The Buccaneers’ offense looked a lot better in Week 4 than it did in the previous three weeks. Could it have been because of Josh McCown’s absence?
Let’s say that's a strong possibility.
We've seen the mistakes McCown made the first three weeks of the season. All of which he said he would correct but never did. His interceptions led to points for the opposition which really hurt Tampa Bay in Weeks 1 and 2. There was also frustration because the throws were never made even when he had time and receivers streaked down the seam open.
Now, quarterbacks coach/offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo is working with second-year quarterback Mike Glennon in running the offense. Glennon ran the offense well this past Sunday and looked very comfortable doing so. Granted there were passes he'd like to have back, but there were plenty of drops by receivers that Glennon put on the money. All of that has Arroyo looking forward to continuing to work with the future of the franchise, saying it’ll be a collective effort.
“There’s a lot of little improvements, little things, but more than anything I just want to see him get better from that game to this game and doing that is all-around and that starts with me being detailed in the things that I ask him to do as far as protections and progressions, knowing where to go with the ball," Arroyo said. "Certain types of throws were good indicators of really how to fine tune your skills straight. Some of those balls, in the red zone territory, they have to be really tight, and those are some big time balls. Those balls need to be drove, some of them need to be touched and to continue to find ways to do that with the guys that we’re playing with and growing with and it just takes reps – like exactly where does guy want the ball on a back-shoulder [throw] or exactly where that seam-ball is on the 10-yard line with coverage under him. There are a lot little intricate things that we can continue to get better at that were there and it’s good because it’s on tape, we get to coach it and we’ve done that this week.”
Arroyo sounds committed, for the moment, to Glennon. He acknowledges that in order for the 2013 third-rounder to improve his quarterback play is with reps.
But even with limited reps due to his position on the depth chart, Glennon just looked better. The timing of his passes were an obvious improvement over what we have seen as he was able to hit his targets in stride.
There’s no telling what the team will do once McCown returns if he does. However, if Glennon continues to play well, how does Lovie Smith go back to “his guy?”