Can Glennon The Cannon Win Rookie Of The Year?
By Christopher Scali
Ships ahoy fans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers! Rookie QB Mike Glennon is making his mark down in the misty bay, continuing week in and week out to prove that he has what it takes to be a signal caller in the NFL. In eight games so far, Glennon the Cannon has passed for 1,782 yards with 13 touchdowns and own a quarterback rating of 91.6. When Glennon was drafted from North Carolina State, there were questions about his accuracy and arm strength, but I for one was ecstatic. The big four QBs that were on draft boards all over the league were EJ Manuel, Geno Smith, Matt Barkley and finally, Glennon. Out of those four quarterbacks, Manuel has passed for 1,385 yards with just eight touchdowns, Smith has 2,227 yards with eight touchdowns and Barkley is currently warming up the Philadelphia Eagles bench.
Out of that group, Glennon alone has proven that he can be a franchise quarterback in the NFL. He has been improving each week, averaging about two touchdowns per game. Since the season started, Glennon witnessed a vast amount of heavy drama down in Tampa Bay, between a winless record and, of course, the Josh Freeman fiasco. Glennon has proven that he has the mental makeup to be a leader and has shown fans that he can win football games.
Can anyone say Rookie of the Year?
Glennon has already developed plenty of chemistry with his teammates, including WRs Vincent Jackson and Tiquan Underwood as well as rookie TE Timothy Wright. Glennon reminds me of New England QB Tom Brady. They both make smart decisions in the pocket, have shown strong arm strength and accuracy with the rock. Glennon can eventually win a Super Bowl for the Bucs because he has all of the tools every quarterback needs.
The big word that has to be on Glennon's mind right now has to be “playoffs”. At this moment, the NFC in general is just all over the place and any team can come from behind and snag a spot. The remaining schedule for the Buccaneers includes the Carolina Panthers, Buffalo Bills, San Francisco 49ers, St. Louis Rams and the New Orleans Saints. In order for the Bucs to have any chance of reaching the postseason, they have to win each of those five games. I know it sounds like an impossibility, but stranger things have happened. Hey, if Tim Tebow can do it then why can't Glennon?
I personally think that NFL experts all over have been mostly negative when discussing Tampa Bay, fixating strictly on the negative and ignoring the positives. They certainly overlooked Glennon's rising success and have not mentioned too loudly that he just won Offensive Rookie of the Month.
Heading into this weekend, there is not doubt that this will be the biggest week yet for the rookie QB. The last time he faced the fearsome Panthers, Glennon was thrown to the ground. This time around, he must rip the Carolina defense apart and the offensive line must give him time to throw in the pocket. Revenge is a dish best served cold, so Glennon has to play with ice in his veins. When Glennon is secure in the pocket and not under pressure, he has thrown eight touchdown passes and has just one pick.
Glennon has begun to build the foundation to be named Rookie of the Year for the 2013 season. He has made such a huge impact around the NFL and is the best offensive rookie in the NFL right now. Glennon has helped turn around a team that had hit rock bottom. Despite the Bucs 3-8 record, he is giving them confidence to keep moving forward. If the Buccaneers had decided to stick with Freeman, what situation would we be looking at now? Glennon is undoubtedly the future of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Glennon is going to set sail for Carolina and prepare to blow the Panthers out of the water. There is no way the Panthers are going to sweep the Bucs in the NFC South. Glennon has the all of the weapons needed to snap the Panthers' seven game win steak, and Tampa Bay will not let the Panthers embarrass them once again.
This 2013 Rookie of the Year candidate is going to add to the Buccaneers' win streak this Sunday on the road! Fire the Cannons!