QB Mike Glennon, Arizona Cardinals
HT: 6-7, WT: 225, Born: 12-12-1989, College: North Carolina State, Drafted: Round 3
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2013 Game Summaries
Week 4 - The Cardinals pulled out a textbook game plan for starting a rookie quarterback. They ran the ball a ton with Doug Martin, while giving Glennon easy half-field reads. Basically, they cut the field in half for Glennon, only asking him to go through one or two progressions to his left or right. Most of the routes they dialed up for Glennon were simple, short throws. Glennon actually played remarkably well in his debut. He threw his first career touchdown pass to Mike Williams late in the first quarter. Williams beat Cardinals' corner Jerraud Powers on a slant. Powers played man, but was in soft coverage. This provided for an easy throw and catch that was uncontested. Glennon showed he's ready for the big time on the play with a veteran move. At the snap, he quickly looked at a receiver running a crossing route underneath the formation which caused the safety to bite, leaving Williams wide open after he beat Powers inside. Glennon's mechanics proved to be on another level compared to Freeman's. His footwork on three, five, and seven step drops was impeccable. He stepped into virtually every throw. He showed a quick release with good accuracy for most of the game. Despite having limited reads and short progressions, he did a good job of getting through them at the right pace and then checking down. The Cardinals caught on to the Bucs' game plan, however. They began jumping routes and playing tight press man coverage because they knew most of the calls coming in for Glennon were short, quick passing plays. Glennon started to come unraveled in the fourth quarter. On his first of two interceptions, he threw the ball too late on an intermediate crossing route for Vincent Jackson. The issue on the first interception was timing. Jackson snapped off the square in route coming open for a moment, but Glennon waited a hair too long. This allowed Patrick Peterson to recover and cut in front of Jackson for the pick. Timing routes were Glennon's most difficult throws on Sunday, which is expected. As the season progresses, so should Glennon's ability to hit receivers with better timing. Peterson picked Glennon off a second time to seal the game with one minute to go. Glennon actually made the correct read. The Cardinals were in zone coverage. Vincent Jackson ran an out route from the slot and only had a linebacker running underneath him. Glennon attempted to throw over the top of the backer, but sailed the pass because of immense pressure from the Cardinals defensive line. Frostee Rucker got to Glennon and crushed him into the turf just as he released the floater. Peterson found himself in the right place at the right time for his second interception of the game. The Cardinals sacked Glennon twice, but even under pressure, Glennon made smart decisions. On the first sack, the Cardinals sent a few linebackers through the A gap. Glennon had no shot of making anything positive happen, so he ate it and took the loss without doing anything foolish. On the second sack, the Bucs were backed up deep in their own territory. Glennon wisely made sure he wasn't in the end zone before succumbing to the sack. We've seen many highlights of rookie quarterbacks stepping on the end line or taking unnecessary safeties. This awareness from Glennon is something not every rookie displays. Unfortunately, Glennon wasn't allowed to check into different plays at the line of scrimmage often on Sunday, and it made life difficult for the Bucs offense. The Cardinals walked a safety up to the line of scrimmage on numerous plays. Instead of checking to a pass, they tried to execute the designed run play with no luck. Overall, his debut had many positives. Specifically, his mechanics and decision making are above average for a rookie signal-caller.
