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Scouting Reports – A Story about Mike Glennon

Below, I am going to copy and paste a scouting report I wrote about a quarterback before the 2012 draft. When I reviewed
Mike Glennon

, Tampa Bay’s new starting quarterback, during the 2012-13 season everything I saw was the same. Exactly the same.

Report: Quarterback X has great size and a live arm, he can make all the throws and has no issue throwing the ball into tight windows. The positives, unfortunately, end there. While Quarterback X has the tools to be a successful quarterback, it does not translate to the field. He stares down his first read, every time, and if it’s there he gets it to him right where it needs to be to make the play. If it’s not there? Good luck. His mechanics fall apart as the pocket collapses when he has to move his eyes to his second and third reads, or he resets his feet. Ugliness usually ensues.

Coverage is weak enough in college that there isn’t that much bad tape, but these issues are going to be magnified in the pros. A good coach will, of course, look at his strengths and weaknesses and say, ‘yeah, I can fix him,’ because coaches have it engrained in their heads that they can fix everything. Unfortunately, they can’t. Teaching a player how to read the field, manipulate defenders with eye movement and pump fakes, and make good decisions in less than 2.5 seconds is not an easy skill to teach. This is why there are so few great quarterbacks in the world; it takes a unique skillset and mindset to work. If you only have one or the other, it’s probably not going to work.

That scouting report? Brandon Weeden
Mike Glennon

is the same player. Every time I watched him last year, it was like I was watching a game on DVR from the prior season, sans Justin Blackmon
. So how exactly is this going to work in Tampa Bay? It’s not. Coach Greg Schiano has stepped on so many toes in Tampa Bay’s organization he will be lucky to get his next coaching job in the FBS ranks of college football. He brought a similar approach from college to the pros and it just isn’t working – rely on your guys to win 1-on-1 battles. It works in college because of the talent disparity, it doesn’t work in the pros because there isn’t one.

The type of passing offense the Buccaneers run is designed to suit Glennon’s strengths, but it’s also an all-or-nothing approach that sets up many low percentage plays in which Glennon throws it to a spot and his intended target is supposed to beat his man to it. Again, in college, a conceivable concept against inferior competition. In the pros? Not so much. This should set up Glennon for a potential opportunity at short-term success as it won’t require him to do much thinking, especially if defenses continue to play primarily single high safety defense against Tampa Bay. Maybe this will open the door to a new regime? Not likely, because they will want to bring in their own guy. But crazier things have happened.

In the end, dynasty owners, there isn’t a market for Glennon right now. If you did pick him up, you didn’t pay much for him. Ride it out, it’s all you can really do. If he has a couple of strong games, though? Test the market for a team without a young quarterback because you won’t want him to be on your roster when the bottom inevitably falls out like it did on Weeden last week. Some say copy and paste is just lazy, sometimes they’re right. In this case, it’s just efficient scouting.

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