With the Detroit Lions facing a matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, I got together with Leo Howell of The Pewter Plank for a pregame Q&A.
1. What is your take on the Bucs disappointing season overall?
To me, the failures for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this season begin on the sidelines. There have been multiple games thrown away on poor decisions or mental errors, and that goes back to the head coach. For everything he’s allegedly done off-the-field, the biggest crime for Greg Schiano is simply not being a very good gameday head coach, and not preparing his team over the course of a week of practice to compete at their best.
The team is talented and gives good effort. So the coaching and management remain as the only logical explanation for why the team is struggling.
2. Is Mike Glennon the long-term answer at quarterback? What should we expect from him on Sunday?
The first part of the question is still to be decided. We’ve done plenty of analysis and had lots of discussions about Glennon at the Pewter Plank, and we’ve still yet to figure out if he’s “the guy.”
As for the second part, you can expect to see a quarterback who will take what he is given, and will get spooked in the pocket from time to time. Glennon doesn’t have a ton of poise in the pocket, and will often duck his head or roll out at the slightest hint of pressure. But when he’s allowed time, and there’s a receiver open, he’s going to put it on the money and get some yards.
He’s not an overly talented passer, but he’s fully capable of picking apart a defense when he has time to stand in the pocket.