Glennon ran a pro-style offense at North Carolina State, and both he and Schiano believe that experience will help him.
“I have five years of an NFL-like offense under my belt. Not the same terminology, not the exact same plays, but as an 18-year-old, I was running NFL concepts,” the rookie said. “You watch college football, and that’s not as common nowadays. So I was very fortunate.”
At 6-foot-6, Glennon is slightly taller than Freeman but lacks the overall size (248 pounds), strength and mobility of the player he’s replacing.
Schiano is confident, though, that Glennon can manage the offense and is capable of making all the throws necessary to be a successful pro.
“I’m not going to get into comparisons with what Josh can do, and what (Glennon) can do,” Schiano said.
“What I will tell you is that Mike is a smart, tough football player. I think he works extremely hard, I think he will go out and try to do what we’re coaching him to do,” Schiano said. “You’re not going to be perfect, no one is. But I think he’s going to try to do it to his ability, which is what we’re asking him to do in the game plan.”
The Bucs need an offensive jolt.
After setting single-season team records for passing yards and points scored in 2012, Tampa Bay has scored just three offensive touchdowns through three games — none in the past seven quarters.
Freeman’s completion percentage and quarterback rating (59.3) are last in the league, and Tampa Bay’s had trouble scoring points despite having proven playmakers in running back Doug Martin and receivers Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams.
The fifth-year pro, once touted by Dominik as a franchise quarterback, has thrown for four TDs vs. 12 interceptions in the last six games.