Coming into the Week 15 clash between the San Francisco 49ers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the team that ended up winning the game was going to have to do a good job of rushing the opposing quarterback and also hitting him as part of their game plan. In the end, it was the San Francisco 49ers’ defense that did a better job of getting to and hitting quarterback Mike Glennon.
The 49ers’ defense, from the very first Buccaneers drive, made sure to get in the face of Glennon and force him to have to contend with throwing out of a congested and collapsing pocket when he dropped back to pass. For the majority of the first half, Glennon was unable to get into any throwing rhythm and was only able to do so on two drives. Both were touchdown scoring drives for the Buccaneers when it appeared that the 49ers’ defense had a letdown and allowed Glennon and the Buccaneers offense to get going.
In the end, Glennon put up some pedestrian numbers as he went 18 of 34 for 179 yards passing with two touchdown passes and one interception. On the other end, the 49ers’ defense ended up sacking Glennon four times, once by Patrick Willis and Justin Smith each, and twice by Aldon Smith. In addition, Glennon was hit on two other occasions and ended the game with a quarterback rating of 75.5 and a total quarterback rating of 35.8, as calculated by ESPN.
If we are to compare his quarterback ratings to those of Colin Kaepernick, who had a rating of 108.8 and 93.4 respectively, it becomes much clearer that the pressure the 49ers’ defense put on Glennon was effective.
Mike Glennon was going to have to have a career type of game in order for the Buccaneers to pull off an upset win of the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday afternoon. Yet, the 49ers’ defense did a very good job of pressuring Glennon from the beginning and while there were a couple of instances where the 49ers relaxed and allowed Glennon to get comfortable in the pocket, for the majority of the game they bothered and harassed the rookie quarterback, who ended up having a below par game in a losing effort.