Week 6 - On the first Buccaneers' series, things looked much of the same for Tampa. Glennon threw two passes into coverage on consecutive plays, then fumbled the hand off exchange with Doug Martin. Fortunately, Glennon really got it together after this poor first drive. He completed his next three throws all against man coverage, which Philly used predominantly throughout the day. It's clear from the tape that the Eagles' mission remained stopping Doug Martin and making Glennon beat them. It's most evident on Glennon's first touchdown pass of the day. The Bucs are lined up in the traditional I-formation from the Eagles' 24-yard line. At the snap, the Eagles blitz a linebacker and a defensive back. The blitz is picked up perfectly by the Bucs. Glennon play fakes to Martin to start the play, which sucks two linebackers towards the line of scrimmage. This leaves a window for Glennon to hit Vincent Jackson on a post route over the middle. He slings it over the linebackers and between two converging defensive backs for a perfect touchdown strike. Glennon also showed he can be mobile. From the shotgun, Glennon recognized the Philly was playing straight man coverage. The play design from the Bucs called for deep routes from each receiver. Glennon took off down field after noticing that all the defenders in front of him were turned and running with their man. He netted 16 yards on the run. Glennon showed poise in the pocket and an ability to make the correct reads and throws the entire game. His second touchdown of the game came on a 1-yard fade to Vincent Jackson. Basically, the Bucs recognized Jackson had one on one coverage and let him go up and get a jump ball over a smaller defender. The throw by Glennon was on point, too high for the defender, but the right trajectory for Jackson to snag it in time to tap his toes for the touchdown. Blitz pick-up contributed majorly to Glennon's success throughout the day. The offensive line, along with Doug Martin blocked very well when the Eagles sent pressure. When the blitz can't get to the quarterback, there is usually an open receiver. On the first play of the 4th quarter, the Bucs picked up the blitz perfectly and tight end Tim Wright beat a linebacker down the seam with his speed. Glennon lofted the ball over the linebacker to Wright for a 36 yard gain. The box score reads that the Eagles picked Glennon off, however the tale of the tape tells the story of Glennon's innocence. Glennon's pass was intended for Tiquan Underwood on a quick slant on 2nd and 5. Glennon made the right read and throw as the corner was playing soft and had no chance at defending the play. The problem came in when Eagles LB Brandon Graham spooked Underwood into cutting off his route. Graham was barreling down on him trying to cover a back that leaked out into the flat. Underwood caught Graham out of the corner of his eye and stopped dead in his tracks thinking he was about to be de-cleated. The ball sailed past the exact spot Underwood should have been, into the arms of Brandon Fletcher for the interception. Overall, Glennon performed remarkably for the talent he had around him. Vincent Jackson was the only established pass catcher at his disposal. Mike Williams sat out the game with an injury, so Glennon dealt the ball to players like Tiquan Underwood, Chris Owusu, and Tim Wright. Despite the lack of talent and experience, Glennon completed 60% of his passes by making solid reads all game. His footwork and mechanics helped him step up into pocket and make throws with a quick release.
Week 7 - Mike Glennon continues to impress by improving each week as the Buccaneers' starter. This week in Atlanta, he played even more poised and made good decisions on virtually every play. He did turn the ball over on a sack-fumble. The Falcons brought more blitzers than the Bucs had protecting Glennon. Glennon should have recognized that the Falcons left all their defensive backs on a man-to-man island and gave one of his receivers a chance to win a match-up, but instead he held the ball too long and it resulted in six for the opposition. Aside from that turnover, Glennon made some very accurate throws. On his first touchdown pass to Vincent Jackson, Glennon faked the hand off, stepped up into the pocket, and slung a beautiful spiral deep down field Jackson and Asante Samuel were matched up one-on-one as Jackson ran a straight go route down the seam. As Jackson turned around, Samuel bodied up close with good coverage, but Jackson stuck a hand out and pulled the ball in with one arm for the score. Glennon threw his second touchdown of the day to Jackson, as well. This time from the half-yard line. Jackson matched up with Samuel again on the outside as the rest of the Bucs lined up in a tight I-formation at the line of scrimmage. At the snap, Glennon took a quick step backwards and lofted a back shoulder fade to a leaping Jackson for the touchdown. Glennon is a very polished passer. He steps into his throws, displays the exact same arm mechanics for every throw, and does a good job of looking off defenders. It's obvious he has found a favorite target in Vincent Jackson. Glennon has targeted Jackson 47 times in the last three games, 22 coming on sunday. Half of Glennon's 44 pass attempts were intended for Jackon, who only came up with 10 of them. Jackson dropped a ball or two early in the game, but Glennon is also playing it safe. He's throwing the ball where only his receivers can make the play. On streaks down the sideline, his balls are to the outside shoulder. Out routes are thrown high and wide. Comebacks are being thrown to the sideline and a tad low. This seems to be on purpose on Glennon's part. He is making it very hard for the defender to have a shot intercepting the ball, which at certain times also makes it somewhat difficult for his receivers as well. Overall, he has improved each week. His mechanics are good and he seems to be exponentially more comfortable running the offense.
