Let Mike Glennon Throw

September 16th, 2017

Bucs want him passing.

Though no Bucs coach has come out and said it, you don’t have to be a math major to add together small statements this week and determine their gameplan for Sunday.

In short, the Bucs want Mike Glennon to throw early and often.

The first hint was when Mike Smith, answering a question from Joe about what his Sunday snaps goal is for Noah Spence, said he wanted Spence fresh for the fourth quarter to get after Glennon, who has all the mobility of a mailbox.

Then last night on SiriusXM NFL Radio, while appearing on “Late Hits” with co-hosts Alex Marvez and Gil Brandt, Koetter dropped a more hints for what the goal is tomorrow.

First Koetter raved about the Bears two-headed monster at running back, Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen. Then Koetter noted one of his keys for the Bucs defense Sunday.

“[Cohen] is very, very impressive and when I was watching that game just on TV live on Sunday, of course, I was glued to watching Howard, the other running back, who was second in the league in rushing last year,” Koetter said when asked about Cohen. “So, when [Cohen] came in — they really have a nice one-two punch at running back.

“The other thing is [the Bears] threw the ball to [Cohen] a lot. What I noticed is not just the speed, but when the defense tried to tackle him high, I think there were at least three times where he kind of went under the high tackle and pulled out of it and got yards after contact. I was real impressed with not just as a runner but as a receiver.

“I can assure you that we have done everything we can to impress on our defenders that those two running backs the Bears have are guys who can get it done.”

Then later, when Marvez asked about the chicken-or-the-egg theory of Glennon knowing the Bucs defense or the defense knowing Glennon, Koetter — while praising Glennon — all but said the Bucs want Glennon to throw.

“Yeah, he practiced against our defense,” Koetter said of Glennon. “The thing you have to remember about when a quarterback is practicing against a defense, [the defense] is not allowed to hit him. You talk to any quarterback in the league and the best way to get a quarterback out of his rhythm is to knock him down a few times.

“We are going to try to put some pressure on Mike. Mike did a really good job I thought of getting rid of the football [against the Dixie Chicks] and getting the ball to his checkdowns. I’m not sure what they were asking him to do but he gave his team a chance to win, an excellent chance to win against the defending NFC champs.”

What does this all add up to for Joe? If Gumby Spence wants to become known as one of the feared edge rushers in the game, he will get every opportunity to prove himself when Glennon is dropping back to pass, preferably in the fourth quarter.

In the infamous words of Al Davis, Glennon must go down, and he must go down hard.

10 Responses to “Let Mike Glennon Throw”

  1. cmurda Says:

    Mike Smith knows what to do with his defense. The Bucs will do everything in their power to load the box and take away the Bears running backs. Make Glennon beat us through the air.

  2. Buc50 Says:

    How about “Make” Glennon throw. If we go up early, they have no choice but to throw and I’m not afraid of that Glennon.

  3. Lee Says:

    I think the Bucs d will make Glennon look like Joe Montana tomorrow. 3 or 4 hundred yards in the air and 3 or 4 td’s. Ex-Bucs usually have success as soon as they leave here. Don’t be surprised!

  4. Blake Johnson Says:


    You’re dead wrong. Mike Glennon will do nothing but throw checkdowns and get sacked.

  5. Piratic Says:

    @Lee: I WILL be surprised, very surprised indeed.

    Those sorry Bucs teams we’ve seen since 2009 are fading quickly in the rear view mirror. Reset your football outlook because these are not the same ‘ol Bucs: Loads of young talent (finally!) chosen by a very competent up-and-coming GM, a coaching staff that is well thought of by their peers throughout the league, (not the hot mess that categorized the last three regimes) AND a true franchise QB who demands greatness from himself and from others.

    You are living in the past. Open your eyes to see what is happening NOW, and it’ll be very difficult for you to temper your excitement, I’m sure. Go Bucs!!

  6. Pickgrin Says:

    Hold Bears RBs to under 100 yards + Tackle well in the open field = WIN #1

  7. Garv Says:

    Of course the Buccaneer game plan has to be to stop the Bear’s running game, take the lead and go get Glennon. It’s not rocket science. The question is are the Buccaneer players going to be mentally and physically ready for the game? Because of Irma herself and the bye week fiasco, because training camp ended on the assumption that this would be the 2nd game of the season, these are legitimate questions that can only be answered on the field tomorrow. I think we do know that given the schedule a loss would be devastating. A “must” game in week one? Never before but as Bob Dylan once sang, Things Have Changed.

  8. Cobraboy Says:

    I expect the Bucs to show early rust, and I expect the Bears to try to take advantage of that rust.

  9. RayJameisStadium Says:

    Spence, Ayers, McCoy, Alexander, David and Beckwith are salivating like mad wolves!!!!

    Poor Lee…. He forgot how Glennon 9 times out of ten would hit opposing cb’s in the back throwing deep balls. VHIII and Grimes will have a field day if Glennon goes deep to his no name receivers.

    This might be the last game Glennon starts as their QB. Clipboard duties are in his future. Hopefully the MGM are realizing the truth.

    Go Bucs!!!

  10. BigMacAttack Says:

    Sounds like a healthy dose of LB and Safety blitzes.