The Tampa Bay Buccaneers played their best game of the season in a loss. They faced the Seattle Seahawks in week 9 and jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the second quarter, They were all over the Seahawks in all phases of the game, and Mike Glennon looked terrific in probably his best game on the season.
And then the second half happened.
Still, that was a fascinating game with some quality play from the Bucs, even more so with the Seahawks being favorites to head to the Super Bowl this year. Mike Glennon discussed the noise and environment he faced in Seattle with The MMQB.
Against the Seahawks, we had to use the silent count out of the shotgun for the whole game; the linemen couldn't hear me even from a couple yards back. The silent count actually helped us a few times, because we got them to jump and got a few free plays. On my first touchdown, a 12-yard pass to Tim Wright, I knew that a defender had jumped offside, so I gave our receiver a chance to catch a ball that I might not have thrown if they weren't offside. I think we got the Seahawks to jump twice, but that was a while ago, so they might have cleaned it up since then.
That's some decent awareness from Glennon on the team's second touchdown of the day. Glennon actually completed 17 of 23 passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions and three sacks that day. Not a dominant performance, as much of the offensive production came on Mike James' 158-yard rushing day, but Glennon made a few key plays and did a good job managing the game.
On a related note, I never understood why NFL players don't use earplugs in noise-heavy environments more often. There's a reason why they're mandatory in a lot of industries. I'm a drummer, and I would have been deaf years ago if it weren't for earplugs. Getting some decent quality earplugs costs nothing and aids in communication. I can't tell you how often I've been in a loud bar and have had no issues understanding people, just because I'm wearing earplugs. They should be standard equipment for every team -- not some special feature on ESPN when the Vikings decide to use them against the Saints in the Superdome.