Week 8 - Glennon had a fair game from a pure statistical standpoint. He also kept his sheet clean by not throwing an interception or losing a fumble, but he didn't do much in the way of sustaining scoring drives throughout the game. Glennon remains a very conservative decision maker. He used his safety valves and check downs prematurely during the Thursday night contest with the Panthers. Glennon averaged only 4.5 yards per attempt, proving he relied heavily on the short to intermediate routes often. The Bucs also on converted 4 third downs all night. So, despite the 30 completions, 250 yards passing, and one touchdown, Glennon's play was very mediocre. Glennon did make a few nice throws however. In the first quarter, Glennon seemed to be wrapped up after Donald Penn was beat on the right side by a lineman. However, Glennon escaped and threw a laser on the run to Vincent Jackson who broke off his route and came back to help Glennon out for a 29 yard gain. He made another beautiful throw to Piquant Underwood up the seam. He took a five-step drop and stepped up in the pocket and threw a lob over a trailing defender for a 24 yard gain. On his lone touchdown pass of the game, the pocket collapsed on Glennon and he scrambled up the middle. Tim Wright ran a seam route straight up the middle of the field and sat in the back of the end zone The Panthers had called a zone so the defenders were watching Glennon scramble towards the goal line. When they reacted and moved forward, Glennon lofted a floater over the top of the linebackers and safeties and into the waiting arms of Wright. To be fair to Glennon, Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams contributed key drops on 3rd downs that stalled drives. In the first quarter, Jackson beat his man on an inside slant. Glennon lead him perfectly, but it bounced right off Jackson's chest. Later in the game, Mike Williams let an out route for a first down slip in and out of his hands. Glennon added his own miscues for the Bucs, though. Early in the third with the game still in reach, Glennon faked play action from under center and had a wide open Jackson down the right sideline but sailed the ball a few feet over Jackson's head. He also took an unnecessary sack. Glennon held the ball for far too long in the pocket after his line had given him a few seconds to throw. Instead of checking down to a wide open Leonard, which he'd done often throughout the game, he held onto the ball for an eventual sack. Overall, he played a conservative game. He took a bunch of check downs to Leonard, James, and Wright while very rarely trusting his arm to take a risk deep. He fell victim to some timely drops, but also made some terrible reads and throws himself. Carolina did a good job disguising coverages, which made it difficult for Glennon to identify exactly where he should have gone with the ball. Glennon definitely improved his ability to throw with pressure in his face. On a few occasions, specifically a dump off to James over the middle, Glennon showed the ability to stand and deliver despite the pocket collapsing around him. Glennon needs to trust his reads and take calculated risks down field more often.
Week 9 - Mike Glennon showed great poised, acting as if the "Hawk's Nest" was just another business trip to an opposing stadium. Glennon, who set a record for most attempts and completions in a rookie's first four starts, didn't have to throw the ball as often as usual. Glennon again made very smart decisions, throwing the ball away on a few occasions when he could have attempted to force the ball to a receiver. He also did a great job of eluding pressure all game. The Seahawks brought pressure from every direction, but Glennon stepped up and through the pocket, rolling and finding receivers down field. His first touchdown came on such a play. The Seahawks hurried Glennon despite only rushing three players, Glennon scrambled left, stopped to set his feet and lobbed a ball to Tim Wright in the back of the end zone. Glennon's second touchdown came on another broken play. From the shotgun, Glennon took the snap and pumped the ball as he stepped up in the pocket. With nothing available, he again scrambled left. With Seahawks defenders closing in on him, Glennon lobbed a ball to Tiquan Underwood how hauled the ball in at the pylon for the touchdown. Glennon proved to be very elusive as he turned broken plays into positive yardage by keeping his head down field and finding open receivers. Glennon remained conservative when pulling the trigger on low percentage passes. He completed 9 of his 17 completions to backs, with another 4 also coming to tight end Tim Wright. Glennon goes through his progressions, but ultimately seems to play it safe and make the high percentage check down. Despite his propensity to check the ball down, Glennon made a few nice throws down field in addition to the two touchdown passes. Glennon hit Wright on an out route that was a very risky throw. He fit the ball into a tight window as LB Wright trailed the play, with CB Browner lurking underneath the route. He threw a dart into the chest of Wright for a 14 yard game. Overall, Glennon played a mistake free game, which included eluding defenders and making some difficult throws, but he still lacks the play-making ability of an elite passer. Glennon's tape lacks the dazzling throws made by the best quarterbacks in the game, such as a deep streak that falls into the receivers hands with a defender draped all over him or a bullet on a post route that is squeezed between a converging safety and corner. He's playing well for a rookie, but he's also playing very safe
