The read-option has become such an NFL buzzword in the last year that to hear some of its enthusiasts talk about it, you’d think pocket passers had gone the way of dropkicks, single-bar facemasks and barefoot kickers. But former North Carolina State quarterback Mike Glennon would like to remind you that there’s still a place in the NFL for passers like him.
Glennon, who passed for 4,031 yards but had negative rushing yardage during his senior season, said on NFL Network that he’s eager to get in a pro-style offense that will let him set up in the pocket and look to pass, not to run.
“I would describe myself as the classic drop-back quarterback, big arm, not really going to beat anybody with my feet,” Glennon said. “I can move a little better than most people give me credit for, but I’m not going to be doing any of the new read-option stuff.”
The 6-foot-7, 225-pound Glennon says that “NFL pocket passer” is the role he was born to play.
“I’m really driven, I want to be successful in everything I do,” Glennon said. “In my childhood I dreamed of being an NFL quarterback, throwing the ball in the backyard.”
That’s throwing the ball in the backyard. Not running the ball.