Glennon calm, cool in pocket
The Tampa Tribune, published 25 November 2013

Any rookie quarterback who registers a passer rating of 137.5 is setting a pretty high standard. Mike Glennon just found a way to top himself. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ third-round draft pick out of North Carolina State overcame four sacks to throw for 247 yards en route to a 138.4 rating Sunday that reinforced his reputation among Bucs teammates as one cool customer.

“Mike Glennon has been on a roll,’’ said Bucs defensive end Adrian Clayborn, who had a sack and three tackles for loss against the Lions. “We’re all glad he got his opportunity to shine, and we’re rolling right along with him.’’

Glennon escaped constant pressure long enough to complete 14 of 21 passes, hitting Tiquan Underwood for touchdowns throws of 7 and 85 yards. Most impressively, he boasts 10 scoring passes and only one interception in the past six weeks. Sunday’s victory had a different feel for Glennon as the surging Bucs beat a winning team on the road without the benefit of a productive ground game.

“We knew it was going to be a challenge going in,’’ said Glennon, who has completed 34 of 44 passes in the past two games. “We knew we were going to have to hit our plays in the pass game to be effective, and we did that.’’

The Lions dropped Glennon four times and hit him on six other occasions, yet his focus never wavered. “They blitzed us on the road,” Bucs guard Davin Joseph said. “They’ve got a good front four and you’ve got all that noise to deal with, but Mike never got rattled. I said from the start that this kid is a stud, and I was right.’’

Bucs coach Greg Schiano, who benched an ineffective Josh Freeman after three games, is seeing his faith in Glennon be rewarded. “I thought Mike did a very good job of taking care of the football,’’ Schiano said. “He was fierce and held onto the football and didn’t force it. And he took the shots when they were there.’’