Week 10 - Glennon looked sharp early. Sitting in the pocket and throwing strikes on the Buccaneers' first drive. He hit Tiquan Underwood on a deep post corner route, Vincent Jackson on an underneath crossing route, and finally a tackle-eligible Donald Penn for a one-yard touchdown. Glennon's awareness continues to develop. He showed the ability to anticipate open receivers. He routinely released passes knowing where and when receivers would get to their spot. On an out route to Vincent Jackson, he sent the ball sizzling in Jackson's direction before he even came out of his break. As Jackson turned his head around, the ball had already made it to him. Throws like these are evidence of Glennon's development. In the first half on Monday night, Glennon again displayed great poise, confidence, and decision-making abilities. The second half had a different theme for Glennon, however. The Dolphins' defense came alive. The pass rush started getting to Glennon and the secondary played fabulously. Glennon started to get antsy in the pocket, which resulted in some poor throws. Glennon made a crucial mistake deep in his own territory trailing by one point. On 3rd down, the Dolphins brought pressure, specifically from Cameron Wake off the right edge. Wake charged hard, nearly reaching Glennon. The poise Glennon had showed previously was not present as he back pedaled and threw a pass into coverage off his back foot. The defensive back made an easy play on the poorly placed ball and returned it near the Bucs' goal line. Glennon didn't let the interception rattle him. On the next drive, he made a great throw to Tiquan Underwood that kept the drive going. After faking play action, Glennon read the bite by the linebackers and put the ball over the top of their heads. Tampa didn't need to lean on Glennon for the entire game as they have previously. Tampa jumped out to a 15 point lead which resulted in a lot more balanced offensive play calling. Overall, Glennon didn't have a productive night. He looked good early on, anticipating throws and getting the ball to his receivers on time. However, as the pressure started to get to Glennon, he began making poor decisions like the costly interception. The most telling part of the game was the decision to lean on the run on the game winning drive. Glennon completed a nice pass to Tiquan Underwood, but aside from the that the Bucs tried to run the ball at the end of the game for the win. Miami's run defense is their weakness, so this doesn't come as a surprise, but it does show that the Bucs may not trust Glennon just yet.
Week 11 - Glennon couldn't have played much better against the Falcons than he did on Sunday. Glennon made smart throws all day, only throwing 3 incompletions. He looked poised in the pocket, going through his progressions and finding the open receiver much more often than not. He continued to show a quick release, getting the ball out very fast once his target was identified. His first touchdown pass came to running back Bobby Rainey from the 3 yard line. The Bucs cleared out the flat with a few crossing routes over the middle and Rainey darted out of the backfield into the flat. Glennon looked off the defenders then chucked it to Rainey who tip-toed inside the pylon. His second touchdown came on a patented throw to Vincent Jackson. Schiano called timeout to sub in Jackson at the goal line. They lined him up outside and got single man coverage. Glennon took a three-step drop and lobbed the ball high into the corner of the end zone. Jackson elevated, caught the pass, and held on as the defender fought to strip it loose. Glennon showed great pocket awareness throughout the day as well. On a long bomb to Vincent Jackson, Glennon play faked to Rainey and stepped up into a clean pocket as both tackles forced the rush ends deep to the outside. Glennon then delivered a high-arching throw to Jackson who waited like a center fielder near the 5 yard line to pull the ball in amidst a few defenders. Glennon has shown a propensity to keep feeding Jackson if he has initial success throwing him the ball early in the game. He has also found a viable check down back in Brian Leonard. Any time he felt he was in trouble, he found Leonard as a safety valve. The Falcons played a mix of zone and man defense to confuse the rookie on Sunday, but Glennon never backed down. In fact, he already has great command of the offense. He has the ability to read coverages and check into different plays. He does still rely heavily on Jackson, but at least for this game Jackson warranted all the targets. In previous games Glennon forced passes to Jackson and ended up only completing half of his intended targets to him. Against the Falcons, he threw Jackson's way because he seemed to always be open, evidenced by the fact he hauled in all but one of his 11 targets.
