Wednesday, October 23, 2013
QB Watch: Buccaneers' Mike Glennon
By Pat Yasinskas
A weekly analysis of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' quarterback play.
Rewind: Mike Glennon completed 26 of 44 passes for 256 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in a 31-23 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. He was sacked three times and lost a fumble.
Fast-forward: It seems every week is something new for the rookie. The Atlanta game was his first on the road. On Thursday night, Glennon will make his first prime-time start when the Buccaneers host the Carolina Panthers at Raymond James Stadium.
Pick your antidote: In Glennon’s first three starts, opposing defenses loaded the box to try to stop running back Doug Martin. But Martin is dealing with a shoulder injury now, so the Bucs will also have a rookie at running back: Mike James, who is likely to pick up most of Martin’s workload. That could prompt Carolina to go to a different tactic than Glennon’s previous opponents and focus on stopping the passing game.
Prediction: It’s not hard to envision trouble on the horizon. Glennon is not noted for his mobility, and his offensive line hasn’t been playing very well. Throw in the fact that Carolina has two good defensive ends in Greg Hardy and Charles Johnson, and Glennon could be in for a long night.