QB Mike Glennon - Oakland Raiders
|6-7, 225||Born: 12-12-1989||College: North Carolina State||Drafted: Round 3, pick 2013|
2017 Week 1 vs ATL (26 / 40 / 213 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
It wasn't the prettiest of efforts, but Bears fans will take it. Glennon completed 26 of 40 passes for 213 yards and a touchdown and zero turnovers in Sunday's 23-17 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. The most important factor of Glennon's performance is the zero turnovers. Not turning over the ball is what will keep him on the field and Mitchell Trubisky on the bench. It was evident Sunday that Glennon has no one who can stretch the field. Kevin White was drafted to be that guy for the Bears, but he's now out for the season with a shoulder injury. His stable of talent is unlikely to get better this season, either. Glennon has very little value from a fantasy perspective.
2017 Week 2 vs TB (31 / 45 / 301 / 1 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Attention reader: If Mike Glennon is on your roster you're doing it wrong. Glennon tossed two interceptions and lost a fumble in Sunday's 29-7 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. One of the interceptions resulted in a pick-six and his other turnovers resulted in points for Tampa. Glennon regularly threw into bracket coverage/double coverage, struggled to adjust to the Tampa pass rush and didn't protect the football. Glennon doesn't have an immense amount of talent, obviously, and Bears management has done very little to surround him with talented players who might be able to make up for some of that lack of talent. What else is there to say?
2017 Week 4 vs GB (21 / 33 / 218 / 1 / 2 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Glennon was sacked and fumbled on the first offensive play for the Bears and it didn't get much better from there. He made a few throws on the second drive of the game to move the Bears into Packers territory, only to botch a snap and lose the ball to Green Bay again. A baffling interception accounted for Glennon's third turnover of the first half and the Bears were down 21 before a scoring pass by Glennon to Kendall Wright in the two-minute drill going into the half. Glennon showed a glimmer of hope to open the second half with throws to Wright and Josh Bellamy, but reverted to form on the next drive with another poor interception. He did muster a garbage time touchdown drive, but it was too late for the Bears and his chances of starting again without an injury to Mitchell Trubisky.
2016 Week 9 vs ATL (10 / 11 / 75 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Glennon entered the game for Tampa Bay's final offensive drive after Jameis Winston took a hard hit on a late 2 point conversion attempt. Glennon performed admirably, completing 10 of 11 passes for 75 yards on a long scoring drive. With Mike Evans also out of the game, Glennon completed multiple passes to Humphries, Brate, and Barber. His only incompletion was perfect throw that bounced off of Barber's hands on a crossing route. Glennon found Brate for the score on a short out route to cap off the drive. Glennon also completed the 2 point attempt to Brandon Myers.
2014 Week 3 vs ATL (17 / 24 / 121 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 19 / 0 rush)
From the first series Glennon played it looked as though he had a firmer grasp of the offense. His footwork stood out the most. He displayed mechanically sound technique at the quarterback position all day long. The first completion he made came on a timing route to Mike Evans in which the inside receiver rubbed Evans man on a slant. He hit Evans in stride, which is difficult to do coming in cold off the bench. From there Glennon looked more in control of the offense than McCown has all season. Though the completions weren't big gainers (5.9ypa), Glennon came in and was very efficient with only seven incompletions for the rest of the game. His lone touchdown pass came on one of the last drives for the Bucs. From the goal line, he took the snap a lobbed a high fade to Vincent Jackson. The ball was well thrown for Jackson who leaped to make the touchdown grab. When Glennon came into the game, the running backs were targeted more often than McCown had in previous games. Rainey and James combined for eight receptions. McCown seemed to force the ball into his first or second progression rather than check down on most plays. Glennon was the complete opposite, almost checking down too soon and not waiting for certain plays to develop. This may play a role in his higher completion percentage. Overall, Glennon is one of the most serviceable back ups in the league. He came in and performed better than McCown has in most games this year. He displayed great mechanics and put up a decent stat line.
2014 Week 4 vs PIT (21 / 42 / 302 / 2 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Glennon performed admirably in replacing injured starter Josh McCown on Sunday in Pittsburgh. Glennon by no means dominated the Steeler defense, but he made throws when it counted. Glennon displayed much of the same characteristics as last season. He boasted a low yards per attempt total (7.5ypa) due to a high number of incompletions and an abundance of short throws, though he did hit some long passes. Glennon showed good awareness and command of the offense. He did a good job stepping up in the pocket when the Steelers got edge pressure. He also did a good job going through his progressions. Last year, a main issue for Glennon came when he would either lock on to his first read or immediately check down at the snap. Today, it seemed as though he did a good job going through his reads. He threw a touchdown pass to Mike Evans in the first quarter. The Bucs' lined up in a single back set. At the snap Glennon took a quick three step drop and lofted the ball high to the back pylon. The ball was actually underthrown, but Mike Evans adjusted by falling to the ground and catching the ball as it found it's way through the back of a defender. His second touchdown pass of the game came on the game-winning drive. At the snap Glennon made it seem as though he was going to throw a quick slant to Jackson, but Jackson stuck his foot i the ground and reversed field back toward the sideline. Glennon again threw an inaccurate ball, but Jackson laid out for the ball and turned over protecting the ball from the ground. Glennon did make mistakes too, though. One of the traits Glennon has is throwing an uncatchable ball when no one is open. Rather than scramble, take a sack, or throw the ball into the stands, Glennon will throw the ball extremely high, wide, or low of his receiver. It's a de facto throw away, but it makes him look inaccurate. On Glennon's most costly mistake of the day, an interception by Cortez Allen, Glennon throw a deep ball to Mike Evans on a 9-route, but he came up lame on the play and never made it downfield to the ball. Allen looked as if he was playing center field and caught a can of corn 30 yards downfield. Overall, Glennon made some blunders, but he also converted on some very crucial throws, including the game-winning pass to Jackson with only a few ticks left.
