The Tampa Bay Buccaneers couldn't protect Mike Glennon yesterday. We don't need fancy stats to see that. But those fancy stats are still fun. According to ESPN Mike Glennon was pressured or sacked on 26 of his 49 dropbacks, or 63%. More often than any other quarterback in any game ESPN has charted over the past five years.
That's a pretty impressive record of ineptitude, one that is everyone's fault. The offensive line played some terrible football, with Anthony Collins and even Demar Dotson standing out in incompetence on initial viewing. But it was more than just that: the Ravens sent blitz after blitz after blitz, and the Bucs just couldn't adjust.
They couldn't figure out how to run hot routes, they couldn't figure out how to adjust their protection, and even on plays where the blocking was sound Glennon often held on to the ball for too long, inviting pressure. It was an ugly sight all-around and no one is free from blame.
To make matters worse, it could have been much worse than it really was. In the second half, the Bucs finally seemed to get it together -- but part of that was that the Ravens mostly stopped blitzing. When the Bucs got into touchdown range on one of their drives and the Ravens decided they'd seen enough competence out of the Bucs, they went back at it -- and the line once again collapsed.
The Bucs now head into the bye week with yet another set of problems. The Ravens not only exposed the quality of their offensive line, which was already questionable, but they exposed the Bucs' offensive scheme with their relentless blitzes. The Bucs now have two weeks to figure out how to handle blitzes before the master of the 4-3 blitz comes to town: Mike Zimmer's Minnesota Vikings are next.