Backup Orlovsky: Glennon is progressing

December, 20, 2013
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TAMPA, Fla. -- There has been some talk among fans and in the media (including here) that rookie quarterback Mike Glennon might have “regressed" in the past three weeks.

Well, the person with perhaps the best view of Glennon disagrees very strongly. Veteran backup Dan Orlovsky said he’s seeing only progress out of Glennon.

“I think he’s had a really strong year," Orlovsky said. “We can get caught up very often in results, because it is a result-oriented business. But it’s so hard to play this position. It’s infinitely harder as a rookie. Not only is he learning how to be an adult off the field, he’s learning how to be an adult on the field, learning how to be an adult in the weight room, and learning an offense, and then running it against a professional defense. He’s handled it fantastically. Every week he challenges himself. It’s all a process with him."

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AP Photo/Reinhold MatayBucs rookie Mike Glennon has passed for 2,231 yards, with 17 touchdowns and eight interceptions this season.
Glennon might not have been at the top of his game against Buffalo or in the second half of the Carolina game.

“I sat down and expressed to him that that’s part of playing this position," Orlovsky said. “The great ones have a game or two where you have a bad stretch, and you just have to work through it and learn from it. When you have the four- or five-week stretch where you light it up, that can’t affect you either. There are no highs and no lows. His teammates were able to see him rebound with how he played against San Francisco."

For the record, Carolina has the league’s No. 2 defense, and San Francisco is No. 3. The results might have been more impressive against some lesser defenses early on, but Orlovsky said the experience against the Panthers and 49ers will only make Glennon a better quarterback.

For the season, Glennon has completed 59.9 percent of his passes for 2,231 yards with 17 touchdowns and eight interceptions. It should be noted that Glennon didn’t take over as the starter for Josh Freeman until Week 4, and he has been without injured receiver Mike Williams and injured running back Doug Martin for much of the season.

“Put his rookie year up against a lot of the good ones over the last four, five or six years, and he stacks up with them," Orlovsky said. “Think about what the last 18 months have been like for him. He was in college and then he’s in the NFL and, all of a sudden, he’s starting. That’s a lot of change. But he’s handled it all fantastically. I think his future is very bright. He’s done well already, and he’s only going to keep getting better."

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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