Speculation regarding Tampa Bay's rookie starting quarterback has certainly escalated in the past two weeks. Previous breakdowns of specific play calls that paint Mike Glennon in an improper light are unjustified.
Mike Glennon, up until now, has thrown for 1535 yards, 11 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions. Let me ask you this. What statistic are you looking for to prove Tampa Bay that we have our future franchise quarterback? or, I'll reword. If you're unhappy with his performance so far, who is it you would like Glennon to resemble?
Let's look at three recent similar quarterbacks. The foremost, Glennon's predecessor, Matt Ryan. In 2008, Ryan, in his rookie year, threw for 3440 yards, 16 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions. In his first completed season, Glennon is on track to surpass all three categories. In 2004, Ben Roethlisberger threw for 2621 yards, 17 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions. Again, all categories that Glennon is on track to defeat. Third, (let the speculators laugh) in 1998, Peyton Manning threw for 3739 yards, 26 touchdowns, and 28 interceptions, a yardage and touchdown amount Glennon is on track to match, and an intecption percentage Glennon is on track to obliterate.
Focus on two more examples please. John Elway in 1983 didn't start all the season's games. So in fairness, his first year, he threw for 1663 yards, 7 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions. His second year, he threw for 2578 yards, 18 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions. All statistics Glennon is on track to beat. Not enough for you? How about Brett Favre? The league's all time leading passer threw for 3227 yards his rookie year in 1992, 18 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions. All marks that Glennon is on track to pass. The point of this article is absolutely not to fortell or predict that Tampa Bay has a quarterback of this caliber. However, I sincerely feel that many, many people forget the statistics regarding the greatest quarterbacks in the NFL and realistic ideas regarding rookie quarterback play needs to be refocused. It still has yet to be determined, but Mike Glennon has every shot in the world so solidify himself as Tampa Bay's franchise quarterback.