Schiano sees Glennon as more than 'manager' QB
TAMPA -- Bucs rookie quarterback Mike Glennon has gone three full games without throwing any interceptions, but coach Greg Schiano says it's important not to trivialize him by characterizing the passer as a "caretaker" quarterback.
"I think he's more than managing. That game manager thing is kind of a left-handed compliment a lot of times for a quarterback," Schiano said Monday, looking back on his team's 27-24 overtime loss at Seattle. "He's doing a heck of a lot more than that."
With two early touchdown passes Sunday at Seattle, Glennon now has eight this season, matching the Jets' Geno Smith for the most by any rookie quarterback; Smith has thrown 68 more passes this season and has 13 interceptions to Glennon's three. Glennon's completion percentage of 60.3 percent only ranks 22nd among qualifying QBs, but it's better than Smith (58.1) or Buffalo's EJ Manuel (56.7).
Schiano was especially pleased at how unfazed Glennon was in a hostile, loud environment at CenturyLink Field, touted as the league's loudest non-dome venue.
"I thought going into that environment, was veteran-like. Not at all intimidated," Schiano said. "I thought he did a very good job. A quarterback rating above 120. Those are things that are getting us excited and encouraged. Three games without an interception, that's what we have to do, that's how we have to play the game. I'm mad at myself for not getting us there sooner."
Facing a former college teammate at N.C. State in Seattle's Russell Wilson, Glennon threw early scoring passes to Tim Wright and Tiquan Underwood, but he struggled to find the same success in the second half, throwing for just 44 yards after halftime after getting 124 in the first half on 10-of-11 passing.
Schiano pointed to breakdowns in pass protection as part of that, but Glennon said he still can only evaluate his performance based on whether he's able to lead his team to victory.
"We have no other choice to find the positives and build on those, but ultimately it's about wins and losses and we didn’t win, so there was some good things that we did going forward but ultimately it comes down to wins and losses.”
Glennon needs only three more passing touchdowns in the remaining eight games to break Josh Freeman's rookie record of 10, set in 2009. Freeman's rookie record for passing yards (1,855) is also well within reach, as Glennon already has 1,155 in five starts.
After Sunday's games, Glennon has the Bucs as the only team in the NFL that hasn't thrown an interception in their last three games -- Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers could join the list with no interceptions Monday night against the Bears.
Wright, the rookie tight end who led the team with 58 receiving yards on four catches, has seen his own emergence coincide with Glennon's arrival as the starting quarterback. He's seen a maturity and poise behind center he said you don't always see from a rookie.
"I think he's doing a great job," Wright said. "When I first met him at rookie minicamp, I looked at him the same way I'm looking at him now. Very poised quarterback, plays well above his classification as being a rookie. He's not a vet yet, but he carries the team, carries the offense like a vet. He's doing a great job with keeping us settled in the huddle. He did a great job with crowd noise this past Sunday. Those type of things would probably get another rookie unsettled."