Week 12 - Glennon turned in another efficient performance on Sunday against the Lions. In his first few appearances, Glennon threw the ball a ton. In his last few contests, he hasn't been slinging it as often. The Bucs were content with a balanced attack as long as they were within striking distance of the Lions. However, when they did turn Glennon loose, Detroit usually wasn't ready for it. Glennon had a handful deep throws that he converted. The most notable being an 85-yard touchdown bomb to Tiquan Underwood. Early in the 4th quarter with the Bucs trailing by three, Glennon play faked to Bobby Rainey out of the strong-I. As Glennon he set his feet, the Lions safety bit on an underneath out route. Glennon unloaded a deep bomb that fell right into the outstretched arms of Underwood as he ran a deep post. Underwood caught a second touchdown pass earlier in the second quarter. From the 7-yard line, the Bucs again ran a play-action fake to Rainey. Glennon noticed the Lions playing man coverage and fired a strike to Underwood as he ran a square in. Underwood fought through a hold to catch the ball right on the numbers at the goal line. Play-action was the Glennon's best friend throughout the entire game. On one of Vincent Jackson's only catches for the day, the play-action fake tricked the defense into take a few choppy steps forward, but Glennon fooled them again. Vincent Jackson had a step on his man down the sideline, but the ball was under thrown. Jackson managed to adjust, come back to the ball, and leap over the defender for a 43 yard grab. Glennon averaged a healthy 11.5 yards per attempt, displaying accuracy and efficiency in the passing game. Glennon is growing as pocket passer, improving his ability to read defenses and filter through progressions. In his first few starts, it would have taken him double the amount of pass attempts to accumulate the statistics he recorded today.
Week 13 - Mike Glennon looked out of sync and frustrated running the Bucs' offense for the first time since the Monday Night showdown with the Dolphins. Early on, Glennon looked poised for another nice game statistically, but his mechanics began to falter. The Carolina defensive pressure had Glennon throwing the ball off his back foot, as well as not stepping up into the pocket to make throws. The trend of grinding it out with the running game continued against Carolina. In his first few starts, Glennon threw the ball all over the field, attempting 40 to 50 passes a game. But in his last few contests, Greg Schiano has given the Tampa running backs more carries in an effort to create a balanced attack. Glennon didn't look as sharp Sunday, not finding the end zone with a touchdown pass for the first time this season. The Tampa receivers were not doing a good job gaining separation from their defenders. Glennon was forced to throw the ball away or check the ball down quite often. The Carolina defensive front also provided constant pressure that had Glennon uneasy at times. He danced around in the pocket as the pass rushers closed in. The rush rattled Glennon all game. Glennon recorded two turnovers, both of which came on fluky grip issues with the football. The first was very costly. At the Carolina goal line, Glennon scrambled to get away from the rush that seemed to be knocking on the door every play. As he ran to his left, he attempted to throw the ball away but it slipped out of his hands backwards. Carolina recovered the fumble. The second turnover was also aided by the rush. Glennon dodged a few lineman in the pocket, then attempted to throw a deep ball to Jackson down the right sideline. The ball slipped from his grasp and floated like a pop fly into the arms of a waiting defensive back. Glennon did show some flashes, specifically on a 60-yard completion to Vincent Jackson. The play was a straight 5-step drop, go route. Glennon took the snap, dropped back and simply lofted the ball high and far. Vincent Jackson beat press coverage to get down the field and make the catch. The Buccaneers, specifically Glennon, had trouble converting in the redzone, either turning the ball over or settling for field goals. The tighter windows down near the goal line made it more difficult for Glennon to deliver his passes. He is much more effective between the 20s when his receivers have space to work. Aside from the long completion to Jackson, (60 yards of his total 180 yards) Glennon mostly hit check down routes or easier out patterns for the duration of the game. The Panthers defense created havoc in the backfield and locked down the receivers on the outside, making it very difficult for Glennon to have success.
