TAMPA — Despite Sunday's performance, in which he passed for the second-fewest yards in a complete game this NFL season, Mike Glennon still is moving the chains forward in his development.
That's according to coach Greg Schiano, who nonetheless told his rookie signalcaller to stay home from work Monday and recharge.
"You have to look at his body of work, especially as a rookie quarterback," Schiano said....
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....
TAMPA — They are the league's best pickpockets, the men of steal, the defense producing the most interceptions and most takeaways in the NFL.
So if you are looking behind the refrigerator for a way to explain why the Bucs have suddenly won four of their past five, start there.
They have Lavonte David, whom many consider the best linebacker on the planet and who stayed tighter to the football than white laces in Sunday's 27-6 win over the Bills before an announced 59,194 at Raymond James Stadium....
TAMPA — At 5 feet 10 and a cheeseburger over 200 pounds, Keith Tandy still struggles to look the part of a safety. But he has had no trouble playing like one.
The second-year cornerback from West Virginia was converted in the offseason and is tied with Bucs linebacker Lavonte David for the team lead with three interceptions despite limited playing time.
"I used to see him once a year. He intercepted us twice," said Bucs coach Greg Schiano, whose former Rutgers team was a Big East rival with the Mountaineers. "We thought that he could be a really good sub safety because he's got good ball skills, coverage skills. ...
Gerald McCoy could use some help. The Pro Bowl defensive tackle leads the Bucs in sacks with six, but because of the poor pass rush production of their ends, defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan routinely dials up stunts and pressures on third down to bring heat off of the edges.
Tampa Bay is tied for 28th in the league with 24 sacks. More glaring, only six have come from outside pass rushers, including four by Adrian Clayborn....
With temperatures near a record high of 82 degrees Thursday, the Bucs spilled some sweat as their scout team offense simulated the Buffalo Bills’ up-tempo attack. The forecast Sunday calls for 80 degrees and no chance of rain, which might create a home field advantage for the Bucs.
“As we all know it’s really heated up here the last couple of days and it’s going to be very warm on Sunday,’’ coach Greg Schiano said. “Today we were simulating the no huddle with running a couple huddles and running guys in and out and I’m sure we’ll have some IVs flowing in the training room. So real feel (like temperature) out there was close to 90 (degrees). That will have an impact, I’m sure....
TAMPA — Coach Greg Schiano has always preached to his team that the clock is its enemy. If that's true, the 12 minutes at halftime have been the Bucs' toughest opponent this season.
Tampa Bay has gone scoreless in the third quarter in nine of its dozen games. For that matter, the Bucs average 5.6 points in the second half, the fewest in the league.
When you consider all that happens between the end of the second quarter and the third-quarter kickoff — players take bathroom breaks, adjust equipment and visit the trainers — it doesn't leave many minutes for halftime adjustments....
TAMPA — After his team set a season low for yards gained — for the second straight week — Bucs coach Greg Schiano said he regretted not calling some specialty plays that might have sparked the offense Sunday against the Panthers.
During its three-game winning streak, Tampa Bay was more aggressive: An option pass, a throw to the tackle eligible, a fake field goal and an onside kick....
After back-to-back weeks setting new lows for the fewest yards gained in a game this season, coach Greg Schiano said he regretted not calling some specialty plays that might have sparked the Bucs offense against the Carolina Panthers Sunday.
During their three-game winning streak, Tampa Bay was more aggressive in calling an option pass, direct snaps to the running back, a throw to the tackle eligible, a fake field goal and an on-side kick....
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — One play Sunday typified the Bucs' performance against the league's hottest team.
From the Carolina 4 with a chance to take the lead early in the second quarter, rookie quarterback Mike Glennon rolled to his left looking for an open receiver in the end zone, cocked his throwing arm and watched in disbelief as the ball slipped backward out of his hand, creating a fumble recovered by the Panthers....
Black Friday came and went without the Buccaneers shopping for a quarterback.
After all, it would be hard to find a better bargain in the NFL than Mike Glennon. So many teams discounted the talent of the 6-foot-6, 225-pound rookie from N.C. State that he admits being overlooked until the third round of the draft put a chip on his shoulder pads.
"That still lights a little fire in me," Glennon, 23, said. "But I like to look at it in a positive way. I want to prove that the Bucs made the right decision. I want to do it for my coaches that believed in me and for the players on my team. Overall, it's more about proving those that believed in me right than proving those that didn't believe in me wrong."...
Imagine an NFC South team with a young, inexperienced quarterback who wasn't winning games, an upstart defense that couldn't close and a second-year coach on the hot seat after back-to-back losing seasons.
A year later, the Panthers (8-3) own the league's longest current win streak at seven, quarterback Cam Newton is playing lights out, the defense is ranked third in the NFL and Ron Rivera is a candidate for coach of the year....
TAMPA — Bucs CB Darrelle Revis said his groin strain is "way better," and he practiced Friday in a limited capacity for the first time this week. But he is listed as questionable for Sunday's game at Carolina.
"It will probably be a game-time decision," Revis said. "I'll probably have to get out (on the field) a little earlier and try to run and see how I feel when I cut and when I move. It's better. It's way better. Hopefully, the rest of (Friday) and (Saturday), I'll get a lot more rest and move forward to Sunday."...
Bucs cornerback Darrelle Revis says his groin strain is 'way better,' and practiced in a limited capacity for the first time Friday but still is listed as questionable against the Carolina Panthers.