NFL Nation: Mike Glenon

Rapid Reaction: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

December, 29, 2013

NEW ORLEANS -- A few thoughts on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers42-17 loss to the New Orleans Saints.

What it means: A long and painful season is over. The Bucs had to endure the Josh Freeman saga, an outbreak of MRSA and an 0-8 start. They never really recovered from any of that. The offense got worse, not better, as the season went on, and rookie quarterback Mike Glennon took plenty of lumps. The defense had a few bright spots but not enough. Now, the Bucs appear headed for more drama in the postseason. There have been speculative reports that coach Greg Schiano could be jumping ship for Penn State. Even if that doesn’t happen, there’s no guarantee the Bucs will keep Schiano after a 4-12 season.

Stock watch: After failing to get positive results in recent weeks, Glennon bounced back a bit. He had some success throwing the deep ball against a good New Orleans defense.

Trickery backfired: A lot of fans have talked about how the Bucs were too conservative all season. Well, they took a chance and attempted a fake field goal at the end of the first half. The play had Michael Koenen attempting to throw a pass, and it totally failed.

What’s next: We’ll find out soon enough if there are any changes to the coaching staff or the front office. Either way, this team has a lot of work to do in the offseason if it’s going to turn things around and make the playoffs next season. But the one bright spot is that the Bucs will hold a top-10 pick in the 2014 draft. They also will have about $17 million in salary-cap room to work with.

Rapid Reaction: Philadelphia Eagles

November, 10, 2013

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Observations on the Philadelphia Eagles' 27-13 victory against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.

What it means: The Eagles are 5-5, are in contention in a weak NFC East and seem to have a legitimate quarterback in Nick Foles. A week after throwing seven touchdowns in Oakland, Foles threw for three at Lambeau Field. For the season, he has thrown 16 touchdowns and no interceptions. That was the NFL record for 53 years until Peyton Manning broke it this season. The victory also means the Eagles have some luck on their side. The Packers, already without Aaron Rodgers, lost second-team quarterback Seneca Wallace in the first quarter. Scott Tolzien made his NFL debut. The Eagles have wins against Mike Glennon, Terrelle Pryor and Tolzien this year.

Body count: Both teams were afflicted by injuries. The Eagles lost three starters: Left tackle Jason Peters went out twice, once to be evaluated for a concussion and once with a knee injury. Linebacker Mychal Kendricks and safety Earl Wolff left with knee injuries. Allen Barbre replaced Peters and did a solid job protecting Foles’ blind side. Veteran Patrick Chung replaced Wolff. Najee Goode took Kendricks’ inside linebacker spot and was used a couple of times to blitz Tolzien.

Stock Watch: Riley Cooper -- Rising fast. After catching three of Foles’ record-tying seven touchdown throws last week, Cooper caught two more against the Packers. The first was a fluky 45-yard play. Foles underthrew the ball. Cooper saw it and circled back under it as two Packers defenders overran the play. At the end of the third quarter, Cooper shook safety Morgan Burnett and was wide-open on a corner route for a 32-yard score.

What’s next: The Eagles’ 10-game home losing streak is on the line as NFC East rival Washington comes to Lincoln Financial Field. Although they’re 0-4 there under Chip Kelly, a win would keep them in contention in the division race as they go into their bye week. The Eagles, who are 5-1 on the road, opened the season with a 33-27 win at Washington.

Buccaneers should trade Josh Freeman

September, 25, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. -- Wednesday morning’s news that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are going to start rookie quarterback Mike Glennon on Sunday against Arizona effectively means Josh Freeman’s tenure is over.

You don’t make a move like that on a temporary basis. You make a move like that only when you’ve firmly decided that a guy who once looked like the franchise quarterback isn’t the answer. Glennon is coach Greg Schiano’s guy and Freeman is not.

The only way Freeman gets his job back is if Glennon gets hurt. Even then, the Bucs might turn to Dan Orlovsky over Freeman, who has been dismal in the first three games. This situation has been simmering for some time and it has become increasingly obvious that Schiano and Freeman aren’t on the same page.

You can choose which side to blame for this disastrous result. I put it more on the coach for trying to fit a square peg into a round hole, instead of letting Freeman play his game. But I think Freeman also deserves some of the blame because his play was so bad.

Freeman’s contract is up at the end of this season and there’s no way he’ll get a new deal in Tampa. The best thing the Bucs can do right now is try to trade Freeman for a draft pick. The Bucs would be doing themselves and Freeman a favor.

It’s the only way to get anything to show for what should have been a franchise quarterback.