Mike Glennon took over at quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 4, and since then he’s posted better numbers in every category than Josh Freeman.
And if you ask many members of the Tampa Bay fanbase, being better than Josh Freeman is enough to earn undying love and devotion.
Likewise, many fans of the team are okay with Glennon, or believe he is the future, simply because he is a rookie and is winning games and is posting decent completion percentages with limited interception numbers.
But like his head coach, there is a road ahead for Glennon to prove he’s better than the quarterbacks who will be available for the Buccaneers in the 2014 offseason. And it’s not about reading box scores, it’s about proving he’s better than the rookies, free agents, and trade targets available after the season.
Mike Glennon still struggles with deep passes (today’s two deep completions were thanks to incredible catches from Vincent Jackson, and still don’t show a repeatable, consistent skill at throwing long passes), and is hesitant in the pocket and sometimes passes up or misses open receivers in favor of taking a sack. He also struggles with placing the ball on timing throws to his receivers, and struggles to “throw his receivers open,” opting to instead wait for an open man and throw the easy pass.
There’s nothing glaringly wrong with how Glennon has played, but there is room for improvement. And despite Sunday’s impressive stat line, there is still plenty left to prove for the rookie from NC State. He has to be better than all of the rookies and veterans who will be available to the Buccaneers in the spring and summer of 2014. And so far, he doesn’t have enough tape to tell us he’s clearly better than those other options.
Being a franchise quarterback, or even an above average starter, isn’t about posting certain statistics or winning a certain amount of games. It’s about putting together film that shows repeatable skills that lead to offensive success.
So far, Glennon has shown flashes of brilliance, but also shows some flaws that must be addressed for him to be considered the future of the franchise at his position.