Top 30 Buccaneers Mysteries Of 2014 – No. 25

February 6th, 2015
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For two full weeks, Jeff Tedford blame vanished.

In many ways, Tampa Bay’s 2014 season was more bizarre than the MRSA-infected, quarterback-gone-mental, Fire-Schiano-billboards campaign of 2013.

There were plenty of real Bucs mysteries last year, and Joe’s revisiting the most interesting of the bunch.

No. 25 – Glennon success without an offensive coordinator

It’s very popular to blame the Bucs’ offensive nightmare on the loss of Jeff Tedford and faithfully push the reset button with new offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter.

Lovie Smith doesn’t hesitate to talk about how devastating the loss of Tedford — in late August — was to the team.

But if that’s accurate, then how did Mike Glennon throw for 300+ yards in a comeback win at Pittsburgh, and come back the following week and impress at New Orleans, a 37-31 overtime loss the Bucs choked away?

Bucs general manager Jason Licht raved publicly about Glennon after those two games. Lovie was even comparing Glennon to Michael Vick, and de facto playcaller Marcus Arroyo was likening Glennon to Johnny Football, the college version. Glennon’s touch pass to Vincent Jackson was the talk of the NFL (1:02 mark of this video).

Nobody was talking about Tedford after Week 4 and Week 5 of the season. That conveniently picked up again in Week 6.

No. 26 — Putrid punting
No. 27 — Defending three-step drops
No. 28 – Eight consecutive red zone runs versus Rams
No. 29 — Leaky Sean Glennon
No. 30 – Jorvorskie Lane

21 Responses to “Top 30 Buccaneers Mysteries Of 2014 – No. 25”

  1. beeric Says:

    Again, you should rename this salt in the wound series “30 reasons to fire Lovie” as nothing you’ve written on these pages has been, or could be, as convincing of an indictment–and we’re only at #25!!!

  2. Skyline Crew Says:

    Was some nice highlights. Glennon made that look easy. However, our awful defense let that one go. Glennon has flashes of brilliance, but he has never had a fair chance. He works with what he has and it isn’t much. Imagine if he had some stability and didn’t have to learn a new offense every year. The things that could be.

  3. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    No. 25 – Glennon success without an offensive coordinator

    Not a mystery….as they say a broken clock is right twice a day…..

    Who is to say that Glennon wouldn’t have had even more success with an OC….

    I think, overall…..Glennon wasn’t successful….neither was McCown….neiither were the RBs or Oline….the only suucessful crew were the WRs….and, perhaps they would have also been more successful with an OC

  4. Mr. Patrick Says:

    We have never seen Mike Glennon with a good OC, O-Line or good offensive system. He may be a whole lot better than people think. Many other NFL teams think so

  5. feelthepewterpower Says:

    Against two bad defenses. Against a good defense, Baltimore….he looked like Mike Glennon. lol

  6. ToesOnTheLine! Says:

    A shame Lovie never let Glennon play out the season. Contrary to what some believe (it would destroy his trade value…which to me seems ludicrous and completely opposite to the truth…but whatever) playing him even in the less than ideal situation last year was would have given him more film and more experience to help the Bucs in whatever role they plan for him (starter, backup, trade bait). It was painfully obvious that the only pineapple McCown was going to be eating was out of a Dole can, so I’m not sure what Lovie was hoping to accomplish (still can’t believe a professional organization would deliberately tank a season back in November!)

  7. ddneast Says:

    I don’t care who QB’s the Bucs as long as they win games.
    The problem was Glennon kept regressing in his last three games. Whether that was the fault of the OC or not I don’t have a clue. I do know everybody else looked bad and the common denominator was the OC.
    Still, the OC didn’t have anything to do with missing a wide open Mike Evans twice in the game with one of them ending up as a costly INT I against the Browns.

  8. Buddy Ryan Says:

    I like this Glennon kid.
    You never see smart guys pout.
    You dumbasses will trade him to Belichek
    for a handful of magic beans.

  9. pick6 Says:

    if there are 11 guys collectively looking terrible at their jobs on the football field, the likelihood is not that you are watching 11 bad players play. the likelihood is that you are watching one bad coach coach.

  10. Buctebow Says:

    19 starts. That’s all I need to see Melman. Don’t let the door hit you in the…..

  11. ToesOnTheLine! Says:

    @ Pick6

    Those are some true words my fellow Bucs fan.

  12. BoJim Says:

    Play Glennon.