2014 Week 5 vs NO (19 / 32 / 249 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Glennon played a solid game on Sunday keeping pace with Drew Brees and the Saints until the final seconds. Glennon completed 60% of his passes with an average of a little more than 8 yards per attempt. Glennon threw two touchdown passes on the day, one to Louis Murphy and one to Robert Herron. On the touchdown pass to Murphy, Glennon took the snap, dropped back and basically locked on to Murphy who was running a corner route to the end zone. Glennon put just enough loft on the ball to drop it in to Murphy over the defensive back. Glennon did a good job of standing in the pocket while it was collapsing on him. He stood tall and strong and threw the ball in a perfect spot for the receiver. On his touchdown pass to Robert Herron, Glennon has his offensive line to thank. From the 9-yard line, Glennon takes the snap from under center and drops back. He has all the time in the world to scan the field as his line holds the Saints rush at bay. Eventually, he spots Robert Herron streaking across the back of the end zone to his left and leads him away from the defender, connecting on his second touchdown pass of the day. Glennon also renewed his report with Vincent Jackson against the Saints on Sunday. Glennon connected with Jackson eight times for 144 yards. Glennon hit Jackson on a plethora of different routes and throws. Glennon completed hitches, slants, digs, and outs to Jackson, but the longest gain came on a busted play. At the snap, Glennon got pressure from his right which forced him to scramble and throw against his body. He lofted the ball to Jackson who had broken his dig route up field. The ball fell into Jackson's arms just as he got hit by a defensive back for a 35-yard gain. Glennon did make a few mistakes however. The biggest most likely being when he held onto the ball too long in the end zone and was sacked for a safety by a stunting defensive lineman to bring the Saints within 3 points late in the game.
2014 Week 6 vs BAL (24 / 44 / 314 / 2 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Judging by the box score, you'd imagine Glennon had a fairly decent performance against the Ravens on Sunday. However, that just wasn't the case. In the first quarter, Glennon and the Bucs went 3-and-out on every first quarter possession aside from their first which ended with an interception. Early in the first quarter lined up under-center, Glennon took the snap and took a 5-step drop. Glennon was pressured immediately from the middle of the line of scrimmage. Glennon made the mechanical mistake of trying to throw a 12 yard out while being pressured. He ended throwing a soft, floating pass from his back foot to the sideline where Ravens' cornerback Jimmy Smith easily stepped in front of the pass and returned it into the red zone setting up another Ravens score. This is the type of mistake that Glennon generally does a good job of avoiding. Most of the tape of Glennon from this season and last shows him taking sacks, throwing the ball away, or intentionally bouncing passes to receivers to avoid turnovers. That wasn't the case with this costly turnover. For the remainder of the first quarter he did avoid turning the ball over, cautiously getting rid of the ball or throwing too high or wide to receivers in an attempt to not make another costly mistake. Glennon did end the game with two touchdown passes, thrown when the game was already out of hand and the Ravens' had pulled back on the aggressive attacking defensive gameplan. The first touchdown pass to Mike Evans came on a beautiful play design. Out of a single back set, the Bucs' motioned Evans in tight to the line where he faked a crackback block on a play-action fake that sucked the linebackers up. After faking the block, Evans leaked up the hash. Glennon made an excellent throw. CJ Mosley was recovering from biting on the fake from the middle of the line of scrimmage, so Glennon threw the ball outside. Evans had to turn and adjust to the pass, but it was thrown perfectly just out of the reach of Mosley's attempt to bat it away. The second touchdown pass to Louis Murphy came on a goal line play. Glennon took a shotgun snap from the 3-yard line and rolled to his right. Murphy ran an out route toward the boundary and Glennon led him right to the sideline where he made the catch and got his feet down. Overall, Glennon didn't exactly cost his team the game, but he didn't do enough to win it. He was very inefficient in the first quarter, barely sustaining drives in the first quarter. The inability of Glennon to find his receivers on third down created a large deficit early in the game that he couldn't overcome later.