Week 14 - Mike Glennon struggled to complete passes against the Bills on Sunday. He recorded a dreadful 3.6 yards per attempt average, only completing 36% of his passes. There were a few factors that contributed to Glennon's poor efficiency on the day. The Bills brought a lot of pressure that rattled Glennon in certain situations. He often threw passes too early in order to avoid being hit by blitzing Bills defenders. The Bucs' offensive line had a hard time containing the pressure and Glennon was well aware of it. He routinely looked for short options early or threw deep fades before they had a chance to develop. The heat definitely got to the rookie and forced some bad passes. Glennon also looked to not be on the same page as his receivers during certain plays. The chemistry Glennon has developed with his receiving corps seemed to be lost in this game. On Glennon's first of two interceptions during the game, Vincent Jackson ran a hitch, but Glennon through the ball as if the route was supposed to be a square in. The only player standing near the target point of the ball was a Bills defender. The route was most likely an option route that Jackson saw differently than Glennon. They usually hook up on this type of throw. A few plays later, Glennon under threw a fade to Vincent Jackson in the redone Pressure got to him again as he loft a high floater in Jackson's general direction. The throw wasn't high or deep enough as Stephon Gilmore leaped to make the interception with Jackson on his back. Glennon needed to throw the ball to Jackson's outside shoulder so that Gilmore didn't have a chance at the pick, but he didn't execute. Jackson did have two touchdown passes on the day, however. The first to Vincent Jackson came on a busted play. Glennon successfully eluded the rush as he stepped up into the pocket and rolled right away from the pressure. Seeing Jackson one-on-one down field with a smaller corner, he wound up and fired a 50/50 ball to the end zone. Luckily for Glennon, Jackson won the battle this time and came down with the touchdown. The throw could have been easily intercepted if the defensive back attempted to look for the ball. His second touchdown pass to Tim Wright came on a much better throw. From the five yard line, Glennon stood tall in the pocket, looking off the linebackers as he focused on Tiquan Underwood for a split second. He then came back over the middle to Tim Wright running a slant pattern. The throw was a little bit more difficult than it looked because the defensive back had decent coverage. So, Glennon had to lead him a little bit more than normal to keep the ball from being deflected. A great look-off of the safety and throw by Glennon. Overall, Glennon did enough to get the job done, but most of his throws were not timed correctly. The Bills played mostly man defense, which allowed them to rush players and confuse Glennon. He was able to take advantage of one-on-one match ups when the pressure didn't get to him, but he also rushed poor throws when he felt the heat.
Week 15 - The Buccaneers' game plan for Sunday consisted of mostly three and five step drops for Mike Glennon. They wanted to establish a rhythm with Glennon and his pass catchers by getting the ball out early, avoiding pressure, and completing easy passes to keep Glennon calm. The 49ers played strictly man defense the entire afternoon. They matched up one on one with Glennon's targets, played physical at the line of scrimmage, and tried to beat the Niners with pressure. Glennon began the game out of rhythm. He was hurried on a few occasions, which led to poor throws or throwing the ball away completely. He missed on some throws, but most of the incompletions came on solid defensive effort from the 49ers. The linebackers covered the tight ends and backs well, while the corners and safeties locked down the wide outs. Glennon finally got Tampa on the board to end the first half. With 35 seconds left and 11 yards away from a score, Glennon took a quick 3-step drop from the shotgun. Jackson ran a post route to the back of the end zone. Glennon laid the ball just out of the out stretched arms of the 49ers' safety. Glennon started completing more passes in the second half, including his second touchdown of the day to Tim Wright. Wright ran a crossing route over the middle from the left slot. The linebacker assigned to him couldn't keep up with Wright's speed. Glennon laid the ball over the top of the defense into Wright's hands in the back corner of the end zone. Glennon's lone turnover came on a pass intended for Chris Owusu. Owusu and Glennon didn't communicate correctly. Glennon threw the ball as if Owusu was running a hitch, but he ran more of an out route and didn't break the route off hard enough. The ball sailed passed him, was tipped in the air by a 49er defender and intercepted by Eric Reid. The interception didn't appear to be Glennon's fault as he threw the ball to the spot a 49er defender couldn't make a play on it. The story of Glennon's day came down to the 49ers defense just being superior to his weapons. They played physical at the line and didn't allow his receivers a clean break. They got their hands in and broke up passes. They did an excellent job rushing Glennon, forcing him to make poor throws. Glennon never established a rhythm with his receivers. It didn't help that the run game couldn't muster up any yards, so the 49ers didn't have to commit an extra defender to the box. They were also beating the offensive line to the quarterback without bringing much extra pressure. Those two characteristics doomed the passing game from the first snap.
