The Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2013 season was largely a disappointment. After starting the year on an seven-game losing streak it was clear that any playoff hopes the Bucs may have held were extinguished. They came into Seattle Week 8 massive underdogs and head coach Greg Schiano was fighting for his job.
What happened next turned around Tampa Bay’s season and possibly the future of the franchise. For thirty minutes the Bucs played football about as perfectly as humanly possible. Playing against the best defense in the NFL they ran up a 21-0 lead by halftime. Rookie quarterback Mike Glennon was a major part of that success; by the end of the day he finished with a 123.1 passer rating.
Seattle eventually stormed back and won in overtime, but if ever a lost game could be considered a moral victory it was this. Tampa went on to win four of its next five games and salvaged some dignity for a franchise that hasn’t had much to celebrate since 2002’s Super bowl win.
Since then a lot of big changes have happened with the Bucs, but they’re still building on that success. New head coach Lovie Smith brought in veteran Josh McCown to start at quarterback, but he’s positive that Glennon has a future with this team. Over the weekend Smith said that Glennon has done everything that’s been asked of him:
“He’s had a good offseason in general… He can make all of the throws. I’ve asked him to move into a different role, he’s embraced that and as you can see we feel if Mike ended up having to play for us this year we will win a lot of football games. He’s a good football player, he’s proven that, but again this is his second year and there’s still a long ways to go, but we’re getting there.”
On Sunday at training camp Glennon connected with his receivers on a number of impressive plays and made the throw of the day with an 84-yard touchdown pass to running back Jeff Demps.