Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Don't Kid Yourself, Mike Glennon is Still the Franchise Quarterback

By Ryan Heckman
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After taking over for Josh Freeman early in the year, Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie quarterback Mike Glennon has had some bad games. There have been times where Glennon has looked downright awful, specifically in his three games with passer ratings of 73.5, 69.3 and 55.7.

In his most recent contest against the Carolina Panthers, Glennon looked mediocre at best as he went 14-for-21 for 180 yards, zero touchdowns and an interception as the Bucs lost 27-6. In the wake of the loss, some have criticized Glennon as not being “the” guy for Tampa, thinking that they may still need to go quarterback in the 2014 draft.

I have a hard time believing their side of the story, though. Glennon, while struggling at times, has also been without Pro Bowl running back Doug Martin for most of the year as well as number two wideout Mike Williams for a couple of games now. Glennon is also a rookie that was thrown into a pressured situation where head coach Greg Schiano basically went all in on the first-year quarterback hoping he’d succeed.

Let’s not forget that Glennon has also posted a few incredible stat lines this year. Just a week ago in a win against the Detroit Lions, Glennon went 14-for-21 just as he did this past week, but in this case he threw for 247 yards, two touchdowns and zero picks.

The week just prior to a victory over Detroit, Glennon busted out for an 87 percent completion rate against the Atlanta Falcons where he threw for 231 yards, two touchdowns and again no interceptions in a 41-28 win.

Glennon also played one of his best games of the season against the dominating Seattle Seahawks pass defense, throwing for two touchdowns and completing 74 percent of his passes.

So, with all of the criticism of Glennon at times, most recently this week, remember that he’s a young quarterback that is still developing under a less-than-genius head coach. As he finishes out his first year as a pro, Glennon will enter an offseason in which I am sure he improves much upon his 2013 campaign.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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