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Bucs Schiano sees Glennon as the long-term answer at QB



Assuming Greg Schiano remains as the head coach, the Bucs long-term answer at quarterback will be Mike Glennon.

"I think this is a guy that certainly, as long as he continues on this trajectory, is a guy you'd love to have as a quarterback for a long time,'' Schiano said.

In giving his strongest endorsement yet to Glennon Monday, Schiano highlighted two aspects of his play that is well beyond his years: his ability to protect the football and complete passes downfield.

In the past six games, Glennon has 10 touchdown passes and only one interception while completing 64 percent of his passes. He leads all rookies with 13 touchdown passes, two more than Josh Freeman's club rookie record in 2009.

Glennon's lone interception during the six-game stretch came in a 22-19 win over the Miami Dolphins on Monday Night Football Nov. 11. His only other turnover during that period is when he was sacked by Atlanta safety William Moore and the fumble was returned for a touchdown by Thomas DeCoud in the a 31-23 loss to the Falcons Oct 20.

If the season ended today, the Bucs would own the 5th overall draft pick behind Jacksonville, Houston, Atlanta and Minnesota in a class that could have as many as a half dozen quarterbacks taken in the first round.

Glennon, a third-round pick from North Carolina State, took over from quarterback Josh Freeman after an 0-3 start. Freeman was eventually released and signed with the Minnesota Vikings, where he is their No. 3 quarterback.

Meanwhile, Glennon set an NFL rookie record by averaging 45.25 passes in his first four games. But since Schiano brought some balance back to the offense by re-emphasizing the running game, Glennon has flourished.

On Sunday, Glennon completed 14-of-21 passes for 247 yards and two touchdowns to Tiquan Underwood, including an 85-yarder.

"I know this about Mike: He is a rookie quarterback for sure and there are still some rookie things he says and does that makes you realize, oh, yeah, this guy is a rookie,'' Schiano said. "But I think he has accelerated his progress since the day he got here by how hard he's prepared and worked. And if there's such a thing, I think he's taken a rookie season and condensed it into eight or so games if that makes sense  because he's playing at a higher level that you would expect as a rookie.''

The Bucs have won three games in a row after an 0-8 start. Glennon has thrown at least one touchdown pass in eight straight games, the longest streak by a rookie since the Seahawks' Russell Wilson did it in nine straight in 2012.

"And the things that are hard for rookies is to let a bad play die,'' Schiano said. "Don't get greedy. That's what Mike does the best job of. In six games, he's thrown on interception. He's now thrown the ball down the field with more confidence, because he's always been able to do it. Just pulling the trigger. That is the development and maturation of a quarterback and I think we're all seeing it right in front of our eyes.''


[Last modified: Monday, November 25, 2013 5:36pm]


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