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Schiano: Glennon hasn't taken step back

12/9/2013

TAMPA, Fla. -- The statistics from the last two games might suggest otherwise, but Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano said Monday that rookie quarterback Mike Glennon hasn’t taken a step back in recent weeks.

“No, I don’t think so,’’ Schiano said. “I think you have to look at his body of work, especially as a rookie quarterback. He’s faced two of the better passes defenses for sure --one top defense, period."

Schiano has a point. Carolina, which beat the Bucs last week, has been ranked near the top of the league in scoring defense most of the season. Buffalo is known for its aggressive front seven.

Glennon was nine for 25 for 90 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in Sunday’s win against Buffalo

“We missed some things for sure,’’ Schiano said. “There were some plays that we left on the table that we can’t afford to do. But they’re multiple. What we ask our quarterback to do, that’s probably the toughest type of opponent to play. Multiple not only in defensive personnel groups, multiple in pressure looks, multiple in zone drops when they don’t pressure or play man.’’

Schiano said Monday he told his quarterback not to come back to the facility until Tuesday afternoon.

“I think Mike, his body of work, is pretty impressive,’’ Schiano said. “I think right now we’ve got a team (San Francisco) coming into town that plays great defense. The big thing I want Mike to do is just take a little [rest] right now. He’s been grinding really, really hard. Even in the bye week, this guy didn’t take off. I just want him to take a breath.’’