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Schiano say Bucs hurting Glennon with too many passes



Bucs coach Greg Schiano likes the way rookie Mike Glennon has thrown the football. However, he thinks the team has asked him to throw it too much.

Schiano and his coaches met over the weekend to discover how to shake the Bucs from their 0-7 start. What was glaring, Schiano said, was that they had asked Glennon to attempt 45.5 passes per game in the five contests he started. Glennon has completed 58.6 percent of his passes for 997 yards with six touchdowns and three interceptions.

Glennon attempted 51 passes in the Bucs' 31-13 loss to the Carolina Panthers Thursday, a high number even when considering they trailed for most of the game. He made 42 pass attempts in a 13-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

“I think we’ve put Mike in a bad spot,'' Schiano said. "We’re throwing the ball, he’s thrown too many passes. And even the last game, you can say we had to throw at the end of the game. Yeah, we did. But within the first three quarters, we should’ve run the ball more and I’m disappointed in myself for not making sure that happened. I can see how it happens. I’m not being judgmental on anybody because you get behind the sticks or you have an opportunity. But we shouldn’t put him in that spot as coaches. So we re-evaluated that and we’re going to try to play a little more balanced.

“I think what happens is you’re so, we are very comfortable with the way Mike reads things out. So it’s you excited and it’s like having a new toy. But it’s not the best thing for us to win football games.''

[Last modified: Monday, October 28, 2013 5:44pm]


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