I've taken ample time to condense the information included in this article. Discussion regarding Mike Glennon's play has been scrutinized, and micro-examined, which is to be expected when promoted to NFL starter. Some of his critics have deemed him, not of NFL-caliber. Suggestions of finding a replacement have surfaced. These comments to this point are not totally undeserved. His progress has shown at times, in lack of maturity. I've felt strongly that Glennon needs time to mature. It seems though that perhaps, time is running out. Even if it is somewhat unlikely that Tampa will want to, or be in prime position to draft a replacement.
Week 14's second half performance should have no reflection on either Mike Glennon's quarterbacking, nor Greg Schiano's coaching. Mike Glennon completed only 20% of his second half attempts. Out of five throws, he completed one. Five attempts. Five. The game plan changed. It changed from "Hey Mike, throw mid-grade throws, settle into the pocket, identify one-on-one's, drive down the field." to "Hey Mike, don't throw the first pick-6 of your career, stirring an epic comeback..." In effect, that possible path could have regressed Mike single-handedly.
While running the score would have been appealing to a fan based, practically starved of a dominating offense, we could not realistically ask for more coming from both Glennon or Schiano. Let's take Mike's 20+ yard throw to Vincent Jackson. That throw was clearly lacking death dealing emphasis. But his identifying, on the run, that Vincent had broken single coverage, and (likely something discussed with preparation) straight-up, Vincent has the clear advantage on the defensive-back, was the right read. Here's the point though. There was no reason to try such throws in the second half of a game that Tampa was leading by 3 scores. Schiano identified that Buffalo had no response to Tampa's defense. He allowed them to go out, and win the game. This was not the wrong course of action. Schiano needs as many wins as he can get heading into the Glazer's front office in three weeks, and while, right this second he may be holding our rookie quarterback back by taking those two quarters away from him, it doesn't reflect how he will coach week one, next year. We can likely expect atleast slight maturity from our quarterback, and certainly a stronger game plan from our Coach. One similar to the first half of Buffalo's loss.
It is a difficult responsibility for the GM of any franchise to determine such positions with completely minute windows to base such upon. However, we as a wanting fan base need to focus on the situational football that can translate to week one next year. Do these two men give us the best chance to take on a revived Atlanta, a dominate New Orleans, and an up-and-coming Carolina team? Or, does starting from scratch (which would likely require trading something to move up the draft) give us that? There are only three weeks left.