Mike Glennon 2013 Statistics Roundup: What Do the Numbers Say About the Buccaneers Rookie Quarterback?

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Dec 29, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon (8) against the New Orleans Saints during the first half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

In part three of our season statistics roundup, we take a look at Mike Glennon, and consider what the numbers say about the first-year signal caller from NC State. Check out the first two parts of the statistics roundup here and here.

Apart from head coach Greg Schiano, who has since been fired and replaced, no player caused more discussion and debate among Buccaneer fans late in the 2013 season than rookie quarterback Mike Glennon. There was a clear divide among fans as to whether or not Glennon was good enough to be the starting quarterback of the Buccaneers moving forward and help turn around their offensive offense.

And while my opinion of the tape I’ve watched tells me Glennon has a lot to overcome before he can be anything but a bottom-tier starter in the NFL, I also respect what numbers and statistics can tell us about a quarterback.

Statistics don’t tell the whole story, and especially not basic, counting statistics. So let’s take a look at all the numbers to see just how Glennon did in his first season under center.

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  • PINN

    In my opinion, YPA is more a reflection of the offensive system than it is the QB.

    • LeoTPP

      I think average depth of throw says more about the system than YPA. A QB can execute well enough or poorly enough to raise or lower his YPA, but depth of throw indicates the throws available to him in the offense.

      • Jayson Kaplan

        I tend to agree, but you also have to factor in the number of available throws downfield a QB didn’t take or see because of his reaction to pressure.

  • Jayson Kaplan

    The set of numbers that say all I need to know about Glennon came in the Buffalo game. If Glennon goes 9/21 in a win against one of the few teams worse than the Bucs, it says all I need to know. Win or lose, the guy has miles to go to get to mediocre. We don’t have time to wait for that to develop.

  • victorbarney

    This article is another good point why good management is so important to any winning franchise by history…