Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Coordinator impressed with Mike Glennon
By Pat Yasinskas
TAMPA, Fla. -- When asked about Mike Glennon, new Buccaneers offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford started with the usual clarifiers that he still is evaluating what the quarterback did as a rookie last season.
Then, Tedford quickly changed directions and in a statement that lasted longer than most of former coach Greg Schiano’s news conferences began singing Glennon’s praises. Tedford stopped well short of promising that Glennon will be the opening-day starter next season. But it sure sounded like Tedford likes what he’s seen of Glennon.
“My first impression is he does a lot of good things,’’ Tedford said Wednesday. “He’s a rookie, he took over in the fourth game. I think his growth and development, I saw some progression through the year with him. I think he’s got a lot of poise in the pocket. I don’t think he gets frustrated in the pocket.
“He’s pretty smart with the football. When things aren’t there, he’s throwing it away and making good decisions. Good decisions come in many forms, whether you’re trying to complete a pass, throw the football away, manage the clock, whatever it may be. I see a lot of real positive things with Mike and I’m really looking forward to getting to know him better, to be able to sit down and actually talk about things.’’
Glennon completed 59.4 percent of his passes for 2,608 yards with 19 touchdowns and nine interceptions after taking over for Josh Freeman. Tedford said he met Glennon briefly and came away impressed with the quarterback’s demeanor, but he also sees some room for improvement.
“I think physically he brings some real positives,’’ Tedford said. “But I also think there are some things he can improve on. I think he realizes that. I think there’s some quarterback fundamentals that we can help him with. Physically, himself, I think he understands what his limitations are that we can improve on in the weight room with strength and conditioning and fast twitch and doing some things there that may help him a little bit. I think when he’s out of the pocket he does a good job of keeping his eyes downfield. He can throw well on the run. He can change the launch point, which I think is critical, so that you’re not a sitting duck in one spot all the time. I think he does a lot of things.’’