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Monday, November 4, 2013
Bucs' Glennon more than 'game manager'

By Pat Yasinskas

TAMPA, Fla. -- With an 0-8 record, there aren't a lot of positives for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Mike Glennon
In five games started this season, Bucs QB Mike Glennon has thrown for 1,165 yards and eight TDs.
But coach Greg Schiano kept pointing to one Monday. That was rookie quarterback Mike Glennon, who completed 17 of 23 passes with two touchdowns, no interceptions and a 123.1 passer rating in Sunday's 27-24 overtime loss at Seattle.

It was only the fifth start of Glennon's career, but Schiano said his quarterback is doing more than managing games.

"That "game management" thing is kind of a left-handed compliment a lot of times for a quarterback," Schiano said. "He's doing a heck of a lot more than that. At the end of (the) game, we had receivers open and he was ready to deliver the ball. One time, we get run over and a guy goes right into his legs. That's not one of those things you can anticipate and slide up in the pocket. It's unfortunate because I think that drive he was going to do that. We get it out to almost midfield before the end of regulation and then we have a third down in the overtime that it's there and we can't get it off."

Schiano has a point. Glennon isn't near the top of the Bucs' list of problems right now. He's shown progress in each game.

I'm starting to wonder if the Bucs made a mistake by not opening the season with Glennon as the starter if they already had serious doubts about Josh Freeman. Tampa Bay's offense looked terrible with Freeman starting the first three games.

It has looked better with Glennon. I wonder how much further along Glennon would be if he had started the first three games? Either way, Glennon's performance was one of the few bright spots to come out of the Seattle game.

"I thought going into that environment and (being) veteran-like, was not at all intimidated," Schiano said. "I thought he did a very good job, a quarterback rating above 120. Those are things that are getting us excited and encouraged because three games without an interception -- that's what we have to do. That's how we have to play the game. I'm mad at myself for not getting us there sooner. But that was a good football team in their house. We've got to build on that."