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

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Dec 8, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson (83) is congratulated by quarterback Mike Glennon (8) after a touchdown during the first half against the Buffalo Bills at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Entry-Level Stats

The most obvious statistics about Glennon are the ones you already know by heart. Glennon finished the season with 19 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 13 games, one of the better TD/INT ratios for a rookie QB in NFL history.

Combine those numbers with a completion percentage just shy of 60 percent and just over 2600 yards, and you have a very solid rookie season numbers-wise. In fact, it’s the sixth-best season in Buccaneers’ history in terms of passer rating from a QB who started at least 10 games.

Glennon’s 83.9 passer rating is also 11th best all-time at the quarterback position for a rookie for QBs who threw 200 or more passes, ranking ahead of notable names like Jim Kelly, Joe Flacco and Warren Moon. His QB rating is the fifth-highest for a quarterback not selected in the first round of the NFL draft.

But, among the top 12 rookie quarterbacks who threw the ball 200 or more times, Glennon has the worst winning percentage with his 4-9 record as a starter. Football is a team game, and I am a firm believer that wins and losses are not a QB statistic, so take this statistic for what it’s worth.

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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…