  13. CLW JB Says:

    Of all the crap in Bucs history, watching Lovie roll out the clown week after week is by far the most embarrassing era ever. It just defies common sense that the over the hill never was anything but a loser except 5 stinking games was chosen over. Glennon. Leeman Bennett called, said it was stupid – Ray Perkins called – he said having 3 practices a day in the heat of July was smarter than starting the clown – Richard Williamson was smiling, he was like jeez man, even I know the clown sucks and I am the worst coach in the history of the NFL…

    I was 8 y/o in 1976 when my dad took me to my first game – have had season tickets for umpteen years as a Dad myself now and this is the most sickening time in our history – I can’t wait until Father Lovie gets canned…just counting the days…so scared he is in control of our top pick and another year of FA – his record of building teams is just plain pathetic….almost as pathetic as his decision to stick with the clown

    Just wondering how many more years he can set us back….

  14. FortMyersDave Says:

    I’m with ya CLB JB: the actions Lovie took this season to insure loss after loss this season brings me back to those Creamsicle days as well. The way the Bucs lost winnable game after game was right in the wheelhouse of one Leeman Bennett and John McKay would probably be speechless if he was around to get some quotes from after each Buc loss in 2014 (and boy did he lay out some beauties back in the day), the Buc Bomber would crash and burn, and the great Tom McEwan would renounce Tampa sports and move back to Wauchula and go back to growing citrus and herding cattle….. You’d almost think that the Bucs were throwing each game by looking at the fashion in how they lost a lot of the games both at home and away and I am not just talking bout the 2nd half tank job by Lovie vs the saints at RJS to cinch the #1 overall when it became obvious the Titans were tanking vs the Colts even more obviously the the Bucs…. This is some bad football we seen this past season CLW JB; as I have said numerous times it brings me back to my youthful days of growing up in Temple Terrace and watching my Bucs lose week after week with the glorious exception of the 81/82 seasons and of course the miracle season of ’79 where the Bucs won a playoff game (costing one Brent Musberger a huge wad of change as the compulsive gambler was certain Philly would roll Tampa) and then came up short to the Lambs….. I just hope the new OC helps turn the team around else your prediction about Lovie setting the team back by years will turn out to be true…..

  15. passthebuc Says:

    only one mystery

    how the Buc’s won 2 games

  16. Brandon Says:

    Glennon was successful? That’s news to me.

  17. » Blog Archive » Top Buccaneers Mysteries Of 2014 — No. 25 - Tampa Bay Bucs Blog, Bucccaneers News Says:

    […] No. 25 — Glennon success without an offensive coordinator No. 26 — Putrid punting No. 27 — Defending three-step drops No. 28 – Eight consecutive red zone runs versus Rams No. 29 — Leaky Sean Glennon No. 30 – Jorvorskie Lane […]

  18. IStillbleedOrange Says:

    Perhaps you should make #24 “How Joe mistook Glennon’s play as successful”

    Seriously? I know y’all went out on a limb last year by declaring yourselves “General of the Mob”, but come on man. How do you define success? Limiting the number of times you run out of bounds behind the line of scrimmage to under 5? Underthrowing wide open Mike Evans? Ignoring the open Vincent Jackson to throw a check down? Heck I won’t even mention “That one play…”

    A QB’s tendencies are rarely changeable. If it were easy to fix bad QB play, there wouldn’t be so many failed QB’s. Yeah, there is a lot of hate for Lovie right now, it’s always easy to say why didn’t you…after the fact with the benefit of replay and social media. But the fact is, Lovie is the head coach and he knows a little bit about the game. I find it very telling that even with the bad play of McCown, he kept with him, saying he brought the best chance to win. And with that thought…what does that tell you about the Bucs and how they felt about Glennon. If he were really good enough to win, don’t you think those WRs we have on the team might have said something? Especially now, after the season?

  19. Kevin S Says:

    Just another solid reason to draft a QB with the first pick….BUT let him sit and learn and start Glennon all next season with Koetter. As a solid die hard Buc fan….I’d REALLY like to see what he can do under Koetter and our defense going into it’s second year. He can’t be any worse than throwing a rookie QB into the fire. Draft Mariotta and give Glennon a fair chance.

    I was excited about McCown but he just didn’t show he had the balls that he temporarily grew during his time starting games in Chicago two years ago.

    Give Glennon a shot, I’m afraid we are going to just throw him out and he will be yet ANOTHER former Bucs player to make this organization look like a bunch of FOKC TARDS

  20. Jack Says:

    Glennon is the QB until Coach Smith says otherwise, and Koetter is just the OC that make Glennon more effective.

  21. Joe Says:

    Glennon is the QB until Coach Smith says otherwise,

    That edict came in Week 9, didn’t it?