Week 16 - The Buccaneers turned in another safe, uneventful offensive performance against the Rams on Sunday. Glennon only took a few shots down field, which were sprinkled in amongst a bunch of short passes and runs. The Bucs really didn't have a choice. The Rams pass rush didn't allow Glennon the time to go through deep progressions. Robert Quinn terrorized Glennon all day, causing him to hurry throws and check down earlier than necessary. The Rams defense got to Glennon seven times on Sunday, with Robert Quinn accounting for three of the sacks. Glennon racked up a measly 6 yards per pass attempt. Glennon stuck with his usual strategy of not forcing the ball. Any time he didn't have an open read, he'd sail it into the stands or skip pass the ball to the nearest back. He didn't record a touchdown or interception on the day. He did make a few nice passes on the afternoon. On the Bucs' first scoring drive, he found a hole in the zone and rocketed the ball in to Vincent Jackson, who sat down between the corner and safety. When he wasn't being pressure by the Rams defensive line, he found Vincent Jackson a few times as he beat single coverage. Glennon completed a beautiful pass to the 3 yard line to Jackson that set up the lone Buc touchdown of the day. On the drop back he faked an out route to Jackson, who came back across the middle for a 30 yard gain on a post route. The fake completely fooled the defense, allowing Jackson to come free. He also completed a 22 yard pass to Jackson on the same play, but Jackson and Glennon communicated correctly and connected in the hole in the zone, instead of continuing the route down field. Overall, Glennon showed resolve in the pocket. Despite getting hammered by the Rams defensive line seemingly every time he dropped back, Glennon stood tall and delivered a few nice passes to his receivers. The Buccaneers' game plan involved quick routes to avoid the rush and lots of runs to keep the defense honest, but they couldn't produce much yardage throughout the game.
Week 17 - Glennon turned what seemed to be his status quo performance on Sunday against the Saints. The Buccaneers gave Glennnon mostly easy half field reads to assist in his development. He looked calm in the pocket going through his progressions, but he still opted to take the easiest throw on most plays. His yards per attempt were very low again. This is because he makes it a point to protect the football. Despite throwing one interception, he often threw the ball away or one hopped a pass to the closest receiver to avoid taking a sack or making a mistake. Glennon got on the board in the first quarter with some trickery. From the 50 yard line, the Bucs lined up in a single back set and gave the ball to Bobby Rainey. As he approached the line of scrimmage he tossed it back to Glennon for the flea flicker. Tiquan Underwood broke free down the seam as all the Saints bit on the handoff. Glennon hit Underwood in stride for the touchdown. Glennon's second touchdown of the day actually displayed his growth as a quarterback over the past few months. Tampa ran play action at the goal line. Glennon rolled right, but no one came open. He then led Tim Wright to the pylon by lofting the ball over the covering linebacker. The throw was placed perfectly. Wright was the only player that had a shot at the catch. Glennon did have one blunder on the day. He and Vincent Jackson were not on the same page as Glennon threw the ball as if Jackson was running a slant, but Jackson ran a hitch. The ball sailed right into the waiting arms of Keenan Lewis. Overall, Glennon didn't do enough for the Buccaneers to win the game. The Bucs still seem afraid to unleash Glennon. The vast majority of his throws are short to intermediate and safe throws. Even when trailing by 20+ points, they don't let Glennon take enough shots down field. This has hampered the Bucs offense all year.