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Schiano tells struggling Glennon to 'take a breath.'



Despite passing for the second-fewest yards in an NFL game by a starting quarterback this season on Sunday, Mike Glennon still is moving the chains forward in his development.

That’s according to coach Greg Schiano, who nonetheless told his rookie signal caller to stay home from work on Monday and recharge.

“I think you have to look at his body of work, especially as a rookie quarterback,’’ Schiano said.

“The big thing I want Mike to do is to take a little blow right now. He’s been grinding really, really hard. Even in the bye week, this guy didn’t take off. I just want him to take a breath. He’ll come back tomorrow afternoon ready to go. I told him I don’t want to see you in the morning. Stay out of here. Do what you do. Sleep. Whatever. We’ll get cracking in the afternoon.’’

Glennon went 9-of-25 passing for 90 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in Sunday’s 27-6 win over the Buffalo Bills. It was the second lowest passing output by a quarterback who started and finished the game only to the Oakland Raiders Terrelle Pryor, who passed for 88 yards against the Steelers earlier this season.

Glennon has committed four turnovers in his last two games after going the previous six games with only one interception. And the Bucs’ epic struggles in the second half of games continue. Tampa Bay had only 28 total yards after intermission Sunday against the Bills and Glennon passed for only 20 yards after the first quarter.

“He’s faced two of the better pass defenses for sure, one top defense period,’’ Schiano said. “We missed some things for sure. There were some plays we left on the table that we can’t afford to do. But they’re multiple (in coverage and personnel) and for what we ask our quarterback to do, that’s probably the toughest type of opponent to play.’’

While Glennon has struggled against the Panthers and Bills, the Bucs offense has been against the ropes with him.

Schiano acknowledges injuries have reduced the weapons for Glennon, but he says the offensive staff still has to find way to put players in position to score points.

"I’m disappointed,’’ Schiano said. “We did pull the reins back some, but that doesn’t account for some of the things we did that are very, very frustrating. We need to get better.

“With the offensive staff and me, we spend three or four hours on the tape. Look, I get it, we’re missing this guy, we’re missing that guy. I’m not going to be naïve to that. I’m not going to ever use this as an excuse but I’m not going to also be naïve to the fact we’re playing with some guys that originally weren’t in the plans. But now they’re in the plans. I don’t care if they’re the best pass defense, the best rush defense, the best defense – we have to find a way to score points and we did at times yesterday but not with all the opportunities we had.’’

[Last modified: Monday, December 9, 2013 6:40pm]


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