE leading pass catcher?

    How about Freeman’s penchant for the long ball – that somehow got left out of the gameplan – until the head coach’s favorite college recruit makes his debut?

    Yeah – hold that thought – Monday Night Football’s coming.

    and, by the way – for those NON-Freemanites – have the RRESULTS of the games changed from when Schia-Na-Na was coaching Freeman-led teams versus when Schia-Na-Na has been coaching Glennon-led teams?



    One more loss and the cats from my yard, will start ending up your yard.

    Here’s a hint – Glennon isn’t the problem – no matter what the head coach starts telling you.