When Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano handed the starting quarterback job to Mike Glennon in the fourth week of the season amid all manners of chaos in Tampa, it looked like a move that would wind up weighing heavily on Schiano’s future with the team.
For the first few weeks, that weight was all on the side of a new coach in 2014. The Bucs kept losing, although Glennon wasn’t the top reason for their losing streak hitting eight games, and Schiano’s ouster seemed imminent. Three weeks, three wins and supportive words from players and executives have turned the heat down with Glennon’s play having a major role.
Glennon’s 34-of-44 for 478 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions over the last two weeks and he’s thrown 12 touchdowns and two interceptions over the last seven games, moving him to the front of the line of this year’s rookie quarterbacks. If Glennon continues to look like a quarterback you can build around for the long term, Schiano’s argument for another year gets much better and it’s no surprise that Schiano thinks Glennon can be that quarterback for the Bucs.
“As long as he continues on this trajectory, he’s is a guy you’d love to have as a quarterback for a long time,” Schiano said, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.
The Bucs will face a stiffer defensive test in Carolina than they did in Detroit. Should Glennon pass it, Schiano’s chances of remaining around a longer time should continue to improve.