TAMPA, Fla. -- Early in Monday’s session with the media, Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano offered a disclaimer.
“Anything that I say, can and will be prefaced with we didn’t do it well enough to win, so certainly I’m not satisfied,’’ Schiano said.
That’s a good start, because it’s tough to put a positive spin on Sunday’s 33-14 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Schiano continued to sing the praises of rookie quarterback Mike Glennon -- even after a game in which Glennon and the offense struggled for a good chunk of the day.
“Just the way that he stood in there versus pressure,’’ Schiano said. “One of the things that I talk to him about is there are times when you have to use your escape ability, which is better than people give him credit for. But there are other times that you just need to hang in the pocket and trust the protection. The hard thing for a quarterback is sometimes you have to trust something that maybe didn’t deserve it because the play before you got whacked. But you have to, otherwise you can’t be effective. I thought he threw a few good balls right at the last second that you could, yet he did escape and make some throws as well.’’
It’s become quite obvious Schiano has a much stronger affinity for Glennon than he did for Josh Freeman, who started the first three games of the season. Schiano said the whole playbook is on the table for Glennon, and the Bucs showed a new wrinkle by going to the two-minute offense at different points in the game.
Although the Bucs now rank No. 32 in both total offense and passing offense, Schiano said he’s not afraid of throwing anything at Glennon.
“I’m not and I don’t think our staff is in any way. Certainly you’re concerned with exposure to defenses, because no matter how great a learner he is, until you actually go through it ... it’s kind of like driving, until you get behind the wheel.’’
Both of Tampa Bay’s touchdowns against San Francisco came when the Bucs were using their no-huddle offense. Glennon showed he can handle the hurry-up offense. But that doesn’t mean that a lot of Tampa Bay fans will get their wish and see Glennon in the no-huddle for an entire game.
“He has really caught on quickly,’’ Schiano said. “I think it’s more the defenses than the offenses. One of the things that the no-huddle did was it kind of vanilla-ed them up a little bit. They kind of went into base stuff because they weren’t expecting it. Now, I’m sure St. Louis will have a more extensive no-huddle defense package ready because they’ll probably watch the tape and expect it.’’