Wednesday, October 9, 2013
QB Watch: Buccaneers' Mike Glennon
By Pat Yasinskas
A weekly analysis of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ quarterback play.
Rewind: The Bucs had their bye week, which came after Mike Glennon’s debut in a 13-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
Fast forward: Glennon was thrown into the starting lineup against Arizona after the abrupt benching of Josh Freeman and that put him at a disadvantage. But this time around, Glennon will have much more time to prepare. The coaching staff spent last week going over the Arizona tape with Glennon and working to correct his mistakes. This week, Glennon’s preparation has been focused on getting ready for Philadelphia’s defense.
New weapons? Tampa Bay’s offense has yet to get into any sort of positive rhythm so far this season. Coming out of the bye, the Bucs are likely to try to change some things. Coach Greg Schiano has hinted that running back Jeff Demps could take on a bigger role. Demps could be used as a change of pace to Doug Martin. The Bucs also will have a new slot receiver after releasing Kevin Ogletree. Either Tiquan Underwood or Eric Page will take Ogletree’s place as the Bucs try to get more production from their third receiver spot.
Prediction: Glennon did some positive things early in his debut, but threw two costly interceptions with the game on the line. I expect a more consistent outing from Glennon, but I still expect some rookie mistakes. The Eagles are likely to stack the box to stop Martin and challenge Glennon to beat them. I don’t know if he’s capable of doing that just yet.