2014 Week 8 vs MIN (19 / 28 / 171 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 13 / 0 rush)
Mike Glennon turned in a mediocre performance against the Vikings on Sunday. He earned an 81.1 quarterback rating and averaged only 6.1 yards per pass attempt. The game flow didn't force Glennon to sling the ball all over the field. It was defensive battle that went into overtime at thirteen a piece. Most of Glennon's throws were short slants, quick outs, hitches, and check downs. His average depth of target was very close to the line of scrimmage all game. He did throw a touchdown pass to Austin Seferian-Jenkins. From the 7-yard line the Bucs lined up in the gun, Glennon took the snap and had great protection. He scanned his reads from a clean pocket. Sefarian-Jenkins initially stayed in to help pick up a blitz, but then ran a delayed crossing route from right to left across the formation. Glennon lofted a high-arching ball towards the left boundary just out of the reach of two converging defenders. Glennon's only other throw of note was a 40-yard completion to Mike Evans. At the snap, Glennon took a 5-step drop and simply lofted a high floater down the right sideline. Evans was running a streak route and ran right underneath the perfect pass which dropped in of the man-coverage defender for the Bucs' biggest gain of the day. The rest of Glennon's passes were quick hits that didn't gain many yards. The Bucs continue to call a very safe game for Glennon. There weren't many deep balls attempted. Glennon did turn the ball over on one of the few balls he did throw deep. Glennon faked play action and rolled right, he wasn't being pressure at all because the Vikings dropped most of their players into coverage. He launched an ill-advised pass into double coverage down the right sideline. The ball was intended for Mike Evans who was being guarded by two defenders. The ball was well underthrown and right into the waiting arms of a Vikings cornerback. Overall, Glennon fell victim to the game script. It was one of those games that looked as though both teams were happy to decide the game on the final play, therefore called a conservative game and didn't put many points on the board. Glennon wasn't asked to do much and only completed one pass over 15 yards.
2014 Week 9 vs CLE (17 / 33 / 260 / 2 / 2 pass, 3 / 17 / 0 rush)
Glennon turned in a decent performance on the stat sheet in a Week 9 contest against the Bucs, but the hidden story is that he may have cost his team the game. Glennon connected with Mike Evans for two touchdowns on the day. The first came on a poorly thrown ball. At the snap, Glennon took a three-step drop and lobbed the ball into the endzone. Instead of leading Evans to the back pylon on the jump ball, he threw it behind him and to the opposite shoulder. Evans had to adjust in a way that contorted his body almost bent over backwards to make the catch. The second touchdown pass could also be considered a poorly thrown ball. From the shotgun, Glennon took the snap and a three-step drop. He lofted another high-arching pass to Evans. This time Evans ran a seam route right down the middle of the field from his slot position. If Glennon had led him, he could have made the catch untouched in the end zone. However, Evans had to adjust again and come back to the ball. He collided with a defender, but made the catch. That pretty much ended the highlights for the day in regards to Glennon. He threw a slew of inaccurate balls all day. He missed receivers high, low, and wide. His footwork seemed suspect as well. It was evident that he wasn't driving the ball to his receivers by stepping forward. Many of his throws were underthrown floaters. Glennon added two costly turnovers in his opponents territory as well. The first interception came at about midfield. Glennon was rushed hard from the outside, he stepped up into the pocket and threw to a streaking receiver, but once again the ball was underthrown and tipped. The ball fell right into Donte Whitner's hands after being batted into air. His second interception was intended to be a crossing route over the middle. but he sailed it way over the receivers head and into the waiting arms of a Browns' safety that was even covering the intended receiver. Glennon's two touchdown, two interception stat line could have very well been four interceptions. All four balls were not on target, luckily for Glennon and the Bucs, Mike Evans made some great plays to adjust and score. Glennon is a quarterback that is usually just asked to manage the game and not turn the ball over, but he did that against the Browns.
2013 Week 4 vs ARI (24 / 43 / 193 / 1 / 2 pass, 2 / -1 / 0 rush)
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.
2013 Week 6 vs PHI (26 / 43 / 273 / 2 / 1 pass, 3 / 20 / 0 rush)
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.
2013 Week 7 vs ATL (26 / 44 / 256 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / 13 / 0 rush)
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.
2013 Week 8 vs CAR (30 / 51 / 275 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 2 / 0 rush)
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.
2013 Week 9 vs SEA (17 / 23 / 168 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 13 / 0 rush)
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
2013 Week 10 vs MIA (11 / 21 / 139 / 1 / 1 pass, 4 / -3 / 0 rush)
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.
2013 Week 11 vs ATL (20 / 23 / 231 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)
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.
2013 Week 12 vs DET (14 / 21 / 247 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / -17 / 0 rush)
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.
2013 Week 13 vs CAR (14 / 21 / 180 / 0 / 1 pass, 2 / 3 / 0 rush)
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.
2013 Week 14 vs BUF (9 / 25 / 90 / 2 / 2 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
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.
2013 Week 15 vs SF (18 / 34 / 179 / 2 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
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.
2013 Week 16 vs STL (16 / 26 / 158 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 3 / 0 rush)
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.
2013 Week 17 vs NO (22 / 41 / 219 / 2 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
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.