Mike Glennon has exceeded expectations for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers thus far, but is it enough to justify a starting position for 2014?
Despite playing better than most expected, Glennon has had some poor outings, most particularly in the two games against the Carolina Panthers where he was held to just one total touchdown. He did, however, play well against the Detroit Lions, guiding them to an upset victory while passing for 247 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions.
The question then remains: Can Glennon play consistent enough to be a franchise quarterback, particularly against tough defenses?
He will have his chance to answer on Sunday against an exceptional San Francisco 49ers team. The 49ers defense has helped steady the ship in spite of uneven play from Colin Kaepernick . Although they play in arguably the toughest division in football, San Fran has put themselves in position to grab a playoff spot.
Led by star linebackers Navarro Bowman and Patrick Willis, the 49ers are a potent defense, ranking third in points allowed (16.5) and allowing only 308 total yards, good for four-best in the league. Donte Whitner and Eric Reid are one of the best safety tandems in the league, rarely preventing big plays and combining for five total interceptions on the year. Their pass rush is also stout with 32 sacks this season.
Needless to say, Glennon will have his hands full on Sunday. How he fares could very well determine his future in Tampa. If he’s able to string together a good performance, than the Bucs just might have the star quarterback they’ve been looking for.