When it comes to comparing rookie quarterbacks, Mike Glennon has broken just about every Bucs record: most yards, most touchdowns, and highest quarterback rating. Overall, Glennon has been a gem for the Bucs this season.
Over the last two games, the rookie has looked, well, like a rookie. Against the Buffalo Bills, Glennon threw for his lowest total of the season.
Really, over the last two games, Glennon hasn't played to his game. There are plenty of reasons for it. Greg Schiano has noticed the dropoff and gave Glennon a little extra time to recover this week by letting him sleep in on Tuesday.
"We gave him off because we just wanted to make sure he got some rest," said Schiano. "He's been working so hard and he's been getting hit. He's been playing against some really good fronts and he's been taking shots.
"I've said to you guys before, I liken it to being in a car accident. When you get hit by these 300-plus D-linemen, it's not very unlike being in a car accident, except we ask you to get up and play the next play; usually they take you somewhere. When it happens over and over again, you want to give the guy a little rest."
Adding to Glennon's difficulties are that teams have film on him now, the opponents have had pretty solid defenses, and then there's a thing called the 'rookie wall.'
The question is, has he hit it? Glennon doesn't think so.
"I feel good," he insisted. "My body feels great. The line's doing a great job. I only got hit a couple times last week against the leading sack team in the league. Mentally, I feel good."
Glennon didn't feel the need for too much rest, sleeping in to 9 a.m. and then cleaning his apartment.
"I come in, keep to my routine every week and prepare the same way," he continued. "I think forcing myself to stay on top of things and not letting myself, mentally, get away from it has really helped me out. I feel very well both physically and mentally."
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